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Brown Hat Books LLC is a publishing company, specializing in historical fiction novels, children's novels and academic advisory books. This proposal will focus on the historical fiction audience, which ranges from ages 13-plus.
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This book cover is for our historical fiction novel, "The Dream Hunters". The novel tells the story of the Creek Wars and the War of 1812 in the southern United States, covering the years 1810-1815. We need a print cover that will bring to life the main characters of the novel while portraying them in their proper historical context. The three characters to be portrayed are the main characters: Roger Douglas, his wife Running Deer and his best friend Brave Hawk. For the positioning of the characters, I really liked how they did it in the painting shown in the recent movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, and I’m including a screen shot of that painting--yes, it can look different from the style that artist used, but a realistic rather than stylized look for the characters is preferred. I would like to have Running Deer and Brave Hawk at Roger’s shoulders or very close to that, rather than behind him, and at a closer angle than the Howling Commados are—more like 10 to 15 degrees rather than the 45 we see there. Roger Douglas – Roger Douglas’s age ranges from 18 years at the start of the book to 23 by the end. I picture him toward the older part of that range for the cover picture. He is half Scottish, half Muscogee Creek Indian. His features lean to the Scottish side—he has dark red hair that shows red highlights in the light. He has the dark brown eyes of his mother, though. He is clean-shaven, wears a coonskin cap at times—you can give him one if you think it looks better, though it’s not necessary. He wears beaded buckskins—jacket, pants and boots. His shirt would be either of trade silk or calico—color can vary. He will have the clan totem of the Muscogee Wind Clan around his neck, a picture of which you’ll find in my attached pictures and labeled as such. He would also have a necklace of alligator teeth or claws—I chose alligator teeth in the book, but I realize alligator claws may look better for the cover so I can be flexible there. Roger should also be holding his trusty air rifle, which figures prominently in the story. This is a special Girardoni air rifle, one of which was carried by Lewis and Clark on their explorations of America. He would be holding the rifle with his bent right arm, his hand near the trigger. I’m also including a picture of the air rifle for your benefit. Running Deer – I picture Running Deer a head shorter than Roger, so about 5’6” or 5’7” to his 6’3”. She is a full-blood Muscogee Creek and wears a full-length beaded dress of white buckskin. She has long dark hair, dark brown eyes and a shapely form—a lean hourglass or top hourglass form. Running Deer has a strong independent streak to her and she can have a barbed tongue at times, but she is also fiercely loyal to those she loves. She sees Roger as the man she was destined to walk with, and she is also aware of her own “power” that all women possess. She is well-educated and knows how think for herself, sometimes to her detriment, but always with a good end in mind. I have included a couple of pictures to help you with how I see Running Deer—she is an expert bead-worker so her buckskins will be colorful and pleasant to the eye. I see her on Roger’s left, her right hand in his left. Brave Hawk - The young Muscogee warrior is near Roger’s age or a little older, about an inch shorter but like most men of his tribe better than six feet tall; he is strong and lean, his long dark hair decorated with a pair of hawk feathers along with some colorful strings and shells. He wears a green and blue patterned calico waistcoat over a shirt of white silk and leather leggings. Unlike most Muscogee, Brave Hawk does not have tattoos nor the mohawk and turban common to Muscogee warriors. He wears a calico band around his head, keeping his shoulder-length hair out of his face. Brave Hawk is a good-natured, loyal and wise friend to Roger. He loves to pull a good joke every now and then, but knows when to be serious. In battle and in hunting, he is efficient with his bow and arrow, and should have a bow and quiver on him, as well as his trusty knife. His look should be one of bravery and defiance, but not mean-spirited. Background – The background should reflect the breadth of the story. I’m more flexible here, but it should reflect some of the elements of the story, which takes place during the Creek Wars and the War of 1812. Significant events that were portrayed include the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the Battle of Fort Bowyer and the Battle of New Orleans. If you want to use one battle, the Battle of New Orleans would be the one I would choose to be portrayed more prominently—the focal point of the battle was the failed British charge of about 5,000 soldiers on the American earthwork barrier that guarded New Orleans. There are several examples of paintings from the battle easily found online, but I’m not necessarily looking for a detailed depiction for the background; more like a decent representation that would allow the viewer to know it’s the Redcoats attacking the American position—I can provide the details on how it should look if source paintings aren’t sufficient. If you want to use multiple events for the background, then we can discuss how to capture those—The focal point of the Battle of Fort Bowyer was a land/sea battle where the American forces on land destroyed a British 20-gunner named the Hermes to prevent her and the ships with her from taking Mobile Bay in present-day Alabama as a prelude to the Battle of New Orleans. The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was the decisive battle of the Creek Wars, the focal point of which was a charge by Andrew Jackson’s forces over a large barricade of logs erected by the Muscogee Creek forces. What I'd like the reader to take away from the characters, background etc is that this is a book that covers an important historical period, one that had a lot going on, and invites them to come find out more about it.
Again, I’m glad to help with the details for this book cover to be right, and I welcome questions, comments and suggestions. Let me add that "copycat" art will be deleted--I respect original work and the thought that goes into it.
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