CemBilici got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Steampunk book cover - The Mechanical Turk
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The Mechanical Turk: an Ottoman Steampunk Adventure
Cem Bilici is an author and screenwriter of supernatural thrillers and fantasy adventures. Born in Adelaide, South Australia and of Turkish heritage, Cem lives with 1 dog -- Bucky the beaglier -- and 0 cats (that will likely never change), and a couple of humans. Cem is also an avid fan of horror films, video games, and heavy metal.
The Ottoman Empire’s dominance resurged when they unearthed the secrets of Greek Fire and steam technology, but Angelique Morreaux will be damned if she allows that to stop her from exacting her revenge! Born into a life of servitude in a foreign land, Angelique escaped and has been plotting and training ever since. Her scheme to hurt the Ottomans, however, did not include a British policeman being shackled to her as chaperone. Nor did Constable James Nathaniel Beechworth ever imagine when he swore service to King and country that he would one day find himself dragged across the world, escorting a criminal to the very enemy’s heart: Istanbul. If they wish to have any hope, Angelique and Beechworth must steal the secrets of steamworks from the Turks. No easy task when they also must contend with the deadly Janissary, the Ottoman Sultan’s elite army of soldiers. However, things are not at all as they appear in Topkapi Palace as they uncover intrigue upon intrigue, and a deadly plot and murders are heaped on Angelique and Beechworth’s shoulders, and they will need far more than their wits alone to defeat their true enemy. Just who that enemy is, however, is what they must also uncover. Is it the Janissary, using the young Sultan Orhan as a puppet? Or the rebel group Asena, who claim they are the only true and pure Turkish people? And what of the rumours of a far deeper conspiracy? If Angelique and Beechworth can somehow work together, and survive, perhaps they will uncover the truth of The Mechanical Turk!
Readers of steampunk, alt-history, and action adventure.
I'm after an eBook cover in standard Kindle dimensions that appropriately reflects both the steampunk genre and current trends in steampunk covers, and the historical Turkish setting in Istanbul of the 19th century. Fire is also an element that can be worked into it with the story featuring heavy usage of Greek Fire, which is bright red both in the Greek Fire liquid and the flames it produces. I'd like the subtitle: an Ottoman Steampunk Adventure on there if it fits, but if not no big deal. Some details on the main characters: - The female main character has dark hair, mixed heritage French-Turkish, adept in martial arts and swordplay - The main male character is British, straight-laced but very capable, has a moustache ... think Watson from Sherlock Holmes Then there's the titular Mechanical Turk chess playing automaton. While not heavily featured in the novel it does play a key role and also eludes to the mystery and strategy the two main characters must employ. Other things that feature in the novel and could be considered in order of importance: - Swords, specifically Ottoman style and Japanese - Steampunk pistols that use Greek Fire - There's a symbol used by a secret society of a crossed ottoman sword and quill pen over a gear. - Ninjas... yep, the Ottomans are allied with the Japanese in this alt-history fantasy and employ assassins from both the Iga and Koga.
What to avoid
For any stock imagery of people, I'd like to avoid them looking like cosplayers. Basic goggles are fine, as well as corsets and Victorian dresses/outfits. The main female character does have a function built into her dresses to hoist them up should she need to allow her easier movement in a fight, so tropey is fine as long as it's not too over the top and laden with greebles and whatever.
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.
CemBilici collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Michael captured the essence of the brief and produced a design that I didn't expect but loved, almost like he read my mind! He was was always prompt with communication and requested changes. Highly recommended designer!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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