brookerooney got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create a captivating cover for a new genre of literature - New Adult
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Art & Design
Series Title: "Creatures of Myth" Title: "Mercynn" Subtitle: "Book One" Theme: fiction/fantasy fiction Genre: New Adult New Adult is a new, up-coming genre targeted for 18-28 year olds (MOSTLY FEMALES) so because it's a new genre, I really want to make a statement with my cover - something that makes readers wanna pick it up and read. My main character, Kendra, is 21 and throughout the course of this books, discovers that she is a Mercynn (very similar to a mermaid except she has gills down both sides of her ribs and her tail only begins at her knees) Because this is a new genre, I really want this cover to be original. Something morphed between a young adult style and a fantasy fiction style.
What's your vision?
The minimalist cover I've always had in mind is a blood red background with black lettering for the title and my name, and in the middle is a symbol I've created just for the book, which I've attached below (it's the kind of pitchfork-looking design). Perhaps even that symbol superimposed over ocean/water? **AFTER SEEING INITIAL DESIGN SUBMISSIONS, I'M RETHINKING MY FIRST IDEA OF RED AND BLACK AS IT READS TOO MASCULINE. MY READERS ARE GOING TO BE 18-28 YEAR OLD FEMALES SO LET'S PLAY WITH LIGHTER BLUES INSTEAD** I'm open for all suggestions and options, so long as that symbol is the main focus of the cover. I've also attached a fun sketch one of my friends made for me of my main character, Kendra - though this picture is more for you to just get an idea of the character more than anything. I don't want to reveal TOO much on the cover, so please, come up with something more creative. On the back cover I want the following excerpt: "Before I can even do so much as blink, my head is shoved beneath the surface of the water. I try to fight his iron grip, try to claw at his muscular arms, try to rip myself free…but it’s useless.The water is cold as it fills my nose and mouth—black spots blossoming across my vision. With each passing second I feel my pulse get weaker and weaker as the very ocean itself consumes me. I sob, and water fills my throat. My consciousness begins to slip. This is it. This is the day I finally die. I open my eyes to take one last look at the man killing me and see… A long, grey tail where his legs should be." I'd also like there to be room on the back page for a very small bio section and picture of me.
THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN A TRILOGY. So please add "BOOK ONE" somewhere. - I'd really like a roman numeral one on the spine. Despite the title, the book is actually set in the near future (20 or 30 years from now) in a world that's crazy over-crowded, and about to become a distopia. The book will be between 250-300 pages long The dimensions will be either 8.5inch x 5.5inch or 9inch x 6inch (I still can't decide though I'm leaning more towards the larger of the two) I'm not opposed to branching outside of my original idea if something equally exciting/original is submitted. Thanks, and good luck!
A$499 Silver package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at £239.
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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.
brookerooney collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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