Do not include anything about the author on the cover/back cover/spine.
Descripción del libro
This is the first book in a serial saga (four books written, two more planned, could be much longer). This first one focuses on Jack, a 25 year old man, single, gay, hiding from the world. He works as an office manager in a Chicago suburb, barely makes ends meet. Very much alone in the world. Doesn't believe he can be or do good in the world. Gets a surprise inheritance, meets new supportive people in Denver, and starts to face his fears and accept himself for what he is. He slowly rises from his self-imposed exile to stand on the edge of a bright future with a vision to change the world, one person at a time.
Público al que se apunta
People interested in Male/Male romance (though the romance doesn't happen in this first book.) Male and female readers love it. Current online audience skews to 45+ males from all over the world, but that's because of where it's posted online. Expecting a much wider release when published. People who enjoy a coming of age, overcoming obstacles, rags to riches, lost boy finds himself type story.
Tipo de portada de libro
aún no lo sé
aún no lo sé
Diseño de inspiración
The overall MOOD of the cover fits the beginning mood of this book. It ends more upbeat, so the cover should somehow convey HOPE.
City scape incorporated in the cover (in this case is should be clearly Chicago and NOT some other city)
This is a feel of the relationship that the Forever Saga becomes, starting in Book Two. I like the brightness, the hope and joy in this.
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Otros requisitos relativos al color
This will be a series, and I'm intrigued by the idea of having a slightly different color scheme for each book (subtle color hue differences, though the same intensity). The idea is if you saw these books on a shelf from a distance, you would KNOW they belonged together.
Atributos de estilo
Necesidades de diseño
8 1/2 x 5 1/2 size. Graphic to extend from front over spine to full back. See attached pics for ideas. This needs to be designed from a series POV - there are two main male characters, mid-twenties. The series is their Forever love story. Each installment traces their development as a couple. Different locations, different challenges, intrigues, etc. Book One takes place in Chicago and Denver. The Rocky Mountains are in the background of the story a lot, so might be nice to see them in the background. Seeing Chicago skyline features might be an idea, though not necessary. The theme is mostly moving from loneliness and hopelessness to hope and excitement for the future. So not overly dark, but not super bright, either. I'd love to see some of that movement and development in the design, if possible. I've included three cover designs that have elements of a character and then other story elements around them. I like the feel of them, but they are a little darker than I want.
Lo que debe evitarse
Even though this is M/M fiction/romance, do not have unclothed men on the cover. I would prefer to NOT see their faces. The first book should have the first guy (Jack) and other books will need to have Sam as well. I will want both in different poses on each book in the future. Looking for stock images of two men, obviously in love but in a tasteful, respectful way. Not overly sexy, but definitely showing their love for each other. See attached photo of one idea of type of photography I like - it's two young men holding handing in the sun.
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