tarahbenner got their new book cover by running a design contest:
WANTED: Kick-Ass Dystopian Book Cover
Check out tarahbenner's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I write dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels for new adults.
What's your vision?
I need a kick-ass dystopian book cover for CreateSpace and Kindle. This book is part of a series, so I am looking for a designer whom I can form a relationship with to design the rest of the book covers. IDEAS FROM THE BOOK: The book takes place in a primitive prison community in northern New Mexico. The setting can either be high desert (sagebrush as the primary foliage with mountains in the background) or high-altitude forest (think aspens, cottonwoods, coniferous trees, etc.) The main character is a 25-year-old girl with hair that she wears in a braid. She has a blue heeler dog, but IF the cover depicts them, I would like them ONLY as silhouettes. No exceptions!!! She has a deep longing for freedom, loves the woods, and eventually escapes the prison. I would prefer the title to be in a bold sans serif font that uses capital letters. Elements you may use in the design include razor wire, barbed wire, or a vector illustration of a bird with its wings outstretched. The bird is modeled after a tattoo that is a true-to-life illustration of a lark. These elements are not required, though. Feel free to be creative. BRAND AND AESTHETIC: Here is a look at my most successful series to date. I am NOT looking for someone to replicate these covers; this is only to get a feel for my author brand: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IF8CPCY?ref=series_rw_dp_labf The general aesthetic I am after is slightly dark and dangerous but with a glimmer of hope. The world outside the prison has ended, but the characters don't know this until the end. The cover should lean more badass dystopian than soft and girly. DIMENSIONS AND FILES: The PDF print cover should be 5.5x8.5 inches. I do not have the exact spine width yet, but it will be close to .75 inches. Ideal dimensions for JPEG files for the digital cover are 625 x 2500 pixels. MANDATORIES: Title and author name on both the front cover and spine — Lawless By Tarah Benner — and book description on back cover. DESCRIPTION FOR BACK COVER: When Lark was sentenced to twenty-five years behind bars, she thought San Judas was her lucky break. The primitive 16,000-acre community in rural New Mexico isn’t like any other prison. There are no cells, there is no warden, and Mother Mercy is the law. She didn’t realize she’d be fighting for survival on a daily basis — battling hunger, violent inmates, and Mother Mercy’s iron fist. Lark’s only friend is Bernie — an off-the-rails environmental activist doing time for arson — and a mysterious stranger who’s been sending her illicit messages from the men’s colony. Lark never thought escaping San Judas was possible until a message in a bottle changes everything: The guards outside the walls are disappearing, and the world as they know it is coming to an end. *** Thank you! I can't wait to see your designs!
I believe great type treatment can make or break a design. I am looking for a bold, simple sans serif font for the title, preferably all capital letters. You MUST be able to read the title when the book is viewed as a thumbnail. Here are some examples of type treatment I like: https://www.amazon.com/Turning-Point-Apocalyptic-Survival-Blackout-ebook/dp/B01J023ZQY/ref=zg_bs_7538386011_13?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=A59MB6KCE6KZZB66D03B https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Lost-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00UMBGZGK/ref=zg_bs_3559311011_43?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=S27JFG88FTWKACNE274C I've attached some pictures of the New Mexican desert setting from the book. These are not public domain images, so please DO NOT use these exact pics in your design.
USD 299 Bronze 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.
tarahbenner collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
It was a pleasure working with Bob2412. Communication was excellent and the work was completed promptly. The end result was a beautiful depiction of my vision. Highly recommend and trust with my future projects.
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