I'm a first time, self-publishing author, who's finished her manuscript and all other relevant data, now I just need the "face" of the book!
The title is-
"Stockings Required". The font of the book is very important! It should "harmonize" with the rest of the image, and be on top of the background, or in a black banner at the top. You can choose to do the title in a lighter color or darker color.
The title also has a subtitle of "Tales of a Cigarette & Candy Girl". This should be in a smaller font, but match the title, obviously. That can go under the title, or somewhere else, if it looks good.
My name should be at the bottom. Karryn Nagel same font and matching color. Doesn't need a banner.
An image I'm attaching is perfect for the look of the main character, but for other reasons, we can't use this exact photo. (back of blond walking away, foot raised) However, an illustration of this would be perfect. I'm attaching a sketch a friend of mine did that outlines the effect. The character should have brown/black hair, creamy smooth, almost unearthly white skin. She should be around 5'4", lean, acrobats body. We will not see her face. Please notice in the photo how there are consistent splashes of color that keep your eye roaming in the image, her hat, gloves (MUST KEEP those half gloves!!) tutu, and shoes. See physical description of character below. I really like keeping the reddish pink for the outfit colors, see how the splash of orange makes it pop? try turquoise too!
She should be walking away, with a bar in the background to her right or on a simplified street sidewalk, maybe a bar or cafe to the side, with a sign, the golden gate bridge in the background?, either fuzzed out, or in a type of stylized line drawing. Here is a link to a bakery that has this effect on their website, I like the black awning particularly and the above-the-door effect, especially-
Maybe have a few packs of cigarettes and/or candy pieces on the bar, or the floor?I trust your creative juices to come up with something if the bar/street scene doesn't strike you! (I realize this can be a double-edged sword to ask)
I'm including a link that captures the essence of the cigarette and candy girl world, of which there are thriving businesses in LA, NY, and SF.
( a few rows down in my favorites)
Here's a cover that's close to the mark, excellent shading and striking colors, background is very passive.
Photos of actual candy girls while working are overcrowded with busy-ness, while photos of girls in "costume" tend to be too fake. This is why the image needs some realism AND fantasy.
One of the photos I found online shows the coloring of my main character really well. (face closeup of girl with grey eyes-DO NOT use this photo, she has the coloring, but not the face of my character. Also, this photo has no detail on the candy element of the job.)
My keywords for this look are: classy, sassy, professional, an element of desire, a little bit of realism and a little bit of fantasy,(FANTASY AND REALISM-VERY IMPORTANT!!) and a sense of humor. I also like the idea of the Golden Gate bridge in the background, but that's a very secondary priority. Maybe distantly away, as through a window? This might make it over-designed.
My main character is 26 yo. Here's a physical description of her from the book-
"I looked in the mirror, and tried to gauge the appeal I could play up the most. My hair was a wavy dark brown, nearly black in this light. It’s thick, and falls to my shoulders. My skin was pale, a creamy white with no freckles — well, except for the one that’s almost never seen, because it’s inside my left elbow. My eyes were a very light gray. They tended to intrigue or alienate people, I've learned the hard way, and were one of the first features that people noticed about me.
I was not as petite as Meredith (4'10"), but I don’t tower as tall as Susannah (5'7"), either. I had really tiny feet. Most people didn’t notice that. I was not strong, but I was flexible. I had the kind of body that’s good for acrobatics. I was using the company's uniform tonight, so I couldn't do much to change the way my body came across. I would need to rely on hair and makeup to develop my allure.
I decided that I would play up my eyes with heavy charcoal eyeliner and a turquoise uniform. Last night the customers were mostly intrigued, and no matter what, those colors would help make my persona stand out. Jana said that I looked amazing in turquoise and I agreed."
The book is due to be released as-
1) an ebook (Smashwords, which distributes to the big 6 distributors-Barnes & Noble, Itunes, Kobo, Sony, Amazon Kindle, and I can't remember the last one)
This means it needs to be thumbnail-friendly, and black and white friendly.
2) As Print on Demand through Amazon's Createspace
This means it needs to translate well to color, with a back cover and spine. A book size I like is 5 1/2" x 7 2/5
3) I will also be ordering copies from a print house to sell privately and locally here in San Francisco. So the same needs apply as from the Print on Demand.
4)I will also be releasing on Audible.com, when the audio book is done. So the same needs apply to the thumbnail for the listing on their site. (I think)
The book's launch is due between May 15th-May 25th. I have everything else ready to go, except the cover.
a Synopsis and excerpt of my book is here-http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/redkarryn/novels/stockings-required-tales-of-a-cigarette-candy-girl
(Please note that the word count and errors have been adjusted, this is just to give you an idea of the story)
Here is the Facebook page-
Please be prepared to work with someone who's strong on communication!