What: An eBook cover (front only, no spine or back cover needed)
Title: The Doors of Delamere
Author: Kalyn Crowe
• Title and author easy to read on cover
• 6:9 Aspect Ratio – H / W = 1.5
• Printable up to 30 inches tall with at least a 300 dpi
• Eye catching thumbnail
• Works well on a monochromatic e-ink display
• Follows Amazon’s recommendations and requirements for kindle book covers (https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId…TRG6OPX0VM)
About the Book
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Genre: Paranormal / Steampunk
Theme: A person cannot escape change, but they can choose to be its driving force.
Notable major event:
The doctor that comes to the city as mentioned in the synopsis below is there to put on a vampire autopsy of a headless vampire. Blythe's choice to go or not go is part of the plot line and ultimately this decision leads her to hiding out in a morgue. She goes so far as to hide within a cold chamber in a body bag. I need this type of feel for the cover and I'm not sure I'm getting it yet.
Blythe Delamere is trapped between two worlds. One is the world of humanity that holds laughter and joy along with her best friend, but also the looming threat of discovery and extermination. The other contains her loving but distant father and a vindictive mother who clings to the old teachings and traditions of vampire kind. And although Blythe appears to be in her late teens, this has been her existence for more than sixty years. That is until an unknown vampire corpse changes hands and a pair of black carriages come to her city.
After this peculiar appearance, Blythe has a chance encounter with a mischievous young man named Max Harland. Setting in motion actions that will not only result in the further disregard her mother’s wishes, but also in the greatest risk Blythe has ever taken. To complicate matters, her father is being Called to the shadow realm beyond and will soon have to leave her behind.
This paves the way for a series of events that will forever change Blythe’s life. They will take her down the paths of self-discovery and of heartbreaking loss. But will she be able to withstand this change and claim her life as her own, or will she instead be consumed by the darkness of her seemingly inescapable condition and the mother that made it so?
The story is set in an anachronistic world with Victorian steam punk styling. It takes place during a time when science has become the forefront of explaining events instead of magic which has no become taboo culturally. An odd feature is the two moons. One is much smaller and follows the other. (These do not have be on the cover.)
The main mode of transportation is horse drawn carriages, or simply horseback. There are no combustion engines yet. Also there are no blimps.
Fashion-wise the world stays very much typical with the Victorian steam punk flavor. For instance Blythe is hardly ever without her top hat and is often wearing a riding coat with a blouse, fitted pants, and boots.
Within the city there are electric street lamps that light the exterior of row-style homes which still largely rely on oil and candle light for interior lighting. Electricity is widely used in the much larger masonry buildings of Main Street where brass lamps can be found throughout. Doors are set with classic keyhole locks and old fashioned keys.
Blythe’s coven resided in a dilapidated castle’s catacombs which is hidden high up in the pine-clad mountains near the city. It is very low tech there. The light is provided by candles only. (The majority of early entries have castles in them. I would like to clarify that the castle is in ruins. And, as I stated, the coven resides in the catacombs below. Please consider that the castle is merely a backdrop because of this.)
More Details on Blythe:
• Pale skin
• Intense, yet friendly gray eyes, glow teal when adrenaline would be pumping
• Black long hair, one length, straight as an arrow
• Part of her personality is that she sees her vampirism as a ball and chain, not a blessing.
Covers that I like:
• The Twilight series I must admit has great covers. The first one is especially striking to me, but it is also the only one of them I’m familiar with beyond the cover.
• From 99designs I found this: http://99designs.com/book-cover-des…ntries/110 I like the monochrome, but I’m less a fan of the grey smudging for the background.
• Killing Hemmingway has another pretty good cover: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U01ICUO/ref
• The top one of this page especially: http://www.lacuisinedugraphiste.net…Graphiste+
What I don’t want to see:
• This book has vampires in it, but I don’t want to see typical vampire “stuff”
o No blood
o No fangs
• This book has steam punk elements in it, but I don’t want cogs and gears all over the place.
• No doors. The word doors in the title is both a metaphor and a physical reference, that’s enough.
• I’m not interested in purchasing stock imagery, or heavy/obvious use of it. I would love something creative and unique.
Also, this is the first book in a series; so anyone I choose will very likely have more work from me in the future.
Update 1/15/16: I have updated the setting information to clarify the castle and it's role. At this point I would like to plainly ask for no more castles.
I have also attached some images (that I do not own) under the other section to help show what things should look like, such as the carriages.
Update 1/16/16: Added a notable major event before the synopsis. Please take a moment to read it over.
Also I'm becoming interested in a vector style with some sort of vintage flare, but not limited to it.
As a side note, bats are not off limits.
Update 1/17/16: I have added a completely different idea for covers I like and more info to the major event.
I have enough entries that feature the moons and a female silhouette. Please try to utilise something more unique to the book. You can feel free to ask me questions.
Something that may stir some color ideas: Teal and purple/violet hold important places in the book. The teal for Blythe's lit eyes as mentioned earlier in the brief, and the purple for the antagonistic parties.
There is a special bat in the book, a long-eared brown bat to be more specific. Incorporating him a discreet way could be fun. (In other words I don't want just a big bat cover, please.)