A. Make the Cover simple, uncomplicated and uncluttered. I like BRIGHT, no black background.
TITLE at the TOP / My NAME on BOTTOM!
B. GO TO my blog to get a feel for the story: http://cynthiaberst.wordpress.com
C. The era - NOT MODERN, more medieval-style! USE appropriate Font.
D. Norman is the main character + 4 others, who work as a team: All age 15 and all wear their color of cape.
1. Norman's aura is iridescent (or soft white), brown wavy hair with bangs and brown eyes. He smallish for a boy - 5'7 and 140 lbs.
2. Jayder is 6' and a muscular 190 lb. with Green Aura, has long blonde (shoulder length) hair and blue eyes.
3. Barich is 6 foot tall, muscular weight 190. With Red Aura. Has black hair and brown eyes.
4. Lilly is Blue Aura - is 5'4" tall weighs 120 lbs. has shoulder-length curly blonde hair in ringlets and green eyes.
5. Velvet is Yellow Aura - 5'4 and 120 lb. has long brunette hair to her waist and brown eyes.
E. FOR Important elements - SEE GLOSSARY attached here:
KEY: Each Auraling has an AURA - a static ORB-looking colored energy field tightly fitted around their body (not flowing with tentacles and flames going everywhere....). This is #1 element.
There are five (5) team members here with Norman being the main character.
A very large ancient book (tome) is an important element
The team crest - the 5-sided star is found on their shields and capes.
Each team member wears a crystal necklace (its where they're magic comes from).
Each team member has a hooded cape in the color of their own aura (see names and colors of each character's aura above) with team crest on upper left chest area of cape.
1. Size of CreateSpace POD book will be 6" X 9" with 58,500 words.
2. HINT: See the attached "GLOSSARY" file for embedded icons, codes, and symbols created by author and used inside the book.
3. On back cover, leave white box for CreateSpace ISBN in lower right and Author photo on lower left.
4. See attached file for Author Bio. for back cover info.
5. I like a lot of bright "aura" colors. This novel is NOT dystopian or dark. Target is ages 8 - 12 year olds.
6. This book is the Auraling Series Book 1.