Who are you?
Hi, my name is John. I am a dbut author and I need a book cover.
What is your industry?
Publishing and Media
What do you need?
A cover for my first novel. The title is "Live Forever In The Fair City".
The book itself will be a 5.5 x 8.5 paperback. The cover will be matte in texture.
The name of the book and the author "J.V. Flynn" must be included on the front and spine.
The book is set in Dublin, Ireland and the city itself is a major character in the book. Each chapter is named after a different city street. A brief synopsis of the story which is intended as a political thriller with a supernatural element is included in the attachments.
I have included some photographs of Dublin in the attachments to give an idea of the city's appearance. All were taken by me so should you wish to make use of any image for your design, feel free to do so.
The climax of the book takes place at the historic Boland's Mill site in Dublin's docklands and I have included some images of this also (which I do not own).
In terms of the design idea, I would like an art-deco style cover and I have included some photos of posters I like to give an idea of what I mean by that. I think it should be dark, using a small number of different colours. Perhaps a cityscape or using an image of the city in a stylised manner. I have also included a couple of pen and ink drawings I like also.
The book is set over the course of 4 days during a period of heavy snowfall which causes the city to grind to a halt (Some people would say that is a regular problem with Dublin regardless of the weather!)
The book is a CreateSpace project so I do need it in a PDF format.
Finally, I will endeavour to provide feedback on every submission I get and I won't waste your time if I don't like an idea.
Who Is Your Audience?
As noted, the book is intended as a political thriller with some themes that feel very prescient to modern Ireland, namely corruption and loss. There is a certain spiritual, supernatural element to the story which is crucial to the tale but I don't want to overplay it if it might put people off reading it.
In terms of audience then, it is intended as a piece of popular fiction.
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As noted above, must include the title and author's name on the front cover and spine:
Live Forever In The Fair City
You should also allow space for a bar code on the rear cover.
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