I need a book cover front and back for my middle grade-young adult
novel: The Transfiguration of Solomon Shinn.
I am looking more for of a hand drawn look or art work look rather
than stock photos. see Harry Potter and Percy Jackson covers.
Front cover: I am picturing a bare sycamore tree see description from
book ("The two wings of the tree extended in opposite directions. To
someone else they might have looked like angel wings, the way they
glimmered under the stars and waved in the breeze. To Solomon, the
tree resembled a plane or perhaps a starship with its nose in the
ground and its wings pointing up to the sky, but to the casual
observer it was simply a large tree dropping leaves in anticipation
winter.") This tree is later used as a spaceship type device for
Front Cover continued:
I envision a fourteen year old boy with dark hair or his silhouette
with his back to us looking up at the tree under a starry sky, and a
star or ball of light emanating out from his center and radiating out
into the space all around him. During the course of the book he meets
and talks to stars, but by the end the main star enters his body and
he in effect becomes one as he fights his battle to conquer his
I would like the below quote/description of the book with consistent
artistry or imagery from front cover surrounding:
"Solomon Shinn expected his evacuation from Hurricane Katrina to be
like any other. Instead, he embarks upon a mental, physical, and
spiritual journey that leaves him questioning the difference between
dreams and reality. Facing nightmares after The Storm, Solomon
struggles to find the faith he needs to conquer his fears. Talking
stars, an unlikely spaceship, a magical book, new friends, and two
enigmatic strangers cross his path across the universe and back home
again. At the start of his adventure, Solomon is merely a lost boy
talks to stars. In order to conquer his fears and help save the
he may have to become one."
Style of front cover: Use your artistic liberties. As a starting
point I am picturing a hand drawn-type illustration similar to The
Lightning Thief:Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1 by Rick
Possibly an abstract of a hurricane storm cloud transforming into a
supernova of a star.
Other info to inspire different options:
The novel starts with Solomon searching the sky through his
telescope. The climax of the book finds Solomon fighting his own
materialized fears on Chalmette battlefield(site of Battle of New
Orleans). At one point he is engulfed in a recreation of the flood
waters from Hurricane Katrina that covered his home. He emerges with
star beating inside his heart and transforming him into a human/star
on the battlefield as he battles the storm of his own fears. At the
end of the battle he actually transforms into pure light as he allows
his fears to pass through him allowing his light to extinguish them.
Be creative and ask for more info if needed. I will publish this as a
8.5 inch by 5.5 inch typical paperback sized book.