Lance Erlick needs cover art for an ebook/trade paperback (Createspace/KDP) including front, back, and spine for a young adult/sci-fi novel.
Description: Create book cover for a young adult/sci-fi novel by Lance Erlick called THE REBEL WITHIN set in future Knoxville, TN. This will be for both a print book via CreateSpace and an eBook cover (Kindle), so I will need the image with and without the spine and back cover. My main goal with this cover is to catch the eye of a sci-fi fan, but also to interest young adults interested in speculative fiction since this is not hard sci-fi. Call this science fiction for those who don’t ordinarily read science fiction.
Front cover to include:
• Title (toward top in larger print): The Rebel Within (with Rebel the prominent word)
• Author name (toward bottom): Lance Erlick
Spine to include
• Title (top in larger print): The Rebel Within (with Rebel the prominent word)
• Author name (toward bottom): Lance Erlick
• Imprint (if room at bottom): Finlee Augare Books.
Back to include
• Space for the description (which I will supply the finalist)
• your credit
• space for the ISBN barcode (see below for location).
The image should be eye-catching (print or ebook), and should be easily viewable with contrast when in a small format or black & white (ebook thumbnail).
When book goes to print, it will be: 5.5 x 8.5 soft cover with a page count of about 265 pages.
COVER IMAGE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Two images: 1) ebook (KDP) showing only front cover, 2) print (Createspace) showing front, spine, and back, though back should be simple to accommodate text/barcode.
Need to follow Createspace and KDP guidelines, summarized below.
KDP accepts 2 types of files for cover images: JPEG, or TIFF. If you provide TIFF, could you also provide me a JPEG copy?
Dimensions: KDP suggests ideal height/width ratio of 1.6. Since the print book is close (8.5/5.5 = 1.55), let’s use the front portion of the print book cover for the ebook cover. It should be a minimum of 625 pixels on shortest side & 1000 pixels on longest side, For best quality, your image would be 1563 pixels on shortest side & 2415 pixels on longest side (no larger), with minimum of 300 DPI.
Color: Amazon website uses RGB (red, green, blue) color mode.
Cover art with white or very light backgrounds can seem to disappear against white background. Adding a very narrow (3-4 pixel) border in medium gray will define boundaries of cover.
Createspace can accept either JPEG or TIFF file (one-piece) that includes back cover, spine & front cover as one image, including verbiage. If you supply as TIFF, could you also provide me a JPEG copy?
To meet the size requirements for the 5.5 x 8.5 print book, Createspace needs a printable area of 12.0” wide by 9.0” high.
The spine will be approximately 0.6” wide. Ideally, avoid hard vertical lines separating front or back cover panels from spine & allow for at least a .0625" variance of spine on each side (for example, text on a 0.6" spine should be no larger than .475" wide).
Barcodes: Createspace automatically superimposes barcode in lower right-hand corner of book's back cover. The barcode will be 2" wide & 1.2" tall. The bottom of this barcode is located 1/4" up from bottom trim line of cover. Right side of barcode is located 1/4" to the left of the spine. Please don't have any important images or text in barcode location.
All live cover elements (text/images that can’t be cut) must be at least .125" inside the trim lines to ensure no important elements are cut during bookmaking process
Please do not include any crop or registration marks on any files, as they may interfere with binding process or appear on the cover.
All images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer & placed in native document at resolution of at least 300 DPI. You should also embed all fonts in your PDF file.
Synopsis of THE REBEL WITHIN:
A world without men thanks to EggFusion Fertilization. Elite female mechanized warriors. The Federal Union rounds up the remaining males, while enforcing harmony. Seventeen years after the Second American Civil War, a rebellious adopted teen girl must choose between becoming a security cog in the elite military unit that took her parents or being torn from her beloved sister and adoptive mom.
ANNABELLE is a tough yet fragile tomboy who lost her parents at age three and developed a rebellious streak in the conformist society of the future, not unlike the 1950’s.Despite being a cop intern, Annabelle puts herself and her family at risk when she helps a HANDSOME REDHEADED BOY escape. Then, she fights the amazon bully DARA and gets arrested for disharmony. She chooses elite mech warrior training with Dara rather than re-socialization. Annabelle struggles through rigorous training, while she searches for her birth mother and helps boys escape the federal roundup. Can Annabelle stand up to Dara’s harassment and avoid washing out of the program? Its final test: facing a male wrestler on steroids in hand-to-hand combat to the death. When the first boy she’s met and helped becomes her final opponent, can Annabelle save him without destroying her family and herself?
Much of the action of the book takes place in the future streets of Knoxville, at the cop station, or inside a military training facility.