I am looking for both an e-book cover that I can later rollover to use for the softcover publication of the same book. So, I will need a file that will fit with both Amazon and CreateSpace guidelines.
Cover must fit with the Amazon & CreateSpace cover requirements.
Requirements for the size of cover art have an ideal height/width ration of 1.6, this means:
• A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side
• For best quality, your image would be 1563 pixels on the shortest side and 2500 pixels on the longest side (authors note: although I will use the 625 x 1000 image for the actual e-book, if you use any royalty free artwork, I would love for it to be be high rez, so we can use this design for the paperback edition as well.)
• Use color images when possible using RGB (red, green, blue) color mode for e-book.
Book Title & Author name must appear on front cover
The print version of the book will be: 5.25 x 8 inch soft cover (paperback).
I believe/hope I can create the paperback cover in InDesign myself if I have a large enough file to work with from the original ebook cover design.
Ultimately, the cover has to conform to CreateSpace standards
Virulent: The Release
The book is YA lit -- post-apocalyptic/dystopian. Book description:If you want to use the book blurb, here is it:
<p class="MsoNormal">Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most
incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise,
snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to
her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she
knows it. An unknown bio-terrorist group unleashes a virus that wipes out the
earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped
inside her high school to vie for resources as war, looting, and death wreck
havoc outside. Inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid
principal and their own emotional demons.
<p class="MsoNormal">What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a
search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her
life and her family.
Expanded Book synopsis:
Lucy King's family is about to embark on the vacation of a lifetime, but before she has a chance to get on the plane, she ends up trapped at school during the outbreak of a deadly virus: Which has been deemed an act of bio-terrorism from an unknown terrorist group. Classmates are dying right and left -- suffering from internal bleeding and flu-like symptoms. The are trapped in the school with megalomaniacal teachers, dying students, and a world that is crumbling around them. Lucy -- and her two friends -- must try to carve out a survival plan among the wreckage.
Because the bulk of the book takes place at a high school, I thought that the cover art could feature a long school hallway, with lockers, making the place look ominous, with a girl (her back showing) looking down to the hall, as if she's waiting for something bad to happen. She is blonde, thin, wearing jeans, and would have a black backpack on.
There is also a scene where the three main characters stand on the school roof and look out over a sunset -- which with all the smoke/chemicals casts an unearthly quality to the sky and the surrounding neighborhood, which is in a state of disaster. (Our main girl, a shorter darker-haired girl, a tall blonde boy)
There is another scene where the trio is huddled together in a dark classroom watching a glowing television broadcasting the events.
Themes of the book:
Good vs. Evil
Surviving in the midst of grief
It is essentially, your average YA jaunt through teenage life with a lot of death, blood, and angst. The virus is the crux of this book and the kids' fight to survive both the virus and the complete destruction of the world around them. If you have an idea for a virus-themed cover that you feel would grab attention, abandoning the school idea, then I say go for it. Many of the best YA lit covers out there are simple.
A few things:
I would like VIRULENT to be big and bold and the subtitle to be smaller.
I want it to look more realistic vs. abstract. I like the idea of the people in silhouette perhaps?
Please feel free to exercise creative license.
I'm attaching a few book designs of other YA post-apocalyptic books that I like -- just for a sense of the styles I am drawn to. (These are copyrighted designs.)
Designer will be given credit.