We are looking for a book cover for our latest ebook with the fantastic title (at least the first four words!):
Explorer, Consul, Soldier, Spy:
Sir Percy Sykes and The Great Game
by Antony Wynn
The book is about the life of an Englishman in Persia in the late 19th century (full description below) during the battle between Great Britain and Russia for supremacy in Central Asia. Sir Percy Sykes was an explorer who served at various times as an Ambassador for Great Britain and a soldier and a spy.
I'm looking for an eye-catching cover that it going to want to make somebody read the book.
Key for ebook covers is that the text is visible as a thumbnail but we have almost too much text here. I'm therefore looking for the words 'Explorer, Consul, Soldier, Spy' to be quite large with 'Sir Percy Sykes and The Great Game' running along the bottom somehow.
I'm looking for something colorful.
Options for the cover are:
1. A colonial gentleman with a moustache and a hat / Man on horse / some Persian motifs in background e.g Mosque.
2. A Persian motif e.g. http://bit.ly/VuH5cF or
http://bit.ly/ZtQrLp (but I think we can do much better than this with such a great title)
3. I think this is a boring cover but I like the way the text stands out: http://bit.ly/Se0gLs (Just an option)
4. This is the original cover (http://amzn.to/Se0q5f) but I think
a - it's boring
b- the text is not visible
c - we can do better
Saying that, I would consider a man on a horse as a background.
I do not wish to have to purchase any images.
Percy Sykes was sent by Army Intelligence in the 1890s, first as an explorer and spy, then to open consulates along Persia's eastern borders. His job was to deter Russian expansion towards India. Unpaid, he rode through thousands of miles of the harshest desert, marsh and mountain, often with his indomitable sister. When consul at Meshed during a very turbulent time, he bugged the Russian consulate and, armed only with diplomacy, single-handedly faced down a Russian attempt to annex north-east Persia. During World War, Wassmuss - the German Lawrence - incited the southern tribes of Persia against the British. Sykes, who knew everyone that mattered in Persia, was sent out to raise a regiment of local villagers to keep Persian oil safe for the Royal Navy. Sykes was no blimp. He hunted gazelle with princes, read Persian poetry, sat at the feet of dervish masters and got to the heart of the country. His 25 years in Persia, laced with humour and domestic detail, give an insight into Persia that is still instructive today.
I will chose the cover from this contest.
Many thanks for entering and good luck!