***UPDATE 9 May 2016*** Qualifying round extended by 3 days.
This contest is for a book cover for an e-book and printed book.
• Fat Chick Goes AWOL is the story of a 130kg, 30-something accountant who rides a recumbent trike several thousand kilometres through the outback (and not-so-outback) of Australia, and does a 1,000km thru-hike of the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia.
• Society’s unwritten rules for Fat Chicks are FAT CHICKS DON’T CYCLE. FAT CHICKS DON’T HIKE. FAT CHICKS DON’T PADDLE. The signature phrase of the book is the Fat Chick’s response to the rules is: “Fuck it, I’m gonna do it anyway.”
• Women between the ages of 20-50 who dream of adventure travel or of breaking free of “normal”.
• May also appeal to cyclists, hikers, and other travellers/adventurers.
Key Elements to Include in the Cover:
1. Fat Chick – something to indicate a fat woman, probably a big butt/legs. If it’s an image, then a flattering image, ie a rounded fat woman not rolls of fat and cellulite.
2. Cycle Touring – two thirds of the travelling in the book is done on a recumbent trike. The cover does not need to include a recumbent trike, but it needs to indicate that the book is about cycle touring. The other third of the travelling was a long distance hike. There were also some minor paddling trips. If your cover can include all three elements, great, but the most important thing is that it includes cycle touring. Recumbent trikes are nicknamed “armchairs on wheels”; you may want to play with this idea.
3. Australia – the book is set in Australia, specifically Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and I would like something to indicate this. The Australian animals that are relevant to the story are kangaroos, white cockatoos, and especially crocodiles. Boab trees and aborigines are relevant to the story but please don’t have these as a major element.
4. Humour – the title makes nearly everyone who hears it laugh, and I would like a cover image that matches the title. For example, in the book “Shitty Mom”, the cover image of the mother on the playground slide with her coffee and mobile phone, oblivious to where her kids are, is as funny as the title.