daniebothawriter got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create a cover design for a historical fiction book, titled: Be Silent
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It's a modern historical fiction book. The target audience is 18+ adults who enjoy historical fiction, literary fiction, as well as adventure stories.
What's your vision?
Contest title: Cover design for a modern historical fiction paperback book, titled: Be Silent. Looking for a book cover that stands out. • It must be simple, yet bright, but not in your face. • The title and author name have to be still legible, even on postage-stamp-size covers, as found on websites, for e.g. Amazon and Goodreads. Subtitle: It's for a book. Title: Be Silent. Author: Danie Botha The design for the front cover of the book (the paperback) should also be used for the eBook format. (The eBook only requires a front cover--the same front cover.) Description: • Book cover: (front/spine/back) for a 5,25" x 8" - paperback book. • 344 pages - black & white on cream paper • Text on front cover: Be Silent A Novel Danie Botha (Use combination of upper and lower case for text. The font size of "A Novel" is smaller than the title and author's name.) • Text on spine: Be Silent/Danie Botha/Charbellini Press • Text on back cover: The following "120-word summary" is the text that has to appear on the back cover of the book (top 1/2): "Curiosity has consequences. It can cost you your childhood–if it doesn’t kill you. For the new African country Zambia, 1964 heralds a joyous and turbulent time: celebration of its independence from Britain. Thirteen-year-old Rianna and ten-year-old Lukas and Anthony, live an idyllic life on Madzi Moyo–a tucked-away Mission station. That changes when the trio stumbles upon two hidden AK-47s and is caught by Mavuto, the guns’ owner, a staunch African nationalist. He abducts them on the spot: afraid they will telltale and jeopardize his private plan to ensure his country's independence. Over the course of a single night and morning, a race and rescue mission ensues, which, as the hours pass, becomes more violent and out-of-control." Elements to potentially include in the cover design: silhouette or image(s) of a Baobab tree, and or Mopani trees, a hyena, three children: a 13-year old girl, two 10-year old boys, two AK 47 rifles, a 1958 Chevy truck with a canvas canopy, African bush (Zambia), setting sun. • The facial detail of the children should be obscured/blurred - rather silhouettes? The reader has to form their own picture of what the children look like. • Colours: setting-sun spectrum: orange/reds in background. Silhouettes of most of the above-listed elements perhaps in dark navy/brown spectrum? The design stretches from the front cover onto the spine. The back cover has mostly background colors which were used on the front.
Notes: Layout on back cover: • Top 1/2: The 120-word summary (see above) • Middle 1/4: author image on the left-hand side, with short author bio next to it: Danie Botha was born in Zambia and grew up on Mission stations similar to the one depicted in the novel. He completed his school education and medical training in South Africa. He presently lives in Canada. • Bottom 1/4: on LEFT-hand side: Charbellini Press www.daniebotha.com Also available as an eBook • Bottom 1/4: On RIGHT-hand side - White barcode box with price: US/Canada Please see the following examples of covers of (similar) books: (a) Example # 1: http://www.tonypark.net/safari.html (Tony Park - Safari - The one by Quercus, UK: with the landrover/swamp/setting sun/ African bush) (b) Example # 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/128029.A_Thousand_Splendid_Suns (A Thousand Splendid Suns: K Hosseini) (c) Example #3: The girl from the train - Irma Joubert https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23637023-the-girl-from-the-train NB: Also refer to CreateSpace's requirement for the cover: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/CoverPDF.jsp Thank You!
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
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