This is a dark book, and the cover should reflect that. I would love to see some work with charcoal sketching or something along those lines. If you include the little girl on the cover, she is blonde and often uses a Walkman cassette player with clunky headphones from the 1990s. Also, if you include the little girl, she may or may not have various bruises (on her arms, legs, face, etc). It does not have to show her face. She sleeps in the attic often, so you may or may not include a pillow or blanket on the floor. The floorboards are wooden with knots on them. There is a window in the attic on the right hand wall which is a semi-circle (flat side down) separated into triangles by white molding. You may or may not include a spider web in a corner of the attic. You could also have the shadow of a man, possibly distorted by a child's fear.
I want to give a good bit of artistic freedom. However, if you do include details from the above list, I would want them to be accurate (i.e. square windows would be in conflict to the story, etc.) This is a true story/memoir. It is written for adult audiences only and is very graphic.
The book will be 5.5 x 8.5 and is 150 pages (~48,500 words). I prefer statement (more block-ish, concise) fonts over more fluid ones like in the example cover of "Tell My Dad", but am not completely against something new.
I have noticed that the more of a direct focus that is placed on the girl (e.g. with a close up view or having her be the only thing in the cover besides the color black), the less lonely she feels. The less empty.
She is the main character, but I am more concerned with portraying the emotions at play. Desolation, fear, helplessness, hopelessness, etc.
If the girl is portrayed on the cover, I would prefer that it was not a close up view.