annyce.stonQ got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Dystopian Romance novel with Christian and Native American undertones
Check out annyce.stonQ's Book cover contest…
Until I Am Dust
Rocklyn Grace lives in the beautiful mountains of Colorado where life is wildly free and beautifully peaceful. She loves morning coffee, sunsets in the cool evenings, and the interruption of a moonbeam across the living room late at night.
"Until I Am Dust" is a dystopian romance novel written with Christian influenced symbols. Soaring Eagle dreams of reuniting his tribe and his family again, but seems to have his dreams thwarted when he's rescued from certain execution by a young woman who must marry him to save his life. Thrust into a completely new life, he sets out to find a way to bring his tribe, the remnant, to his new home.
Romance readers, readers of Christian novels who want an edgier more daring story of believers who still struggle, females and some males who may like a romance because of the strength of the characters. Readers will probably be 18+.
Book cover type
I want a glimpse of Soaring Eagle or maybe his whole front or back -- a modern warrior who is mixed in that he's Cherokee and French/Irish American. That is, he's got the brown skin, but his eyes are green and his hair is red. He has a horse named Warrior. The tribal characteristics in this dystopian world include massive tattoos for identity tracking. His is a large eagle that takes up his chest, with feathers along his biceps, and claws that dig into his waist. He's also got ISH 40.31 on his wrist, which is another identifier and the scripture that is representative of who he is (Isaiah 40:31 in current documentation, if you want to look it up.) Birds and trees are significant symbols in the story. The woman who rescues him, he comes to realize is the "tree" that he's prophetically dreamt about for most of his young life. Ezekiel describes a tree where all the birds come to roost (Ez. 31:6 for reference). When the book goes to print, it will be 5 x 8. Eagle is a beautiful, badass, warrior who believes in God/Creator.
What to avoid
Detailed but not cluttered. If the designer wants to know what Soaring Eagle looks like in my head, he's Rick Mora or Martin Sensmeier in the face and body but with red hair and green eyes that bespeak of his other heritage. He's a very unique man, but that's part of the point of this book. While it is a romance, and I want him to be seen, I don't want it to look totally like the traditional romance cover. The woman who rescues him could be glimpsed, but not in his arms like the traditional covers.
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.
annyce.stonQ 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!
SusansArt has been extremely responsive and easy to work with. The design was a tremendous success with my "polling" folks. The design worked exceedingly well with the "family" theme of the book. I am extremely satisfied.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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