charlesxcross got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a striking book cover for "The Man-Butcher Prize" a cutthroat fantasy
Check out charlesxcross's Book cover contest…
The Man-Butcher Prize
Charles X. Cross
While this is not my first ever book, it is the first I have ever felt confident enough to self publish. I am hoping to make this venture my career with a little luck and would like to form a strong working relationship with an artist/designer for all books in this trilogy. I enjoy reading/writing (obviously), video games, cooking and have an unhealthy relationship with Youtube. As a cynical Yorkshireman I tend to find humour in the darker parts of life.
William, a hitman with his professional reputation in tatters, is determined to be crowned champion of the absurdly commercialised Man-Butcher Prize – a fight between assassins for honour and redemption. Pitted against a colourful array of mad-cap assassins, including a necromantic doctor, a callous hit-woman, two former champions, and his estranged mentor, William’s chances are slim. Side by side with the fiery Vesta, they might just make it! The Man-Butcher Prize is a dark fantasy with a hint of sour humour. The setting is equivalent to Europe 1700-1800. Many of the characters are UK/ European inspired but there are other from further afield in places akin to Africa, China, Russia, etc. In the book the Man-Butcher Prize is a competition between assassins to determine who is the greatest amongst them. Many enter for glory, William has entered for redemption. Organised by The Assassin's Guild, outside of imperial influence, the all out brawl takes place across an entire guild owned city. Morbid tourists come from all around to witness the carnage and to petition the winner to kill their enemies.
The target audience for my book is anyone 16+ I feel that the potential fan base might skew slightly male, as the main character is a man (William).
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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.
charlesxcross 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!
He submitted quickly and was "outside the box" from the very beginning. We ended up fine-tuning the image through the first part of the contest and ended up ending early and going with him because the image was just that good. Very happy with his work!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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