Turner Tomlinson is a chemical engineer and writer currently living in the southern US. Born and raised in Fayetteville, AR, he studied chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas before spending several years in the oil industry. Currently he is an account manager at a water treatment company by day and a writer by night, and his first book The Shooter Act has recieved several awards for independent publishing. Find out more at turnertomlinson.com
Ficción, SciFi, SciThri, Thriller, Medical Thriller, Techno-thriller, Female Lead, Crimen
Descripción del libro
This book is a fiction story about people living at the edge of a new era and how they deal with the onrush of complexity in the world in different ways. Some by running away, some by adapting, and others by using the confusion as an advantage to consolidate power. We are set in the near future, with humans having just achieved (potentially) everlasting life. There is a new cult-like organization--the Church of the Everlasting--which provides people free healthcare (many need this desperately) if you sign a hundred year contract of service with them. If you're going to live forever, why not right? At the same time, the story is about a girl who ran away from this cult at a young age and now has come back due to the death of her father. Her father is the scientist who solved cancer, and started the church, and not only is the main character's sister in charge of the church, there's evidence that she's planning something big that will effect the whole planet. Main character must navigate this troublesome terrain while an outside organization is attacking the church and trying to kill the sisters. Story is at once a detective yarn (who killed the sister's father?) and a near future sci-fi thriller. Very medical-drama at times, and all the medical procedures are anatomically correct. It's a bloody book at times, but we're dealing with keeping people alive no matter what. So, all that to say, need a cover that conveys "you're along for a mystery and a helluva ride that will be intellectually satisfying."
Público al que se apunta
College age or older, male or female (would like the cover to appeal to females), anyone who reads sci-fi/techno-thrillers that I can get it in front of.
Tipo de portada de libro
Tapa blanda o Paperback
Diseño de inspiración
Pretty eye catching, muted colors, unexpected.
Mixing something real with digital feel to it. Really like it. I think my cover needs to have some trace of a high-technology theme, even if it's as simple as the above.
Letterplay and how the O plays with the other O in overlap and color. The color is fantastic (zoom in on butterfly wing?) and design is simple. Eye catching. Same play could maybe be done in the 'A's of Cancer Was.
Simplicity of it, and the motion that's captured even though its a still image. Gun imagery never hurts.
Love the mishmash of designs, and that it's colorful.
Elegant and simple. Don't like it for the black, like it for the attention to detail and how pleasing the symmetry/high res of it is.
Love the symbolism here, and the haunting nature of it.
Haunting. I'm starting to suond like a broken record.
Mine doesn't need to be this bare bones, but this is good.
This is pretty eye-catching out of surrealism, but that's fair play.
This one is goofy, but love the idea--make it look like a paused VHS all glitched out.
This is almost a cover in and of itself.
If glitch started a little more to the right (like 1-2 slices) this would be very interesting as a cover--a picture of main character all messed up on teh edge like this.
¿Qué colores quieres que tenga tu diseño?
Los diseñadores eligen
Ligeros y neutrales
Otros requisitos relativos al color
Look, I'm not a cover designer. I've put a bunch of info in your lap on the sort of thing I like, but at the end of the day this is not my expertise. Use what I have as a loose guide, and if it inspires you great, but if you have a feeling that you can do something better that maybe doesn't fit what I've put in the brief perfectly then do it anyways. If it pops, if it catches my eye, then you're good. One other note, the main character is upper-twenties female, dark red hair (auburn) and if she's depicted would probably want her to have a backpack, (trying to solve a murder int he story) and have trepidatious/worried/determined look on her face.
Atributos de estilo
Necesidades de diseño
I'm looking for something that is intriguing and visual striking (would catch your eye on Instagram), but NOT locked in to either gender. Want it to be approachable by male or females both. I also like having words "a novel" somewhere on there, and then, of course, "by Turner Tomlinson" or maybe just the name without the word "by". Really, you have a lot of creative license here. Take what I've said and do whatever feels right to make a fantastic cover. When I checked "retro" up there I was thinking of the new FX show Legion, which has some fantastic modern-retro art going on in it. I will include a word document attached with a synopsis of the book to help with direction. It will also include the first 2 chapters of the book. You do not need to read these if you want to. I'd recommend reading the synopsis.
Lo que debe evitarse
Avoid generic book cover formula unless it pops. Free reign to do whatever else you want in the vain of cyber punk, abstract visuals trending towards colorful/high tech. Doesn't have to be colorful if design is the eye-catching part. This is a medical detective sci-fi thriller set in somewhere around 2030, so any cityscapes should be informed by very generally futuristic/ghosty imagery (don't put in a flying car or anything, ha). The cover should not be uplifting...if it gives off any hints of the nature of the story then those hints should be pessimistic and gloomy, while also visually stimulating. Thing Ghost in the Shell but less dark and cyborgy.
Here's short synopsis (3 paragraphs) and 2 first chapters. Reading through chapters is very optional. Synopsis may help you, though.
Example of spine publishers logo
Example of back cover publishers logo
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