The mood is fun, feminine, magical, whimsical, youthful and humorous, with strong female characters.
The cover design has to be using current market trends in book design, and be appropriate to the younger readership (18-24 females). It also has to be as professional as a cover from a publisher. This also means it has to look like best-selling books in a bookstore, in the same genre. Please see attached comparative covers (I have also made notes on what I do and don't like about those comparative covers).
There are four main characters, which you can use as inspiration if you like - note you don't have to portray these characters literally - you could use objects as an example instead;
Yasmin is the 24-year-old main character, who lands the job at "The Woman's Standard" and has to learn to tell the truth. Please see character inspiration image in the attached folder.
The Ghost Mothers are:
* Audrey is from 1950, a war heroine from World War II, helping the allies to defeat the Nazis. She teaches Yasmin to be courageous.
* Deborah is the hippie from 1970, who 'wrote the book' on feminism and led the women's marches of the era. Deborah teaches Yasmin how to make friends and influence minds.
* Nicole is the climate scientist from the year 2000, who won the Nobel peace prize for her research. She teaches Yasmin to make smart decisions and trust her intelligence.
All three ghost mothers are aged 30 in the book.
** The size of the book will be 5.25x8 inches.