locke2626 got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Need a book cover design for a fun and pulpy political thriller
Check out locke2626's Book cover contest…
Starve the Beast
Austin Beck divides his time between Houston, London and Toronto. Starve the Beast is Austin Beck's first novel.
Starve the Beast is a political thriller about the first woman elected president of the United States, and the harrowing first 100 days of her presidency as she seeks to pass a historic piece of legislation that pits her and a close circle of advisors against the most powerful and dangerous moneyed interests in the country.
People who enjoy page-turning thrillers mixed with political intrigue. It's a quintessential beach read or airport read. The book is set in the United States but would have broad appeal for anyone who enjoys plot twists and rapid action.
Book cover type
Don’t know yet
Because the book is a political thriller set in Washington, my first insticnt was for a simple color scheme of blue, white and red. White background with the illustration in red and the title and author's name in blue. I imagined the red stripes of the american flag running vertically on the page, or the silhouette of the lincoln memorial, anything that says American politics, but with some variation that connotes sense of danger, maybe the stripes of the flag fraying or bleeding, etc. I would prefer some illustration that has an abstract or impressionistic feel, rather than overly realistic or photographic. Simple and elegant preferred over a busy design. I also would prefer the Author's name on top and the title below but not necessary if the reverse works better for your design, so long as they are similarly sized. All of the ideas above describes the impression I had in mind, but you are not limited in your design or colours or style. I am hoping to be surprised. So please let your imaginations run wild. Above all else, I am looking for something with texture, that's evocative, and makes me want to read the book inside. Final note, the menu options force you to choose one e-book platform. I chose kindle but I also plan on releasing in Apple ibooks and others. Thanks!
What to avoid
Photographs, images of people.
$529 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $399.
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.
locke2626 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!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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