Dtollen got their new book cover by running a design contest:
A Book of History, Myth, and Fantasy: Design the Cover
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The Jericho River is a novel that uses fantasy to teach the history of Western Civilization. It’s won several awards for its unique story and content. But because it's so unusual, we’ve had trouble figuring out how to market it, and that’s led to some missteps with the cover. We think we’ve got it figured out, and we want a cover that reflects the new direction. I've attached a story synopsis to this brief below. And the author website provides a further description, as well as reviews and sample content: http://davidtollen.com/the-jericho-river/. (The images on the website, however, reflect the OLD marketing plan, not the NEW style we'd like for your designs.) The book serves two audiences: (1) teenagers and (2) adults who’d like a fun, easy way to learn and explore history. The cover should appeal to BOTH. (The problem with the current cover is that it appeals just to the teen market.) The Jericho River is a unique, award-winning book, and your name will appear inside if you’re the cover artist (unless you don’t want that). So this could be a great opportunity. I hope you have fun with it.
What's your vision?
-- A front and back cover (and a spine) for The Jericho River -- The cover should give a feeling of old fashioned travel-adventure, of history, and of mythic fantasy. It should suggest enough mystery to appeal to teens and to fantasy and adventure readers, but it should be sophisticated enough for adults who don't normally read fantasy. The size is 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Both illustrations and photos (appropriately licensed) are welcome (and we're willing to pay for stock photos). FRONT COVER The front cover should include the full title, subtitle, and author name: The Jericho River A Novel About the History of Western Civilization by David W. Tollen The front cover also needs a small gold seal that lists awards. It should be identical to or similar to the seal on the current cover, which you can find at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Jericho-River-David-W-Tollen/dp/0985451726, and in the slider on the author-page website: http://davidtollen.com/artwork/ (first image to the left). For the design, I’m interested in a collage or montage of images, not a scene from the story. Again, it should be somewhat sophisticated: interesting to teen readers but also appealing to adults. The characters should NOT appear on the cover, with the possible exception of the sphinx, Zidu, discussed below. (In all those ways, the new cover will be unlike the current cover.) Here are examples of collage/montage art: - the banner at http://www.pbs.org/gunsgermssteel/ - the book cover at http://www.kassytayler.com/shadows-of-glass.html - the cover of To Explain the World (though this one's a bit dull): http://www.amazon.com/To-Explain-World-Discovery-Science/dp/0062346652/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1H4TYVXXT99S1MNYZQ68 The images should suggest the following (overlapping) themes: 1. OLD-TIME ADVENTURE AND TRAVEL: vintage compasses, vintage maps, historic maps (like the three attached to this brief, below, possibly superimposed onto yellowed parchment), sailing vessels (Renaissance galleons, clipper ships, ancient one-sail boats, etc.), etc. 2. HISTORY: ancient writing (Egyptian hieroglyphs, Mesopotamian cuneiform, Hebrew, Phoenician, or ancient Greek text), vintage maps, historic maps (again, like the three attached to this brief), historic buildings, sailing vessels, historic paintings or drawings, ancient stone murals and friezes, statues, etc. 3. FANTASY: a Mesopotamian sphinx (described below), centaur, satyr, angel, or other mythic creature The book explores the ancient Middle East and Western Civilization, so all images should come from the Middle East or Europe. Most of the book addresses pre-modern/pre-industrial history: the ancient and classical worlds, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment/Colonial period. But the story does eventually reach the 21st century, so a single modern/industrial image wouldn't be out of place--like a biplane, skyscraper, or suspension bridge. But you shouldn't add more than one modern image, and none would be fine too. Don't worry too much about getting the periods and places right, though. If you create a good design, I’ll work with you during the contest to replace images that don’t fit. For the fantasy image, #3 above, the most representative would be one of the book's main characters: Zidu, a Mesopotamian sphinx. Zidu has the body of a lion--about the size of a big dog--the head of a man, dark skin, and a thick, black beard--and he's completely bald. He's based on this famous statue: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/32.143.2 -- but without the hat, hair, or wings (or the weird extra leg). (You can see examples of Zidu in the posters by Benjamin Roque and “Edge of Water Designs” in the slider at: http://davidtollen.com/artwork/. I doubt either of those images itself would fit a collage/montage design, though.) For the other images, below are ideas and options. Please don’t feel the need to use all or even a lot of them! I’ve provided a lot more examples than you could use in a single design. (All the images below are open source or public, belong to Winifred Press, or are available for license – so you can use them in your design, or simply as guides and examples.) • Ziggurats: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SumerianZiggurat.jpg and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggurat_of_Ur#/media/File:Ziggurat_of_ur.jpg. • Egyptian pyramids (easy to find at Wikimedia Commons). • Compasses and vintage maps: http://depositphotos.com/13336225/stock-photo-old-vintage-golden-compass-on.html (stock photo) and https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Matth%C3%A4us_Seutter._Nova_Mappa_Maris_Nigri_et_Freti_Constantinopolitani.jpg. • Historic maps like the three attached maps at the end of this contest brief. I created those three maps. They may be too white and clean for the cover, but you could superimpose yellowed parchment, making them look like vintage maps. • Egyptian hieroglyphs: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Papyrus_Ani_curs_hiero.jpg and http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/hieroglyphs-on-the-wall-21078118?st=2ed8261 (stock photo). • Vintage art like Mont St. Michel, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Mont_St._Michel,_Normandy,_France._View,_bilingual_description_and_map.jpg, or ancient Egyptian decorations, http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/egyptian-gods-3644477?st=4fea706 (stock photo). • Renaissance drawings and paintings like Da Vinci’s head of a warrior, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Head_of_a_Warrior_-_Da_Vinci_1.jpg or Boticelli’s Minerva, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sandro_Botticelli_063.jpg. BACK COVER & SPINE The spine should include the title (not subtitle), author name, and publisher logo (but we can add the logo). It should be thick enough for 355 pages (including blanks): about 2.1 cm or 13/16 of an inch. But don't worry about getting the spine width exactly right. We'll adjust when we go to print. On the back cover, please leave room for a story description, as well as the bar code and related details. We'll add the back cover text.
Don’t hesitate to ask questions! I give lots of feedback! WE NEED REAL COPYRIGHT PERMISSIONS! Images from all sources are welcome, including images we can license from stock photo sites. But for any image not in the public domain or licensed for public use (like at Wikipedia), we'll need a written license. And we need the license in place before we award a winner. (FYI, Wikimedia Commons is a great place for free-licensed images: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. Also, historic paintings and drawings are usually in the public domain--no problem--though photos of sculptures often do require a license.) Have fun! I can't wait to see your designs.
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