janejB got their new book cover by running a design contest:
A great ebook cover for Scottish historical novel that will wow women readers.
Check out janejB's Book cover contest…
The Flower of Scotland
Janet MacLeod Trotter
Janet MacLeod Trotter is the author of numerous bestselling and acclaimed novels, including The Hungry Hills, which was nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and The Tea Planter’s Daughter, which was nominated for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Novel of the Year Award. Much informed by her own experiences, MacLeod Trotter was raised in the north-east of England by Scottish parents and travelled in India as a young woman. She recently discovered diaries and letters belonging to her grandparents, who married in Lahore and lived and worked in the Punjab for nearly thirty years, which served as her inspiration for the India Tea Series. She now divides her time between Northumberland and the Isle of Skye.
A novel set in the turbulent times of 18th century Scotland and is based on the true story of Scottish heroine, Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape capture by government troops following the battle of Culloden in 1746 and the failed Jacobite Rising.
Women predominantly over the age of 40.
A picture of 'Flora' as a young woman (do not use the actual portrait as it is a fictional Flora) in mid 18th century costume possibly tartan and wearing a white Jacobite rose with a backdrop of the sea or a Scottish loch. Or, the Jacobite rose could be used as backdrop. Attached is a portrait of Flora which gives an indication of dress; she is wearing tartan and a Jacobite rose. There are also attached two photos of the Isle of Skye where she landed with Charlie (as recalled in the famous Skye Boat song - over the sea to Skye).
What to avoid
Too much bosom! A fussy elaborate font.
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.
janejB collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Of the 30+ designers participating in the contest and the 140+ proposals submitted as the cover for my novel, the submission of michaelstar* stood out for its artistry and imagination. He did not simply add a title to stock images, but instead wove images suggested by the brief into a cover that incites the imagination. michaelstar* was also extremely responsive to my numerous requests to tweak the design and revise my cover text. He seemed to embrace how important this project is to me. In this world under pandemic lockdown, it has been a pleasure working with him. I recommend his work in the highest possible terms.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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