tarahbenner got their new book cover by running a design contest:
WANTED: Kick-Ass Book Cover for a Futuristic Crime Novel
Check out tarahbenner's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
Blue Sky Studio, LLC is the company that houses my fiction-writing business.
What's your vision?
I need a print and digital book cover design for a futuristic police procedural/crime drama. This is the first novel in a trilogy, so I am looking for a designer whom I can form a good long-term relationship with. BOUND IN BLOOD is a dark crime novel, but the entire series has a futurist twist. The trilogy will exist in the intersection between crime and sci-fi, with a touch of romance. The common overarching themes are betrayal, revenge, and finding hope amid suffering. MANDATORIES: Title: Bound in Blood Author name: Tarah Benner Back cover description: See below Files Needed: Should include all source files, as well as files ready for Kindle (high-res JPG) and CreateSpace (PDF). I’d also like smaller JPEGs for web use. The print cover will be 5x8 inches, but I will need a spine width adjustment once I know the exact page length. Here are some random elements that could POSSIBLY be incorporated in the cover. Note that these should not all be used on a single cover. Feel free to be creative. - Some sort of DNA profile design (NOT the double helix). I’ve attached the photo below to show you what I mean. I like that this photo has almost a lightbox or X-ray look to it. - The murder takes place in a high-end sushi restaurant. The victim is a beautiful Japanese woman in her mid-thirties. The murder weapon is a yanagi-style sushi knife. A cast-iron pagoda statue ends up being key to the story of how the murder took place. (See attached picture.) Spoiler: the daughter clobbers the murderer on the head with it. - The crime is solved with the help of an artificial intelligence program called Sherlokk that uses CCTV footage, financial data, and language pattern recognition to find suspects. Here’s the description that should go on the back cover: * * * When Juliette Hayashi is found brutally murdered in her own restaurant, Detective Wesley Wright knows her homicide won’t be resolved by artificial intelligence alone. According to her employees, the beautiful single mother was beloved by all. Her bright fourteen-year-old daughter was there at the scene of the crime, but Wesley’s only witness has vanished without a trace. With the help of the department’s crime-solving software, Sherlokk, Wesley will uncover a tangled web of lust, money problems, and bad blood. Everyone from Juliette’s roguish boyfriend to the vengeful dance mom down the street is a suspect, but the more evidence Sherlokk uncovers, the more nebulous the killer’s true motive becomes. In this futuristic crime drama, Wesley will relearn a chilling truth: Everyone has enemies. * * *
I want it to be clear from the cover that this is a dark crime novel, but I want everything to look clean and high-tech.
US$299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at £239.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
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.
tarahbenner collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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