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I'm an indie author/publisher writing primarily science fiction and fantasy.
What's your vision?
I'm looking for a new book cover design for my 9x6 inch paperback (and digital) novel, The Flight of Torque. While its existing cover is stunning, it sets the wrong tone, misrepresenting the book as a romance, but, as a recent reviewer said, "It is a gripping supernatural mystery thriller. One should never judge a book by its cover. This is not a Mills & Boon Twilight novel. It is a terrific paranormal suspense edge of your seat read." I'll include the back-cover blurb below and you can see the book with existing cover on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LASCQ58 (I'll keep it free as long as I can - until August 16th - within my 5 days available with Amazon Select, so those interested can download for free to skim or read to get an absolutely clear sense of the book. At this stage I really don't know what I want for the cover, except a true reflection of the content for the reader rather than the current misleading one. Hopefully the blurb below, and the book itself if you have a chance to grab a copy, will inspire. I'd love to see a design with the title "The Flight of Torque", subtitle "Blood of the Nagaran ~ Book One", and author name "Rebecca Laffar-Smith" on the cover, with title and blurb on the back, and title and author name on the spine. I'd also like to have access to the final design as digital files with text included and another with text stripped (so I can edit the blurb or text in the future if the need arises). Please let me know if there is any other information you need. Back-Cover Blurb When investigative reporter, Tori, chases the story of an underground smuggling network, she stumbles into something significantly more sinister. Instead of the illegal trade of exotic reptiles, she finds a temple of devout snake worshipers. Taken by the cultists, Tori is subjected to a savage ritual and irrevocably transformed. Now something dark and primal slithers within her. Lucas, charged with Tori’s protection, struggles against an overwhelming sense of helplessness. He should be stronger, faster, and more powerful than any human, but in the past twenty years all of his charges have been murdered. Their deaths and his failures linger in his nightmares. They writhe in his mind like the chilling sense of brooding hunger that floods Tori’s thoughts. Filled with violent rage and dark jealousy, the cult’s High Priestess rears up between Tori and the truth. The only thing protecting Tori from the long, cold embrace of death is the darkness within and the tingling warmth and light of her guardian angel. Description from recent interview: The Flight of Torque is a paranormal fantasy about a young reporter, Tori, and her guardian angel, Lucas. Tori is captured by the Nagaran, a sinister cult of snake worshippers. Lucas, also captive and now seriously injured, is unable to prevent the cult taking Tori for a ceremony of ritual sacrifice. Thankfully, rather than dying from the ritual like those before her, Tori becomes Serpenthropy, a human able to transform into a giant serpent. Unable to control her serpent form, Tori is taken over by the creature. It acts from basic, animal instinct and is prone to violent anger and lust. The Flight of Torque explores Tori and Lucas’s experiences and internal struggles as Tori tries to reclaim her body and find a cure for what she has become, and Lucas fights a growing sense of helplessness and failure as a guardian angel unable to protect his charges. The forbidden bond forming between them complicates matters and raises the stakes as both realise that they’d sacrifice themselves to save the other. At every turn Tori and Lucas discover new secrets about the Nagaran and it’s connection to Tori’s family and the Angel Hierarchy.
I'm sorry I can't be more explicit in exactly what I'm looking for. I've had a dozen ideas since considering designing a new cover but haven't clicked with any of them. At this stage I'm turning it over to the experts and I'm confident there will be some truly stunning work to choose from. Please also know that this book is the first of four (at least) and that I'd like to keep the same designer for all four covers if possible. So winning this one could automatically qualify you for three more. The business relationship is just as important to me as the artistic one. The paperback prints at 6"x9" and 350 pages. Templates are available from CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/Help/Book/Artwork.do
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
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