The book size is 5.25"x8" on CreateSpace.
There are 4 main characters in the story. I'd like to see them on the cover. One of the main characters makes a clay sculpture of the quartet but I'm not sure if that would look good on a cover.
--- Description of clay sculpture from book ---
One of the girls has what looks like a bright red scarf wrapped tightly around her neck, her hair coming down to about the middle of her back and tied up in a braid. Adalet gave her brown hair and light green eyes. She looks like that girl I bumped into in the hallway today.
As I thought about it, I guessed the scarf made sense since Adalet put the group in a ice skating rink. I notice everyone in the group is wearing ice skating shoes and winter clothes. The girl with green eyes and the bright red scarf is smiling and holding hands with one of the boys, apparently trying to help him figure out how to skate.
The boy oddly enough has a similar scarf wrapped tightly around his head covering his eyes. He has messy black hair and tanned skin. He seems incredibly uncomfortable on the ice, but is smiling happily and holding onto the girl with the red scarf. Little lines in the ice behind him seem to indicate where he had stumbled and fallen while trying to follow the others.
Next I look to the other boy who has spiky light blond hair and piercing blue eyes. His skin is much paler than the others by comparison and he seems to be the most well adjusted to the ice. He is skating ahead of the second girl, but not too far from the group, and from the looks of it has a snowball in his hands.
The girl that the blond boy is looking at has short black hair, bright brown eyes and tanned skin. I quickly realize that this girl is meant to be Adalet, since she looks exactly like her. The statue version of Adalet is skating, a bit clumsily from the looks of it, after the blond boy holding her own snowball. When I look the two figures over more closely I notice little white specks that I realize are supposed to represent the impact of past snowballs thrown at each other.
--- Description of 4 main characters ---
Ioana : Her hair is brown hair and she has light green eyes . Her skin tone should match that of someone of Romanian descent. She is 16 years old. She will be wearing a bright red scarf wrapped tightly around her neck. Her hair is coming down to about the middle of her back and tied up in a braid (can be kind of loose [some strands falling out] and blown in the “wind,” but try to match the length described)
You can play around with the rest of the attire however you like, but the scarf must stay and must be wrapped around her neck.
Haluk : His hair is black and his eyes are bright brown. His skin tone should match someone of Turkish descent. He is 17 years old. He should have a scarf similar to Ioanas wrapped around his eyes like a blindfold. There should be lines in the ice behind him indicating that he is struggling to skate. Ioana should be posed next to him helping him skate. You can play around with the rest of the attire however you like.
Adalet : Her hair is short (comes down a little below the jaw) and black. Her eyes are bright brown similar to Haluk (the two are siblings so they should bear some resemblance). Her skin tone should match someone of Turkish descent. She is 16 years old. You can play around with the rest of the attire however you like, but she should have snow on her (she is having a snowball fight with Bennett on the ice). She is a good skater so she should be posed with confidence and grace, perhaps holding a snowball.
Bennett : His hair is spiky and light blonde. He has bright blue eyes
His skin should be noticeably paler than the other kids since he is of British descent, but he can be slightly tanned (just no “sparkly vampire” look). He is 16 years old. He should be portrayed very confidently on the ice seeming like an expert and perhaps be the farthest ahead of the group. He must be holding a snowball and aiming it back at Adalet. You can play around with the rest of the attire however you like, but he should have snow on his attire (he is having a snowball fight with Adalet on the ice)
Existing cover likes and dislikes
Cover 1 (13 Reasons Why): https://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Rea…14188X/ref
1. I like the melancholic feeling the cover gives off with it’s use of the gray scale, body language, and imagery of the lone girl on the swing.
2. I also like the way the title/author names do not get in the way of the image allowing for the picture to catch the viewer’s attention then slowly draw them to the title and author’s name using line of sight methods.
Example: First look at the girl's face, leads to the title, and lastly follow her body down to the author name.
1. I do not want the story to seem “too gloomy.” For 13 Reasons Why this is understandable since (from my limited knowledge) the story is about a girl committing suicide and all these reasons why. Complications is not a completely happy or completely sad book. I want it to portray that there are some sad moments in it, but not that there will only be sad or happy moments.
2. I do not want the cover image to be too distracting. I would like for it to grab the viewer's attention and draw them to it, but not to be so in their face that it distracts from the title and author. With 13 Reasons Why, I almost found myself so distracted by the cover that I didn’t really care to delve into the book. A better example of a cover that does this in my opinion is Scythe, https://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Arc-N…472421/ref, which has a standout cover, but still creates an interest in the viewer to read the book.
3. I do not like the grey scale effect, as it applies to the complications cover. For 13 Reasons Why, I feel it is fine to use the grey scale scheme, but I want complications to use color to have hints at the life and happy moments of the story, not just the doom and gloom parts.
Cover 2 (The Guardians of Olympus):
1. I like the character dynamic portrayed in the positioning and body language of the characters. For instance, the brunette on the left is looking at the boy in a manner that would make me assume that there is some sort of close relationship/love interest plot line going on between them. Whether or not this is true for The Guardians of Olympus is irrelevant because it still (seems like it) tells me a little bit about the characters and gets me interested in the plot.
2. The colors are gorgeous. I just love the color scheme for the cover and the lighting effects and how they straddle the border between a little too extreme, but not so realistic as to be boring.
3. Also it is like the only group shot I could find sooooo….
1. I know I pretty much just praised the color scheme, but I do think it is a little too bright and cartoony for what I had in mind for Complications. For The Guardians of Olympus it is fine since it is dealing with fantastic and mythical creatures/characters so I understand why the cover would be a little out there, but Complications is largely grounded in reality without any huge magical “leaps of faith.” Not to mention I would like the cover to be based off a statue one of the characters made, so I really would like to have it not be too out there.
2. The title and author name placement seem like an afterthought. It just seems like the generic (insert title here) and (insert author name here) placements. Like the creator blew so much creative energy on the artistic design of the cover that they just couldn’t be bothered to think of an interesting name placement. This does not bother me that much, but I just feel it seems lacking in the face of other covers like 13 Reasons Why where it seemed like the creator actually gave a rip about how to best format this.