samchardy got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Dark fantasy ebook needs a cover
Check out samchardy's Book cover contest…
Simon is an Australian historical archivist. When he’s not ‘thigh bone deep in sumptuous dust’ he’s busy being more immature than his two young children and dreaming of living in a ruined castle, with all the modern amenities.
After Jaga’s father has a dinner time epiphany she is abandoned to the necromantic order of the Sisters of Gloam, a dumping ground for the sick, morally bankrupt, and the generally undesirable—a sadistic sisterhood where necrophilia is a lifestyle choice. Jaga must survive the sisterhood’s murderous trials, and her equally murderous classmates just to end up part of an invasion force that kills first and asks questions later. Literally. Taron, a crippled farmer in possession of a sexually frustrated, homicidal, demonic axe (or vice versa), must save his homeland from the sisterhood and try not to pick up too many bad habits—or any Sisters of Gloam—along the way.
Adult Male and female readers of dark fantasy/bizarro.
I like the image provided below. The gold of the wheat and pale blue sky (though I do think a red dawn sky will capture the mood better) contrast nicely with the witch and her undead. The witch would need to be changed to a dark robed female necromancer with or without a dagger, no Scythe or sickle. Zombies in the background would consist of various peasant types rather than warriors and should not be too decomposed. One could be an obese cook for example. The necromancer, Jaga who is considered beautiful, is a slight girl with shining silver hair and sea-blue eyes. She walks the line between good and evil, though she has a vicious vengeful streak. Her robe should be black, with a hood or without. The covers mood should be dark, though there can be a hint of dark humor. Font need not be elaborate. An alternative cover could be an obese god of death (Gloam) sitting on a corpse pile upon which he is feasting.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $399.
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.
samchardy 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!
I couldn't be happier with my cover and the whole experience with Sandro!
The cover looks so high-quality and professional - the facial expressions so perfectly convey the characters, and he beautifully captured the underwater, spooky, magical atmosphere I dreamed of! He's also clearly an expert on how to construct a design (e.g. the right positioning of elements to draw the viewer's eye to the right place).
Sandro is also wonderful to work with, super responsive, and fast - and when I came to him with challenges I couldn't imagine how to workaround, he amazed me time and time again with the solutions he found! (For example, when I said: "Without showing X in this scene -- where it doesn't belong -- I want to give the impression that there will be X in other scenes in the book...")
He's brilliant and I feel so lucky I found him!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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