This is the first of a series of at least three books. However it is laid out, I would like the format to be repeatable.
The title is ALWAYS BET ON RED.
The sub-title is A Rogue Gambler Western
The author is Scott Dennis Parker. At the bottom of the cover. Likely in the same font as the title, but I’ll leave it up to you if you want to use a different font.
Just about every cover I’ve seen at Amazon has a color scheme of brown or sepia. As much as I’d like to break with that trend, at this stage, I’m going to keep with that color palette. However, if you come up with a killer cover image, please show me. I’m willing to be persuaded.
This is a western. If you examine western covers at Amazon or the ones I’ve uploaded here, they all have similar images including the following: cowboys and/or horses, pistols, shoot-outs, whatever. Many are in silhouette. As you can see from the cover images I took in a bookstore, if the cowboys are not in silhouette, they are on horseback, either just standing there or shooting off screen.
Denton is a gambler. When I came up with the title, I imagined a poker table with cards and chips. Maybe whiskey shot glasses. But also of a scattered hand of poker with blood splatters.
So, for the cover, I can imagine any of the following:
• Still shot of Denton and Queen of Spades. He can either be astride the horse or not. He smokes.
• Still shot of Denton without the horse.
• Action shot of Denton doing whatever you’d like, but probably shooting a gun.
BTW, I love action shots more than anything, but be creative.
Note: I love the old painted covers from old westerns and pulp fiction. But I know the new trend in covers is photography. I’m fine with photography, but I’d like any potential model to have multiple images to use in future novels. My preference would be to make it look painted, but I understand if that’s above and beyond.
Whatever font used will need to be repeated in size and positioning for future covers. Probably something akin to old fashioned. If you examine the pictures I took form the bookstore, you’ll see that most covers use a serif font.
BLOCKS OF COLOR:
In the images of the Ralph Compton novels, you’ll see that portions of the cover are taken up with solid blocks of color. But more modern covers do not employ that. At this stage, I prefer a full cover, but I reserve the right to request a color block on a subsequent draft.
Currently, this will be an ebook only, likely published in January 2017. When I make the paperback, I’ll likely have a solid color spine and back cover that matches the color scheme from the front cover.
However, if the scene you create is an outdoor shot or has the possibility of a wrap-around cover, I’m all for that.