Brad Boney got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Yes, a Big-style romantic comedy from Dreamspinner Press
Check out Brad Boney's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I have written three novels for Dreamspinner Press, a gay romance publisher. Founded in 2007, Dreamspinner releases approximately 300 titles per year. Both gay men and straight women read these books. For more info visit http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
What's your vision?
Design a cover for my fourth novel, titled Yes. This book was inspired by movies like Big (Tom Hanks), 13 Going on 30 (Jennifer Garner), and 17 Again (Zac Efron/Matthew Perry). In these stories, the main character makes a wish and wakes up significantly older or younger. In other words, something magical happens. Yes is a gay romantic comedy. The tone is light and fun. The hook is clear and familiar. I've provided a great, one-word title that should stand out. I want a contemporary cover and am open to a minimalist, high-concept design. There doesn't need to be any representation of the characters, although I’m not opposed to that (just not faces). If you need physical descriptions, please message me. The cover doesn't need to read “romance” or “gay.” Do not feel constrained by the genre. One could even approach it as a movie poster. I'm open to any cool ideas that are well executed. The story is set in Austin, Texas. Austin is young, hip, and urban. It’s a blue city in a red state. The blurb for Yes: On the eve of his 40th birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate kiss—and wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a clean slate and, with Mark’s help, devises a plan to start over. With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness. <end blurb> If you have a concept for a cover based on the blurb, I would love to see it. Be creative. If you cannot come up with a concept, I have three ideas. 1) I like the notion of visualizing the moment of transformation from 40 to 21 years old. The movie poster for 17 Again did this quite nicely, by showing a young Zac Efron with the clothes and briefcase of his older self gathered at his feet. DO NOT USE THIS SPECIFIC IDEA. It's just an example. 2) In the book, Ian switches from drinking red wine to milk after the transformation. I refer to this throughout the entire story, including the last line of the book. The cover could be a glass of red wine “toasting” with a glass of milk, or just a glass of milk, or a young man's face with a milk mustache (but I would not want to see what the guy looks like above the nose), or some other clever idea. 3) Since a coffee shop is the primary setting, you could represent the exterior of La Tazza Magica on the cover, but this is my least favorite idea. The book has a contract and a scheduled release date of March 2015. Dreamspinner Press has an in-house cover art department, but we are trying this as an experiment. Both the press's executive director and cover art director will be following this contest. A good showing, whether or not you win, could lead to more work. Yes will be published as both an e-book and paperback. The design must be effective as a thumbnail. Here are the Dreamspinner Press technical guidelines: Final cover art should be 300 dpi, CMYK, Photoshop file. Imagery can be compressed into one layer, but all type needs to remain on separate layers and unrasterized. The printed cover will be 6" x 9". File should have a .125" bleed built in on the top, bottom, and right side of the artwork. So file dimensions (with artwork extending into the bleed area) should be 6.125" x 9.25". All text needs to clear .5" margin from the trim line. All fonts need to be cleared for commercial use. If the design includes stock photography, images should come from istock, Shutterstock, or Fotolia. Any other stock houses need to be cleared with the publisher before use. NO FULL-WRAP COVERS. Designers may suggest imagery for the back cover. Save it in a layer beneath the front cover image in the Photoshop file. The back cover is the same dimensions as the front. Required text: Book Title: Yes (Do not put the title in all caps. Yes, not YES.) Author name: Brad Boney Optional text (tag line): What if youth wasn't wasted on the young? (The movie posters in this genre often included a similar tag line. I have written one in case you wish to go in that direction. Only the title and author name are required.) No script or cursive fonts. Don't represent a chocolate kiss. The copyright is owned by Hershey, and they are very litigious.
For more about my books, visit my Amazon page (http://www.amazon.com/author/bradboney) and read one of my more than 200 reader reviews. Or visit my website (http://www.bradboney.com). I have attached covers from my first three books, for context only.
299 US$ Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Brad Boney collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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