FinleyAaron got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Book Covers for the first 3 books in my YA urban fantasy series, Dragon Eye—more books to come!
Check out FinleyAaron's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I am the author of 16 traditionally-published novels, but I’m branching out into self-publishing under a pseudonym (Finley Aaron). If sales of my previous books are any indication, these books should sell quite well, providing the winning design with excellent exposure.
What's your vision?
I’ve written a Young Adult Urban Fantasy Speculative Fiction series (the first two books are ready to go to, the third is in progress, and more are planned) about a teenage girl who learns she is a dragon. What I’m looking for now is essentially one design for the covers, with each book changing the cover only in color and title. For example, for the first cover, I visualize a close-up of a sword blade which reflects like a mirror the eye of a dragon. For the first book, the eye is dazzling, jewel-toned purple. In the second book, it’s blood red. In the third book, it’s fiery yellow-orange. The title of the first book (in large lettering easy to be read as thumbnail) is: Dragon The title of the second: Hydra The third: Phoenix Behind the sword there might be blowing tendrils of smoke, with perhaps the shadow of dragon wings (bat-like, but without hands at the ends—they have arms with hands separate from their wings), or the silhouette of a dragon peering around the sword as though at the reader. I really want the image to stand out in thumbnail, with sharp contrast, to pop visually and grab potential readers. With the central image being a round figure (the dragon’s eye), the cover should be reminiscent of the Hunger Games and Divergent covers. Some notes about the dragon’s appearance: this is an upper level YA urban fantasy, so the dragon needs to look fierce, not cute. The cover should appeal to both male and female readers, teens as well as adults. The dragon has two sharp pointed horns atop its head, but no mane of scales like a stegosaurus. The cover needs to look good with each of the color combinations. Additionally, I'll need three more editions of the same cover in the coming months for the rest of the books in the series, so I'll need to be able to negotiate rate/delivery of those with the winning designer.
Two versions of the cover will be required. One for the eBook, and one for the paperback. The eBook Cover is just the front cover of the paperback cover. The cover artist may include their own credit on the back cover of the book. 1. eBook Cover: a. JPEG b. A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side. For best quality, your image would be 2820 pixels on the shortest side and 4500 pixels on the longest side. Important: We cannot accept any image larger than 10,000 pixels on the longest side. c. ideal height/width ratio of 1.6 2. paperback book cover. a. Media: Full color PDF. b. Resolution: 300 dpi c. Finished Book Format: total width:12.75” height: 9.25” spine width .5” (spine text no wider than .33”) (trim size 6x9) d. Bleed: 0.125” f. Exact Spine Width .48 g. ISBN number—place no visual elements in the lower right-hand corner of the back cover, as the ISBN number will occupy a 2” x 1.2” space on the lower back cover. The paperback file should be a print-ready PDF with all fonts embedded, maximum file size 40 MB Back covers should also contain a reference to my website: www.finleyaaron.com You may also place your cover artist credit there. I have attached a Word document containing the text for the back cover copy.
499 US$ Silver 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.
FinleyAaron collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
This is the second job I've done with Alexandre, "Portugal." This time I didn't do the contest--I knew I wanted Alexandre to do my second cover. He did not disappoint--it is exactly what I asked for and once again he used his expertise and creative eye to make things better than my original request. I also really love how it matches the first cover in a color/font scheme so it looks really professional. This was my first experience asking someone directly to do work and Alexandre was fast, professional, and a delight to work with. I can't recommend his services enough. He is really good at designing book covers!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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