claylindemuth got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Book Cover: "INTEGRITY" : Troubled young man fights to reclaim his honor
Check out claylindemuth's Book cover contest…
With rave reviews from Publishers Weekly (starred review and best of the week), IndieNext List, Kirkus, BlueInk Review, Foreword Reviews, San Francisco Book Review, Seattle Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, Indie Reader and more, if you haven't read Clayton Lindemuth's unique brand of literary noir, what are you waiting for?
A 15 year old boy growing up poor on a farm is a budding thief. His father can't keep a job because of his temper. They fight often. Outsiders arrive to claim property the boy's father just inherited, and shortly later the house burns. All the evidence points to the boy seizing the opportunity to burn the house and ruin his father. Accused and with a track record of thieving and deception, no one believes his denials. But a lesson on integrity from a stranger challenges the boy to prove his innocence, and in doing so, he's given the opportunity to thwart a second attack from the real culprits, thus proving his innocence, selflessness and heroism.
Mature teens and adults. The cover should appeal to both.
Book cover type
First, if the book's description sparked your creativity and you have your own concept of the perfect cover to demonstrate the book's ideas, go with it. I'm as likely to pick something I didn't think of as what I did. The way I'm imagining the cover is this: Mostly white, and as if the cover itself is half buried under snow. The background of the entire cover is a rural scene in a whiteout. Snow everywhere, so most of the cover is snow, with occasional country scenery like a couple trees poking through for context. Center of the cover is a faded/washed out image of a young man's face, large enough that his eye is able to contain another image of a roaring house fire. If that looks stupid, then the house fire needs to be contained within the boy's face. I am providing an image I bought off shutterstock, but if you're aware of a better, more troubled face, go ahead and use it. I'd like the title on top in a strong, dark, gritty font, possibly borrowing colors from the trees used in the background image, a dark green or brown. Experiment if it looks stupid. In general, I like shadowed/3D letters. Don't know if they'll look right on this cover. I'd like my name at the bottom, in a thinner, rounder font, like the one used in the John Grisham A Time to Kill cover, possibly borrowing colors from the burning house. Last, feel free to experiment with everything and use your skills to make a knockout cover that appeals to both young men and adult readers. The cover should convey grit, action, and redemption.
What to avoid
Don't show the suit jacket/tshirt the kid is wearing.
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.
claylindemuth collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
Recently completed contests:
Men ranging in age from 17 to about 50 years of age throughout the Western world who are hungry for the aspects of Manho
Men and women who enjoy reading exciting international thrillers.
Women who like novels about mystery and family.
Christians, church groups, worship leaders, bible studies, small groups
Professionals working the the data and telecommunications industry, especially those looking to create a more environmen
Mainline Protestant Pastors
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