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Create a cool, artistic Epic Fantasy Cover for E-Book and Print
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I'm a self publishing Indie Author that is releasing the first book in an Epic Fantasy Series. My target audience are adult fantasy readers, of the Game of Thrones mold.
What's your vision?
Just create the E-Book cover for the first round, this is fine. Standard Amazon Dimensions. Recommended 1563:2500 pixels. Overview: See other for details on the book and aspects of the cover. I am very open minded as to what goes on the cover, so long as it looks cool and fits with the Epic Fantasy Genre, and does not contradict the details outlined about the book. Below are some ideas as to what I think might work, but as I said, I am open to interpretation. I do think the principle character, a boy of 14-15, should be facing the reader. Also I am happy for the design to remain simple, so long as it works but feel free too to add embellishments. Below, firstly I outline what I think the simplest, most basic look is that might work well, then I offer some options/ideas I have had that might work. Obviously I am looking for something that catches the readers’ eye, that draws them in, that looks cool, that makes them wonder as to what the book is about, so that they will click in and go to read the synopsis etc. Synopsis and all details of the book are outlined in “Other.” I’m open to any artistic designs, principally if I think it is cool, I’m in. I’ve given some examples in “Other” of book covers that I feel worked well. Please contact me if there is any other information you would like, or questions, and I will get back to you quickly. Concepts: Something similar to Trudi Canavan’s “Thief’s Magic” which has a link provided in the “Other” section. Except there is no hood, the writing is not as big, and perhaps a little more of the body is shown along the right side. The person is an adolescent man of about 14-15, not a woman. He is holding a basic knife with a reasonably thin blade, in his right hand, held out slightly from his body. He is wearing a Roman type brown, greyish tunic, sleeveless or with short sleeves, and no hood, that's worn and dirty. His face could almost be questioning, or distraught, but whatever works. There may be blood along the blade of the knife. Option of the streetscape in the background, with even the dead bodies of a merchant and/or a boy behind him. Basic example of colour scheme of the streetscape is given in “Other”. Could also keep the texture feel instead of the streetscape like in the linked cover. Option to have the effect that the page is crumbling around its edges from the heat of a fire. Might show traces of the fire along the base of the cover. Freedom to go anywhere you want with this. Anything that looks really cool that does not contradict the outline of the story etc below is great. Could have the outline of the boy with red eyes, knife, etc blend into the colour of the cover.
Examples of other covers and the style that I am going for. Trudi Canavan’s “Thief’s Magic” http://amzn.to/1JRFElc There is something nice and clean about it. Mark Lawrence “A prince of thorns.” – Made me buy the book. Thought it was a really good cover. http://bit.ly/1BjQwFG Joe Abercrombie “Half the World” cover. – Really cool cover, cool piece of art. http://bit.ly/1Fkl8Su Peter Newman “The Vagrant” – Thought it was decent, basic, but it works. http://amzn.to/1dHOUut Cool Colour Scheme- http://maronski.deviantart.com/art/Island-of-Fallen-Dragon-270499969 I thought the colouring of the landscape for this was very cool. If there was a streetscape in the cover I thought it might follow similar shades, but its up to you. Description of Liam (Boy on the cover). Longish black hair, that’s clumpy. Can cover some of his face. He wears an old, dirty and worn tunic, similar to Roman style, with a large pocket sewn into one side of it at hip or thigh area. He is reasonably skinny. His face is quiet angular. He would be dirty and grimy in general, he shouldn't look spotlessly clean. His eyes are red, and could be bloodshot outwards from the red irises. Average height. He does all of his killing with a knife, kills as an assassin as opposed to a warrior. He cuts people's throats, so he uses a knife with a blade that can do that. Cover Info: Author Name: “John F O’ Sullivan” Series Name: “The Daygo Stream” Book Name: “Daygo’s Fury” Theme line: “What’s worth living for?” Words: 120,000 Pages: 380 Synopsis (Blurb) It’s not easy to survive in the slums. Liam is an orphan, living with eight others in a dilapidated flat. Every day is a battle in the war to survive. As conditions worsen, and casualties rise, Liam begins to lose faith. He looks at the bums on the side of the streets with hate. They’ve given up the fight. They are week. Their plight, the relief of giving up, calls to him more with each passing day, as panic grows within his chest. Racquel offers him hope, something good to live for, in a place where there seems nothing but dirt. But what form of survival is worth living for? And what is Liam willing to do to achieve it? What is he willing to become? Niisa lives in the great forests of the Chewe Mountain ranges. He knows he is the odd one in the tribe. He knows he is different. Daygo calls to him, it speaks to him in the sounds of the forest, in the falling of the rain, in brief glimpses of sunlight through the canopy of trees overhead. It is the life that inhabits all things, that fuels all movement. He wishes to join the Waloleng de Kgotia, the famous priests of the Daygo stream. They test adolescents every second year for hypersensitiveness to Daygo. He will do anything necessary to make sure he passes the test. The tribespeople might consider his actions evil… but they don’t understand. It is 172 years since the arrival of the red moon in the sky, and the breaking of the world that followed. Humanity has escaped the clutches of the scourge of beasts that came south after the colliding of continents. But the sequence of events set in motion since the arrival of the new moon, believed to be at an end by humanity, have only just begun. The world has just begun to end. Storyline outline (FYI) An orphan boy Liam (13yrs-15yrs) grows up in the slums of a great city. He has to rob and steel and run errands for the mob to survive. He does all of this with his best friend Calum, who gets killed on one of these errands at the end of the first chapter. He meets his first love. She ends up on the streets with him and they have to leave and live in an abandoned building in another part of the slums and try to eek out a living without the help of the mob, who Liam has become disillusioned with. In order to survive he must steal from merchants travelling under the red flag, signalling the gangs protection. In order to do this consistently he must leave no trace, he kills them all, cutting their throats with his knife. At one point a merchant’s son (10yrs) appears and runs out to help his father. Liam kills them both. Under high stress from what he is doing in order to sustain his and Racquel’s survival, the mob find out that he is the silent killer and there is a confrontation on the streets of the slums. Finding the abandoned house in which they live in flames, and believing that Racquel is inside and has been killed- confronted by six gang’s men who are lying in wait for him- seeing all the terrible life that he has been living being for nothing, Liam snaps,, breaks down and is consumed by anguish and rage at all things. As the six men circle him and approach warily but confidently, in his broken state Liam connects with the Daygo stream, the life force that is in all things. Through this connectivity he is telepathically aware of all of the air around him, and so can feel movement happen from all around him before he can see it. The power fuels his rage until he is lost to it. One man escapes. He kills the other five, torturing the final two for some time before they die, all on the street for all to see. The book draws to its conclusion after that, with Liam leaving the city. (When Liam connects with Daygo, the power, magic, the whole of his eyes start to go red, expanding outwards from his Irisis.) Streetscape (FYI) Many of the streets in the slums are quiet wide, wide enough to accommodate the passing of two small carts, with sewers dug out of the clay like surface at either side, where all the chamber pots and waste gets thrown into, where they wash away into dug out pits at the end of each street that are emptied to be used for fertilizer in the royal gardens and on farms. The weather is generally very warm and the sun is normally shining so it smells terrible and there are a lot of flies etc. The buildings are mostly 3 to 4 stories high and made mostly from wood, though there are occasional stone buildings around. So everything is kindof a brownish colour. The windows would be simply opened wooden shutters, without any glass in them. Could be sign of as many or as few people as you want. The sky would be mostly cloudless. Could have a contrasting brightness to the sky, from everything else. Probably none of this is needed for the cover, but if it fits in with any ideas you might have it is there to be used.
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