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THE VINEYARD, by Michael Hurley Ragbagger Press, Nov. 25, 2014 Trade paper: 5 x 8, 384 pp. $16.00 USD Paperback / $4.99 USD eBook ISBN-10: 0976127563 ISBN-13: 978-0976127567 ________________________________ BOOK DESCRIPTION From Michael Hurley, winner of the Chanticleer Grand Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious, allegorical tale of old money, young passion and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside village. Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as "the fisherman" threatens to change everything they believe about their world--and each other. “Hurley writes beautifully,” says Kirkus Reviews, “especially when describing island and nautical life.” Publishers Weekly praises “his well-crafted prose.”
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Full-color book cover for a 5 x 8 inch Print-on Demand trade paperback in literary fiction. Must conform to size and design specifications at www.IngramSpark.com for a 384 pp. book printed on cream paper. See additional comments below for specific design requirements.
I am looking for a high-concept cover for a serious literary novel aimed at an older, primarily female, college-educated audience. The setting is Martha's Vineyard, a classic and traditional New England seacoast island with small towns, cottages and flower pots and sailboats. Nothing on the cover should appear urban, sleek, modern, or Euro style. Thematic elements are nautical, pastoral, floral, quaint, traditional, tastefully wealthy. Think Talbot's, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines and Martha Stewart, not Miami Vice or Armani or Las Vegas or Real Housewives of New Jersey or Long John Silver's. Think Garden & Gun and Town & Country, not Maxim or Cosmopolitan. The cover should appear to suggest something subtle, beautiful, oblique. It should not be too busy, too campy, or too heavy handed. More Andrew Wyeth than Norman Rockwell. The novel has three beautiful, Ivy-League educated female protagonists in their early thirties. Any cover that features people should show all or part of one woman or three women, not two women. One has black hair, one blonde, one brown. The book should have no men on the cover. A tastefully concealed artistic nude female might be OK, as there are themes of sexuality in the book, but the cover should not be suggestive of sex. Other elements that might work, but not all together, would be classic wooden sailing yawls, blush blue hydrangeas, white picket fences, pink roses, New England style lighthouses, small village lanes amid classic New England clapboard houses, sea oats and sandy paths, and old wooden dory on a lonely beach with fishing nets, harbors and anchorages, a large mansion in a pastoral setting overlooking the sea, a pebble-strewn beach. With or without people on the cover, scenes might include a sandy beach, marshes and estuaries, a bright sea, a moonlit sea, Adirondack chairs on a pastoral lawn overlooking the sea, one-speed bicycles with Nantucket straw baskets on the handlebars, wildflowers. Other people scenes could include women in wind-blown sundresses with wind-blown hair and beach bags, nautical signal flags and wind-blown flags, a perfect table setting of summer china in the garden of a beautiful, classic home with flowers and arbors and gardens. The back cover should incorporate either an author headshot or half-length shot to be provided and the text shown in the cover-mockup shown in the file attached. For additional ideas, please see the Word document containing excerpts from the book, attached, and a video book trailer posted on the author's website at http://www.mchurley.com/the-vineyard. Some of author's photos of Martha's Vineyard, where the novel is set, are included for reference, but I don't consider a "design" something that just slaps one of my own photos on the cover. Left bottom back cover should feature publisher logo, attached, against contrasting circular background.
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