A book cover design that can be used on for an ebook cover and the same design modified for a paperback. My next book, called The Death of Distant Stars, A Legal Thriller, will be published by me as both an ebook and as a paperback on Amazon. The paperback will be 5.25 (wide) inches by 8 inches (tall) with a 1.5" spine.
All three of my novels have had covers from successful contests on 99 designs. You might want to take a look at them on Amazon.com to see the kind of design that appeals to me. Two are women's fiction, but my last book, Dark Moon is a legal thriller. It has an outstanding cover that really captures the genre of the book and used the elements of the story symbolically.
I imagine the cover for this book, Distant Stars, centered with a picture of the building here in San Diego where my main character, Hugh Mahoney, has his office. When the book opens, he is the most powerful plaintiff's attorney in the U.S. and his office, in a landmark San Diego office tower, symbolizes his power and achievements. I have attached some stock photos of the building that I think could be worked into a terrific cover. (There may be others out there that I don't know about or find another stock photo of a building you think workds.) The photos I attach are taken at night, and the lighted windows look like the "distant stars" of the title. The building is called the Emerald Shapery Center and it consists of six glass, hexagonal towers that are lighted at night with green lights. It is a hotel/office complex and, as I noted, a landmark in San Diego.
All the successful designs in the past have surprised me. So I value your originality and creativity very much.
This story is about rich, civil lawyers who are trying a wrongful death case for a beautiful young widow whose husband took a drug made by a major pharmaceutical company that killed him. These are very classy attorneys in a rich, expensive world. So gore and zombie-type covers with dead people and weapons are not going to capture the essence of this story. The themes of these book are power, fall from power, and redemption. I am including a plot synopsis in the next box. The cover should inform the reader that this is a legal thriller, but the cover image should not be merely a cliche. If you want to try something beyond these ideas that I have included below, please feel free. I am looking to convey Hugh's vast power on the cover. Other types of images used on legal fiction included scales (see Dark Moon), courthouses, gavels, and figures in shadow or silhouette. Those are not as appealing to me, but I will certainly consider any and all ideas. Every contest has surprised me (as I said) and there have been a lot of really fine designs making the final choice difficult.
If you look at my other books, you will see that I like plain, easy to read fonts for the title and the author's name. The title must include the subtitle to help identify the genre of the book, "The Death of Distant Stars," by Deborah Hawkins (note the spelling of Deborah)