Author Jo got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create an original, exciting cover for the next best-selling young adult dystopian trilogy
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I am an author of Young Adult fiction. The books are read by both teenagers and adults, but tend to deal with teenage and coming-of-age issues. You can check me out here: http://www.joannemacgregor.com/young-adults-and-younger/
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I want both ebook and paperback covers designed for my trilogy (3 books). I prefer clean, non-fussy, uncluttered designs. I require: - Cover design - Delivery of both a high and a low res version of the front cover for digital books (ebooks) - Delivery of a full spread (front cover, back cover and spine) for the paperback versions of the books - Book dimensions for the paperback version: 5.25” x 8” (13.335 x 20.32 cm) Just to be clear, this contest is for the first book cover, but the winner needs to have a design that can be adapted for the next two. The book title: Recoil (second book: Rebel) Author: Joanne Macgregor Logline: The Game is real. The books comprise a Young Adult Dystopian Romance trilogy, and I would like designs for the three books that are similar enough to give the series brand recognition, but different enough that it doesn't just look like a color change each time. It would be good to have a symbol of similar motif that could be repeated across the three books. I need the first book's cover immediately, but I need the second cover soon so it can go on preorder, and I would ideally like all three covers designed by the same artist. I am not wedded to any particular design and am happy to check out all ideas, but I do NOT want: - that awful cheap, amateurish self-published photoshop look, - sexualization of my lead (female) character (no "tits and ass" with a gun) - a glorification of violence - heavy military or guns imagery as I think this alienates most female readers - pink, girly images which would alienate male readers Back copy for the book: “In this war, it's not about them, it's about us. It's about what we're prepared to do, who we're prepared to become.” It is three years since a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with lethal disease-infected rats and human virus-bombs, and society has changed radically. Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in a virtual reality gaming world, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins the war simulation game and is recruited into The Academy, a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s smothering over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy begins bootcamp and rapidly becomes an expert sniper of infected rats. She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling, and soon Jinxy joins Quinn in questioning the real motives behind the Academy’s program. But a shocking revelation gets her to recommit to the sniping unit, where she is forced to make an impossible decision, and risks losing everything. There’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real. Note: The book is primarily a romance set in a world in which a pandemic has shifted politics to the more conservative right. Personal freedoms are being eroded, and people live in a state of terror. Jinxy is an expert gamer who is trained to become an expert sniper, but the story is not about the war or the plague, it's about her and the romance with Quinn. HOWEVER, I don't want a smoochy, kissy cover (or a war/weapons one). I think a more neutral, symbolic one as the basic design would be best. Please check out the covers for the Divergent, Hunger Games and Shatter me series for a better idea of what I mean.
I quite like a red, black and white color palette, but I'm not wedded to it. I have set up a Pinterest board with comparison covers, some symbols from the books, ideas, etc. These are just some ideass, I am not saying the design necessarily has to include any of these. I'm a writer, not an artist. Please feel free to be radical or to surprise me! You can check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/jmacgregor0989/recoil-cover-ideas/ My heroine is sixteen, long blonde heir with cobalt blue streaks. She earns a hogstooth necklace (sniper bullet on a leather thong) and that's an important symbolic item in the story. (In her case, it's actually the bullet cartridge, not the bullet itself). Quinn's one eyebrow is pierced with a silver earring. He gives the other earring to Jinxy and this also becomes important in the course of the story. The plague is spread by huge, infected rats. The three books are called: Recoil, Refuse, Rebel Update: I'm disappointed that no-one has yet submitted a symbolic motif that could carry across all three books in the trilogy, as this would be my first prize. To see what I mean, please check out the series covers for the Divergent series (https://i.harperapps.com/covers/9780062359384/y450-293.png) and the Hunger games series (https://www.google.co.za/search?q=hunger+games+series+covers&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=681&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjj0fmT6ajLAhXMVhoKHQZ7DKgQsAQIGQ) Some more info and ideas for symbols from the books: - rats - bullets (particularly, sniper bullets) - sniper rifles / scopes - crosshairs - Hogstooth necklace - biohazard "bloom" - when Jinxy graduates her sniping bootcamp, she gets a pin. Each different skills unit gets a different one. Description from the book: ", I fixed my pin onto the flap of the chest pocket on my jumpsuit. It was about the size of a dollar coin, made of silver in the shape of a scope’s cross-hairs, with a rifle stretching diagonally across it. " The male protagonist is in the intelligence analysis division, his pin is: "I noticed the badge on his lapel at once. A magnifying glass perched vertically over the silver circle" - the training academy is called ASTA and has a symbol: "a massive 3D hologram which was projected on the first landing of the wide central staircase leading to the second floor. A yellow and red logo of upward-pointing arrows, like the chevrons on a sergeant’s insignia badge, rotated above the words Advanced Specialized Training Academy (ASTA) Inform, Protect, Improve." I will try to think of others :)
US$ 299 Bronze package
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And then… they selected a winner!
KimG-Design listened to my feedback well, and executed my suggestions in a speedy manner. I will need changes to the design after the contest is over, since there's still work to be done formatting the book, yet KimG-Design has offered to assist me with tweaking the files once I know exactly what the final page count of my book will be.
That sort of helpfulness and commitment is vital in a good designer, and I'm glad that I was fortunate enough to have such a level-headed designer submit something in my contest.
Aside from all that, KimG-Design's responses were very clear when discussing changes to the design. KimG-Design entered into an english speaking contest and was able to use the language to quickly deliver what I wanted. Not to be rude, but several other designers, even if I liked their designs, were not so coherent as KimG-Design when it came to asking me questions / responding. This is a skill that's as important as the design side of things, and so I was glad that KimG-Design could communicate well!
Lastly, when I asked for a design that let the art I provided do most of the work, that's what I got from KimG-Design. Seeing that a designer understands your brief from the outset is a great asset. It's no fun spending days trying to work out the problems of a design that would have been much better if the designer of said design would just read the brief and understand it.
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