Digital Bits Network, LLC
What do you do?
I'm the author of the League of Scientists and Dev Manny, Information Technology Private Investigator books.
I've appeared in high-profile tech sites like Gizmodo, Slashdot, Boing Boing and Techdirt, and in geek-friendly magazines like 2600 Magazine and Skeptic.
My day job is for i3 Business Solutions, an IT consultancy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
How many pages of print design do you need?
A single image formatted for a front and back book cover. While the final graphic must be the correct size for the book (see size requirements section), back cover graphics are optional.
List the size requirement(s) for your print design
Size of the book will be 5.25" x 8" (13.335 x 20.32 cm), with a spine width of 0.468", and .125" bleed on all sides. The book will be 208 pages long. As for the design itself, it must be presented in a 300DPI or better PDF. Full sizing requirements are to match all standards as required by Amazon's Createspace service, documented here:
What is your industry?
Describe the target audience for your print design
This book is for YA and "middle-grade" readers, both boys and girls, though I expect the readership will lean towards boys. The ages of the protagonists are 13-15 years old. Readers will like either science fiction, fantasy and/or mysteries.
What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your print design?
This book has:
1) A weird mystery involving something supernatural
2) The main protagonist is a boy (or have the image appeal to boys)
3) A secondary protagonist is a girl
Style and Concept
What print design styles do you like?
I like realistic-looking graphics. I like graphics with the "oil painting sheen" appearance. I do not like cartoons or simplistic anime. Silhouettes might work for this design, though I'd have to see in order to be sure.
What colors do you want to see in your print design?
I'm going to use this section to talk about my ideas for the full design. (If you want the full detail, I will make the full text of the book available for any interested designer who wants to read it to get more ideas.)
The story involves "special-effects" when certain supernatural powers are in play. There is high-tech involved later in the story, though a big revelation scene takes place in a forest near a lake. Much of the story takes place at night, and when the supernatural powers kick in, the world changes to something as described like this:
"With my eyes closed, the world around me lit up in a faded black and white line drawing, then slowly solidified. Details erupted around me.
All around me I could 'see' the forest. Trees in front of me were sharper. Outside my line of focus off in my peripheral vision - the world appeared fuzzy and faded off into blackness. There appeared to be wind blowing, too: I didn't feel anything, but something was slowly moving the dark lines of the branches and leaves on the trees.
I took a tentative step forward. My mental perspective shifted in a blur of motion. Then the scene clarified and resolved as the trees repositioned themselves in my mind, still moving gently from the invisible wind."
A related supernatural power is described as having mental "tentacles" or "tendrils", ghostly strands of mental power that emanate from one's head. The size and strength of these tentacles is an indicator of how much mental punch a person has.
The main protagonist and narrator, an overweight 13-year-old boy, has a relatively weak power. A secondary protagonist and love interest for this boy is a girl with relatively strong power. She is described as:
"She was small, slender and was a few years older than me. She was shorter than I was, so I looked down at brown hair pulled into a long pony tail. She had a friendly round face with light freckles over her nose. Her smile shone from clear brown eyes and dimples. Several wisps of hair had broken away from her pony tail and were hanging in the way, but it looked good."
An example of this girl is in the attached file "love-interest-example.jpg" - do NOT copy this graphic - this is just something I found online and is almost certainly copyrighted, but it struck me when I saw it because this was close to the appearance of the love interest in my mind's eye: she's aggressive and confident, and with brown hair and brown eyes is not traditionally beautiful, but still - perhaps through force of personality - she is striking.
What colors do you NOT want to see in your print design?
I'd prefer to see something in darker tones, but also understand that might be difficult to create an eye-catching cover. While there is some humor here, I'd recommend staying away from anything too "happy" looking. This book is not about oranges and greens.
What adjectives should best describe your print design?
High energy. Weird. A mysterious girl.
How will you use the print design?
I will use it primarily on the book cover, but also in any associated appearances online (sales websites) or in related advertising for the book.
What content must be included in the print design?
The book title: Waking the Dreamer
The book subtitle: Transhuman #1
The author: Andy Kaiser
Back cover text:
Tyler Ford is a thirteen-year-old boy who's on a family vacation, stuck with his odd but irritating parents and his cool older brother. Tyler meets Eena, a girl who Tyler quickly realizes hides a strange mystery.
After a midnight meeting that doesn't go at all the way he expected, Tyler realizes Eena's secrets are not just mysterious, but frightening. They are dangerous and supernatural, and thanks to Eena, he is involved whether he wants to be or not.
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Andy Kaiser is also the author of the series "The League of Scientists" and "Dev Manny, Information Technology Private Investigator".
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A Digital Bits Network book
Cover design by [put your name here!]
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