sabrina.f.winters got their new book cover by running a design contest:
In My Head - A new novel by Sabrina Winters
Check out sabrina.f.winters's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
Author of fiction novels. My target audience would be teens and young adults.
What's your vision?
I need a cover for a new sci fi novel “In My Head” It will be the first in a series. I need cover, back and spine. Please see the specific size requirements in the "Other" category below. Description Title: In My Head Authors name: Sabrina Winters My ideas for the cover: This is the story of a young man and woman who are linked telepathically. They are a part of genetic experiments intended to turn them into intelligence agents. However, our main character was brought into this world by mistake and spent most of her life thinking she was insane. I had the idea that the cover would show the two characters’ faces with their heads connected, or a head with each of them having one half of the face. She is described as dark hair and dark tan skin with blue eyes. He is blonde and tan with a “mesmerizing shade of green” eyes. I’m open to any ideas though and designers should feel free to take creative liberties. Back Cover Text: When in doubt, I’m supposed to focus on the things I KNOW to be real… My name is Sophia Walker. I’m sixteen years old. I live in Albuquerque with my parents. I’m an only child. I am insane. PUT THIS IN ITALICS --> [And according to everyone else, I'm insane too.] Surely a person who has a voice in her head is insane… right? PUT THIS IN ITALICS --> [Not necessarily]. Tyler answers. His thoughts resonate in my mind as clearly as if someone had spoken them aloud. If I’m not crazy… I stop that line of thought. The alternative is too scary to consider. How could one person hear another person’s thoughts? Especially since that person lives on the other side of the world. Life is confusing when it’s your brain you can’t trust.
The dimensions of the book are 5.25 x 8 and there are 325 pages. According to Amazon's publishing site, CreateSpace: Calculate the spine width of your book The spine width is based on the number of pages in your book: For black and white-interior books: White paper: multiply page count by 0.002252 (This book is 325 pages and will be printed on white paper.) Cream paper: multiply page count by 0.0025 Example of spine width calculation for a 60-page black and white book printed on white paper: 60 x 0.002252 = 0.135" For color-interior books: Multiply page count by 0.002347 Example of spine width calculation for a 60-page color book: 60 x 0.002347 = 0.141" Set up your document Your cover must be a single PDF that includes the back cover, spine, and front cover as one image. You can submit your cover on any size page as long as the printable area is: •Measured exactly to your book's trim size, spine width, and .125" bleed •Centered horizontally and vertically Minimum Cover Width: Bleed + Back Cover Trim Size + Spine Width + Front Cover Trim Size + Bleed Example calculation at 6" x 9" cover with 60 B&W pages on white paper: 0.125" + 6" + 0.135" + 6" + .125" = 12.385" Minimum Cover Height: Bleed + Book Height Trim Size + Bleed Example calculation: 6" x 9": 0.125" + 9" + .125" = 9.25" Get a head start with one of our cover templates: Our templates make it easier for you to quickly create print-ready files in Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe InDesign®, or any software that will allow you to open a .png or PDF file and save a PDF file. These templates contain the proper dimensions, layout, and bleed for the trim size and page count you select. Download Cover Templates Design your cover Safe Zone Text and images must be at least .125" inside the trim lines to ensure that no live elements are cut during the bookmaking process. Title and Author Name Your book's title and the author's name must appear on the cover exactly as it was entered during the title setup process. Images Images may be CMYK or RGB color. All images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer and placed in your document at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. The spine of your book Every book will vary slightly when bound. Allow for 0.0625" variance on either side of the fold lines for your cover. For example, if your spine width is 1", your text should be no wider than 0.875". Because of this variance, avoid hard edges or lines that end on the fold line. Barcode When your files go through the review process, our system will place your ISBN barcode in a 2" by 1.2" white box in the lower right-hand corner of your book's back cover. Our standard trim size templates will show you exact barcode placement. Images or text in the barcode location will be covered when the book is printed. Make sure no important elements appear where the barcode will be placed. If you choose to provide and place your own barcode, be sure it is a high-resolution image. Prepare for Printing 1.The printable area of your document must be the right size, including bleed. 2.Make sure the printable area is centered within your document. 3.Make sure all live elements are inside the safe zone. 4.Export your file as a print-ready PDF. Be sure fonts are embedded. 5.The maximum accepted file size for your book cover is 40 MB. 6.Download the CreateSpace Submission Specification in one document.
299 US$ Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
sabrina.f.winters collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
KimG-Design listened to my feedback well, and executed my suggestions in a speedy manner. I will need changes to the design after the contest is over, since there's still work to be done formatting the book, yet KimG-Design has offered to assist me with tweaking the files once I know exactly what the final page count of my book will be.
That sort of helpfulness and commitment is vital in a good designer, and I'm glad that I was fortunate enough to have such a level-headed designer submit something in my contest.
Aside from all that, KimG-Design's responses were very clear when discussing changes to the design. KimG-Design entered into an english speaking contest and was able to use the language to quickly deliver what I wanted. Not to be rude, but several other designers, even if I liked their designs, were not so coherent as KimG-Design when it came to asking me questions / responding. This is a skill that's as important as the design side of things, and so I was glad that KimG-Design could communicate well!
Lastly, when I asked for a design that let the art I provided do most of the work, that's what I got from KimG-Design. Seeing that a designer understands your brief from the outset is a great asset. It's no fun spending days trying to work out the problems of a design that would have been much better if the designer of said design would just read the brief and understand it.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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