Who are you?
My name is Ron Franscell. I am a bestselling crime author and journalist. I wrote the bestsellers "The Darkest Night" (true crime) and "Angel Fire" (literary fiction). Like many successful traditionally published authors I am now experimenting with some self-publishing options.
The Crime Buff's Guide to the Outlaw Southwest is the latest in a series that has been traditionally published up to this point, but now I'm taking the series in an exciting new direction under my own imprint. It is actually a "boxed set" of the previously published OUTLAW ARIZONA and OUTLAW NEW MEXICO.
What is your industry?
Publishing and Media
What do you need?
I need the front and back cover design for "Crime Buff's Guide to the Outlaw Southwest." The book's format will be a standard 6-x-9-inch trim and the final image must be at least 300 dpi. (I'll need the cover to be rendered for both print and ebook.)
The book is a collection of about 300 historic true-crime entries, dozens of photos, and GPS coordinates for significant sites associated with those crimes. So the cover should be a little edgy, a little haunting, and be similar--but not the same-- to to cover of OUTLAW ARIZONA.
The first four books in this series were published by Globe Pequot Press with absolutely awful covers. You can see them on Amazon, but they would be examples of what I DON'T want or need.
Who Is Your Audience?
True-crime buffs, history buffs, Southwesterners in general.
We Like These Examples
Here's the cover design for OUTLAW ARIZONA, AND WE'D LIKE TO CAPTURE SOME OF THE SAME EDGINESS:
We Absolutely Must Have
BLURB: "The ultimate guilty pleasure book!" San Antonio Express-News
TITLE: Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Arizona
AUTHOR: Ron Franscell
DESCRIPTOR: Bestselling author of THE DARKEST NIGHT
Back copy will be provided separately
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