Title: God of Burden
Subtitle: Epic’s Story
Author: D.L. Tabor
Trim Size: 5.5” x 8.5”
Covers should be submitted at 300dpi using CMYK colors. Covers need to have .125 inches of bleed on each side.
God of Burden is an adventure, rated mature (not sexual, but mainly blood/gore/language), set in the year 1381. The target audience would probably be males, ages 18 to 35 and some depraved females. I put the summary towards the bottom of this page.
Book Covers that I like:
First of all, I want to say thank you and thank God for the internet for bringing designers and authors together. I really appreciate you putting in your time to create an outstanding cover for something that I have put in over a year’s time on. It all comes down to the cover and you are my key to customers.
Don't feel obligated to use the files I attached as examples. These are not paramount to use. Feel free to design your own demon if you like.
I strongly prefer original work. I really do not want to acquire copyrighted materials for this book at all. I have attached some files that might help and inspire if needed.
I am not looking for the typical sword and sorcery type of look. I am looking for something simple, yet powerful that can draw an eye. I put some links of examples of covers below that I really love and picture for this book. As you can tell, they have a simple design, but are also very powerful. You can use these as inspirations for an example, and I wouldn’t mind if you provided another example that goes in a whole other way that has your personal touch on it. Just like any author, I would like for someone to stop at the book and say, “Holy s**t! What the he** is that about!” Feel free to also use the two graphics that I have attached that are directly from the book illustrations. I also attached some really really bad examples of where I was going with the cover before I gave up and decided to go with the pros. Lol
Description of the demon in the book if this helps:
The grey beast stood bare, facing the crowd. Epic saw that its dark grey skin was contrasted with thick blue veins running through its body like a spider web. Swinging behind the beast was a long grey, ropelike tail that came to a dagger-like point. The demon’s head was humanoid save for the large ram horns curling on each side of its head in a tight swirl. It had a thick heavy jaw with deep set red eyes, and the fact that it was well over nine feet tall immediately struck a tinge of fear into the hearts of every member of the group. That is what I based the demon off of in the attached file.
1. The title and subtitle should be larger than the author’s name.
2. Possibly the short blurb, found at the bottom of this page, by Orford B. Sassel (I leave this up to you.)
Should include title, author, and She Dead Press
Back cover should include:
1. the publisher name: She Dead Press and website below it: http://www.shedead.com
2. ISBN - 978-0-9892946-0-7
4. price of $14.95
5. Cover design by insert 99design winners name here along at the bottom in a small font typically found on other books (if you don’t want your name on there, that is fine also. If you have a website, I will put it on my website if you would like me to do so.)
6. the following summary
(Tagline—should be larger than the summary): An evil has invaded the medieval English countryside.
The year is 1381. Four adventurers happen upon the dwelling of a horrific demon, discovering the legend of a celestial golden object and the powerful effect that it holds upon evil. Epic, the philosopher and self-appointed leader is joined by his eclectic group of friends: Sadeep, the quiet sneak and thief; Ambrosio, the grizzled and foul-mouthed soldier; and Thomas, the larger than life, scythe-wielding monk.
Abaddon, a fallen angel, seizes the village of Dorking and, along with his faithful minions, infiltrates the southern English landscape. Will the adventurers pursue the prized object for wealth or use it to abolish the evil decimating the land? Along their daring journey, the group encounters: sharp-tongued old women; friends and foes, small and large, and sometimes magical. They will not only question each other’s intentions, but their own intentions and faith. In victory or defeat, their lives will never be the same, but nonetheless their story will be epic.
7. And, last, the following blurbs from authors and critics (you can put both on back, or put one on front and then one on back):
“The most disturbing book since The Bible!” – Orford B Sassel, Author and Critic (This one might be good on the front. Designers call)
“Medieval adventure fans will relish the depravity in which D.L. Tabor has reached with this literary tour de force.” – Steven Queen, Author (definitely on the back for this one)