What do you do?
I write fiction. In this particular case, it's a comic novella set in the pseudo-medieval fantasy realm of Lower Zond. Title:
and his Startling Stratagem for Advancement"
How many pages of print design do you need?
We're looking at a paperback book cover, front and back.
List the size requirement(s) for your print design
The book's trim size is 5.25" x 8.0", with an additional 1/8" for bleed all the way around. That translates (with front, back, spine and bleed) to a single graphic measuring 11.0"wide x 8.25"high.
What is your industry?
I is a writer...!
Describe the target audience for your print design
Readers with a whacked sense of humor and an appreciation for a high level of verbal play. Educated, well read, high-brow, yet silly and playful.
(Hmm... there may not BE many such people.)
What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your print design?
1) It's hilarious, and it's a fantasy.
2) The main character, a penniless lad (late teens to early twenties), seeks to become the next ruling Earl and take possession of the castle / palace that is currently occupied by the evil-bad-nasty Baron, who has lots of thuggish armed guards at his disposal. Got all that? :-)
3) [optional] The main character is assisted by the advice of a wise octogenarian slave. They quibble in high flown philosophical debate in the most drear and prosaic of surroundings.
Style and Concept
What print design styles do you like?
I don't know style names. What would make me laugh? What would show me a young man yearning after an unattainable castle? What would look medieval? Think "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".
What colors do you want to see in your print design?
I'm partial to primary colors: blue, black, green, red. But I'm not the designer, you are, so take that with a fat grain of salt, okay?
What colors do you NOT want to see in your print design?
(Kidding. I don't even know what color that would be.)
What adjectives should best describe your print design?
Chortling. Gotta see what this is. WTF? It has to make my novella jump out of the racks and say "READ ME! I AM FUNNY!"
How will you use the print design?
Paperback book cover. Mostly viewed on Amazon, so it must look good at thumbnail size.
It will also be used on the Kindle version of my book, so it should be legible (if not at its best) when rendered in black and white -- as it will on a Kindle.
What content must be included in the print design?
Include the title text: "Calentirrian D'Versi"
Subtitle text: "and his Startling Stratagem for Advancement"
Text above the author's name: "A Comic Fantasy Novella by"
and the Author: "Blair Peery"
The spine will be too narrow for text.
The back cover must have ample room for blurbs of glowing praise from other writers (whom I will bribe) and for a couple of paragraphs of book description.
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