Title: 12 (written as the number, not spelled)
Authors: PLATT & WRIGHT (all caps)
This is a suspense crime thriller about a mass shooting which takes place in a diner. This character-driven tale opens up at 6PM just after the shooting happens. The book then rewinds to 6AM and unfolds one hour per chapter told from 12 points of view. The big mysteries are who lives, who dies, and who pulled the trigger? The entire story starts off as separate narratives which eventually coalesce into a tightly wound explosive/tragic ending.
12 examines the last hours of lives, how the choices we make can create waves we cannot foresee, and how sometimes, no matter what we do, fate will have its way with us.
There are a few concepts we're considering for the cover.
CONCEPT ONE: The numbers 12 done in some creative way, perhaps as puzzle pieces, with a couple of pieces missing, maybe some blood splattered on the missing pieces cast aside? Could be black background, white numbers, but we're open to other colors.
CONCEPT TWO: Something to do with time (12 hours) ticking away. BUT NO HOURGLASS! IT should hint at the concepts above (shooting, ticking clock, mystery)
CONCEPT THREE: Something in a diner. Could have a ticking clock, bullets, police tape, something which conveys the themes/story above.
Got a better idea? We're open to anything that looks top-notch and conveys the themes expressed above.
WHAT THIS COVER SHOULD BE:
The cover should say classy suspense thriller, and look like a bestselling book. No tacky looking thrown together stock photos. This should look like a top notch, high quality suspense book. No cheesy blood effects or horror type fonts.
WHAT THIS COVER SHOULD NOT HAVE:
This cover should not have illustrations unless they are done to accentuate photos or are photorealistic. While we love illustrated covers for some books, this one should be photo-based.
We'll need a 6x9 300 dpi (or higher) cover for print (will also need spine and back done, though we can work this from a PSD file)
We also need a 2400x2400 300 dpi version for the audiobook version.
The 12 should be large and easily visible on the cover.
You can play with different effects on the text if you can think of something cool to go with the themes.