A cover for a fantasy novel, entitled 'Once Called Magic', taking its cues from silhouette-based book covers like Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (original cover), Game of Thrones and The Girl With All The Gifts. See the samples supplied.
One of the early chapters opens with a horse, sculpted from light, collapsing and unravelling. See the bird image enclosed for an example of this dissolving effect.
Here's an excerpt describing it:
"THE HORSE UNRAVELLED. Ember Cobb watched the Ocara-4 Binding tear, silently ripping the Oconic weave from the conjuring’s shoulder to its haunch as if an unseen hand had found a loose thread and yanked on it. As the Binding failed, the bridle sagged, dropping through the wispy remains of the Ocara’s back to land with a slap on the road beneath. The cart slowed, giant wheels crunching gravel. The ‘horse’, now little more than smoky tendrils of cotton-white Oca, faded on the Ocosconan wind."
"Ocara-4 Bindings weren’t an exact representation of a real horse. There was no need for a tail, mane or facial features like ears or eyes. Oconic conjurings didn’t need them. The only reason that an Ocara-4 looked like a horse was that people wanted it to look like a horse. A perfect, artist’s interpretation of a horse. It was why teams of logicians had fine-tuned the shape and size of a quadruped Ocara template into a sleek and powerful sculpture of stallion-shaped light."
I thought this might make a good image if used in the style of the fantasy covers mentioned above -- a central silhouette with title at the top and author name at the bottom.
Elements to include:
Small subtitle: The Oconic Gates: Book 1
Book title: Once Called Magic
Main image: Silhouette of a horse, unravelling or dissolving
Author name: Lexel J. Green
Font-wise, nothing too fancy or swirly. The Invasion of the Tearling cover has the sort of simple look I'm after.
Background colour is up to you. Ideally, the cover style will act as a future template for following books, with just the central illustration and the background colour changing with each book.
Need to adhere to Kindle publishing guidelines, which are:
Cover art must have an ideal height/width ratio of at least 8:5 (1.6), meaning:
- A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side
- For best quality, your image should be 2500 pixels on the longest side
Important: We cannot accept any image larger than 10,000 pixels on the longest side.
Your cover image must be less than 50MB. If the file type you are using supports compression, make sure to enable as little compression as possible, e.g. none for TIFF. Be sure to save your file with 72 dots per inch (dpi).
I would like files delivered in high-res JPEG and Photoshop PSD to enable future text editing. Full copyright transferred upon completion and acceptance of a winning design.