samEM got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a book cover for the weirdest antics the North Pole has ever seen.
Check out samEM's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I'm a writer. A satirical fantasy fiction writer. I try to be funny, and according to me, it works.
What's your vision?
Here's a brief summary of my comical fantasy novel, "The Winter Riddle." It's a fantasy novel written in the spirit of authors like Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett: "Will it bring an end to the world as we know it?" This is the most basic test to distinguish a good idea from a bad one. Bad ideas have a way of wrecking solitude, and that's all she wants. When the Winter Witch can't get a moment's peace in the North Pole, she'll try anything: swearing at the top of her lungs to convince people to leave her alone, or casting a spell to become nearly invisible; or, if those don't do the trick, she'll forge an alliance with Santa (a retired warrior who's anything but jolly) and save the world from a riddle devised by the daftest pair of libertines ever to have lived. Hopefully, the swearing works. She knows some good swear words she's been dying to try out. Will the Vikings of Midgard take up arms against the rising darkness? Will the White Queen see through the treachery of an evil necromancer? Can reindeer be made to fly, and can everyone who isn't the Winter Witch please stop meddling with dark forces beyond mortal comprehension for a bit?
It has a hint of a Christmas theme, but it's not a Christmas story; Santa's in it, but he doesn't become a jolly gift-flinger until the very end. So feel free to include some holiday elements, but keep them minimal. Santa wears a suit of armor and carries a massive hammer at one point. The main character is the Winter Witch. She wears a lot of black and a pointy hat, so everyone will know she's a witch. Her familiar is a red crow. She flies on a broom and just wants to be left alone. It all takes place in the North Pole. Some primary locations are the witch's cottage, Santa's Village, and a massive castle with impossibly tall towers. Then there's Asgard, in the branches of Yggdrasil the world tree (though not much happens there). It's a very silly story that relies on a large number of characters (Vikings, elves, frost giants, a druid who's turned into a tree, a necromancer who looks like Rasputin), so I'm envisioning a design that is very busy and features a lot of elements. Feel free to challenge me on that; it's not strictly necessary.
USD 499 Silver package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $399.
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.
samEM 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!
He was friendly and prompt with the changes I had in mind for my design. Which was nice to have in my first designing experience. If I saw his name in my next design contest I would be pleased. I would know that I will be working with a professional.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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