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GOAL OF COVER (front and back): (a) capture the essence of the story (that no society can be free unless its citizens are free to disagree and possibly offend others in the pursuit of truth) (b) through an iconic image or symbolism (discussion of symbolism in comments below). THEMATIC STORY ELEMENTS: (1) secrecy, (2) anonymity/anonymous, (3) struggle, (4) against the odds, (5) disruptive technology v. establishment, (6) a fractured group trying to withstand an immovable force, (7) braving danger for principle, (8) forbidden words and ideas, (9) bureaucracy v. free spirit. SAMPLE COVERS: The attached files are covers of books that have iconic symbols or use symbolism effectively: (1) Hunger Games, (2) Lovely Bones, (3) Twilight, (4) Looking for Alaska, (5) Divergent, (6) Under the Dome, (7) May We Be Forgiven (8) Murder and (9) Matched Trilogy. I really like the clean look of the Matched Trilogy with the focus on one item in the middle of the cover. The design flows seamlessly between the three books.
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Full-cover book, front and back (8” x 5.25”) and E-book cover. 300 pages, printed on cream paper. TARGET AUDIENCE – College-educated, male and female, free-spirit/libertarian audience. The Civility Code is a libertarian science fiction story featuring a small group of dissidents (hacktivists) fighting the encroachment of a totalitarian Big Brother state (led by the Civility Commission and its determined Commissioner, Collis Lafferty). Examples of similar libertarian science fiction stories are: (1) The Handmaid’s Tale, (2) The Giver, (3) Atlas Shrugged, (4) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, (5) 1984, and (6) Fahrenheit 451. [Note: this is not the type of science fiction that Star Trekkies go for. The Handmaid's Tale has an audience that is 80% middle-aged women.] The story has a strong female lead character. Although it is a thriller, the story also delves into the psychology and emotional impact of a world where offending others has become illegal. FUTURISTIC: The story is set in the future (40-50 years). There’s advanced technology (e.g., the Civility Commission is able to police uncivil behavior by monitoring the country through everyone’s eyes through a glorified google lens-type technology called IRIS). [Smart Lenses. Drones. Big data mining. Data transmission. Privacy.] SYNOPSIS (This Goes On the Back Cover): 14,014. The number of Prohibited Words had grown every year under the determined leadership of Collis Lafferty, Commissioner of the Civility Commission (CivCom). Lafferty was driven to eradicate all offense from civilized society. No one had a right to offend another. A small group of cyber hacktivists, X, are the last remaining civil dissidents. When their leader, the world’s most famous hacker and CivCom’s most vocal critic, Sid the Squid, is arrested, X finds itself on the brink of unraveling. The struggle to preserve freedom of speech and the right to challenge the status quo, even at the risk of causing offense, falls to X members Sylas the Stylus, Bucky Lastard, and NebuLes. Can they put a stop to Commissioner Lafferty before CivCom uncovers their true identities and prosecutes them under the Civility Code? FRONT COVER MATTER: Book Title: The Civility Code (Needs to be readable from a thumbnail) Sub Title: Book One of the Civilogy Author Name: Michael W. Anderson (Needs to be readable from a thumbnail). IDEAS PROHIBITED WORDS– 14,014 words have been prohibited. The Prohibited List includes the expected words: all profanities and identity-insensitive words (e.g., race, sex, etc.). But it also includes all words that the Civility Commission has identified as causing offense. The only words mentioned specifically in this book are: 1. Pathetic. 2. Bum. 3. Stupid 4. Hate. 5. Retarded. 6. Redskins. 7. Jihadi. 8. Manipulation. 9. God. 10. Bossy. 11. Eskimo. 12. Wrong. 13. Sin. 14. Moral. But it’s easy (and sort of fun) to try to figure out what other words would be illegalized if everything offensive (according to the Commission) was illegal: 1. Crazy. 2. Criminal (Behaviorally challenged). 3. Oriental. 4. Failure (Deferred Success). 5. Broken Home (Dysfunctional family). 6. Fat. 7. Handicapped (Physically challenged). 8. Illegal Aliens (undocumented Immigrants). 9. Janitor (custodian). 10. Midget. 11. Secretary (Administrative Assistant). 11. Ugly. 12. Trailer Park (Mobile home community). 13. LGBT (LGBTQIPO). 14. Bald. 15. Lazy (motivationally deficient). 70. Prostitute (sex worker). 17. Short (vertically challenged). etc. TECHNOLOGY– 30-40 years in the future. Nothing outlandish, but just about everyone has an IRIS (Insert Retina Information System) which is like a high-powered google lens. It can capture images and has a microphone function to capture sound. All the capabilities someone has in their smartphone today, is now lodged in their IRISpace. There are surveillance drones and delivery drones. There’s the development of an IRIS 2.0 which is an implant that can’t be turned off and continues capturing data 24/7. CIVILITY CODE – the Civility Code is the regulation that outlaws Prohibited Words, Communication of Offensive Ideology, and Offense-inducing actions. The Civility Code is intimidating. It authorizes fines and imprisonment for Violators. Since this is futuristic, it’s not a physical code, but more of an online/IRIS resource. CHARACTERS – I don’t think the characters should be a focus of the cover. But if it helps, the main bad guy is the Commissioner of the Civility Commission. He’s well, groomed, government official type. The main good guys are a 19 y.o. American girl, and a 27 y.o. Russian guy. They don’t work together; they are actually at odds with each other.
1. Simple and not too busy. Clean and crisp. 2. I am open to color – black/white/grayscale, with/without color accents, burnt orange, a striking but not neon green, yellow, etc. As long as it catches the eye. Contrast that pops is nice. 3. Back cover – ISBN barcode and the synopsis. A continuation of the front cover that wraps around the spine would be nice. Please leave space for a bar code box on the bottom right hand corner of the back cover. 2’’ x 1.25.’’ Please produce .jpg/psd and use standard Amazon size guidelines (Requirements for the size of cover art have an ideal height/width ration of 1.6, this means: (1) A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side (2) For best quality, your image would be 1563 pixels on the shortest side and 2500 pixels on the longest side (3) RGB (red, green, blue) color mode (4) Cover art with white or very light backgrounds can seem to disappear against the white background. Adding a very narrow (3-4 pixel) border in medium gray will define the boundaries of the cover if white/light is used. Book will be roughly 300 pages, 8” x 5.5’
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