sam.t.fraser got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Book cover for a dark fantasy ebook set in Vancouver
Check out sam.t.fraser's Book cover contest…
Samuel Thomas Fraser is an actor and author with a BA in English and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University. A lover of literature both medieval and mysterious, Sam lives among the rainy mountains and forests of Vancouver, BC, Canada. His short fiction and poetry has appeared in outlets including The Macabre Museum and Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies Vol. 1.
Abby Henderson has lived her whole life under a dark cloud. When she was born, a demon called the Deacon claimed her family as his property. When she turned 13, she was traumatized by an ominous psychic vision. When she turned 14, her dad had a psychotic breakdown and tried to kill her. She’s just turned 25, and now people are dying all around her. This is all according to the Deacon’s plan. He believes that Abby is the key to a ritual that will unleash an ancient evil on the world, and he will stop at nothing to make sure that ritual succeeds. Now, Abby is in the fight for her life against an enemy that defies all reason. Together with her pious girlfriend, her magic-slinging former English teacher, and a hotheaded Amazon with a machete, Abby will have to use every trick in the book to outlast the Deacon and his minions. Because if she can’t, her next birthday is going to be Hell.
The target audience for the book is adult readers interested in dark or urban fantasy (think Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London, or TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Constantine). The book will likely also appeal to LGBTQ audiences because it features an LGBTQ protagonist, and readers in Vancouver or elsewhere in Canada because it's a Vancouver-set and Vancouver-produced work.
I want a design that's not too busy, but that can quickly tell the reader what they need to know. I want something that combines a sense of otherworldly weirdness with urban darkness. 'Dark' and 'weird' are the operative words, so neutral tones like blacks and blues are very welcome. However, I'm comfortable with contrasting tones of red (in conversation with more neutral hues) if that's where your mind goes. Show me more of the scenery and less of the people. Show me the borderlands between the Pacific Northwestern metropolis and the world of spirits and demons.
What to avoid
I think a lot of self-published urban fantasy on Amazon kind of looks the same. For that reason, I don't want to see stock photos of pretty people looking magical and gritty. As a matter of fact, try to avoid stock photos entirely if you can. I want to see original art!
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
sam.t.fraser collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Of all the designers who submitted to my design contest, I feel like Raquel paid the most attention to my brief. She kept her design simple and clean, and was very receptive of critique and advice on how to improve the design. A+ effort, and someone I'd love to work with again!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
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