This anthology -- titled WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS? -- will contain more than a dozen adult-themed stories that blend Horror and Science Fiction genre elements.
The front cover should represent the title: a creature that has 2 heads, 10 eyes, and terrifying (terrible) table manners. It should also come across as some hybrid of alien, robot, and mutant human. I am open to different artistic styles, but I think I want to steer away from anything too cartoony/comic bookish. Also nothing that has an obvious stock photo appearance.
Beneath the title should read in smaller type "An Anthology of Science Fiction Horror" and on the bottom, in large type, "Edited by Sawney Hatton"
I need both a version for the ebook (front cover only), and a full cover version for the print edition (front cover + back and spine).
Here are the ebook image specs for Amazon.com KDP, which you should follow:
Kindle Direct Publishing accepts two types of files for cover images
JPEG, or .jpeg
TIFF, or .tif(f)
Requirements for the size of cover art:
--Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6
--For better quality, image should be 1563 pixels on the shortest side and 2500 pixels on the longest side.
Product images display on the Amazon website using RGB (red, green, blue) color mode. Remember that the cover should look good as a thumbnail, the book title and editor name readable.
For the print edition, I just need a nebulous back cover that I can later add text, logo, and barcode over. Maybe something with muted multicolored swirls of mist. But feel free to do something different.
Size of print book will be 5.5" X 8.5"
Spine: I am not yet sure of the page count, so let's estimate 250 pages. This means you should design the spine to be .563" in width (250 multiplied by 0.002252); this will most likely have to be adjusted when I determine the final page count.
The spine should include the book's title and "Sawney Hatton"
The full cover will be delivered to the printer as a single PDF that includes the back cover, spine, and front cover as one image.
The printable area must be:
--Measured exactly to the book's trim size, spine width, and .125" bleed
--Centered horizontally and vertically
Cover Width: Bleed + Back Cover Trim Size + Spine Width + Front Cover Trim Size + Bleed (in this case=11.813")
Cover Height: Bleed + Book Height Trim Size + Bleed (in this case=8.75")
From the winning designer I would like a jpg of the front cover, a pdf of the full cover, and the graphic files you used to create it (preferably in Photoshop or Illustrator)
If you have any questions, please ask. Have fun!