I want a cover for my novel, ¿A quién odias, Dani? (Title is in Spanish because the book is, too. It means “Who do you hate, Dani?”). It is going to be on Amazon, to be sold as Kindle. I assume you know the regulations for a kindle cover.
The winning artist will receive credit in the book.
The novel is a social satire, with some magic realism (but it is not a fantasy genre). It criticizes today’s society. You can read a brief synopsis of the story below.
I have no specific idea for the cover, but I want it strong and vivid. I DON’T want a picture, rather an illustration (but not those that look like a videogame images, please). I want a creative way for the title’s position, not plane or square, (but this is really up to you). The cover must show the title ¿A quién odias, Dani? And the author’s name: JF Forero.
The illustration can be of the main character (a young guy, 21 years), his head and face cracking (upper side), like broken glass, that shows his inside empty or something like that, and the broken parts blowing like ashes (you can play with it, do something else). He is kind of smiling. His position is not facing straight forward, perhaps a little turned to the side (Although, this is more up to you and your creativity). You can use different colors, abstract images. This is just an idea. It can be something entirely different, but kind of shocking, catchy. I don’t want blood, neither dead people. I don’t want to show the main character transforming objects (it is a surprise in the novel). But you can show the notion of change in the cover. I would prefer you don’t use stock images. The file should be in JPEG. I would like as well a PSD with layers.
As I am not a designer I trust your judgment and vision from what you get from the story.
After poisoning a group of teenagers in a party, Agustin Diaz starts worrying about what he is capable of. He is a young guy starting his 20’s, studying in college, and really disturbed guy. Violent dreams get into Agustin’s mind, in which he sees people killing themselves or dying in horrible ways. His friends, strangers, people that annoy him; everybody is dying in his imagination. His head is filled with rotten corpses. That’s how he sees the world, and he wants to change that view he has of life before he becomes a monster. Following the advice of his older brother – Leo –, Agustin decides to fall in love. What’s the best way to get distracted and become vulnerable and silly? Fall in love. In that way, he can erase his dark thoughts and replace them with happy and ridiculous fantasies. So, he chooses Alicia – a classmate – to fall in love with. And when he really falls for her, to the point he can’t stop thinking about her, he finds out she has a boyfriend; Martin, a perfect tall handsome guy, smart and decent.
While he struggles to get the girl, Agustin’s life gets more and more complicated: certain things he touches change (this is the magic realism part). Paper turns into sand, metal turns into ashes. A voice within himself talks to him all the time (and calls him Dani, no Agustin, hence the title). An old professor, friend of his, is working on a mysterious math equation. His father doesn’t talk to anybody, but stays still sitting, watching TV all day long. Another classmate – Pablo – blackmails him due to the incredible gift Agustin has; changing things with his touch (Pablo wants to use Agustin to create valuable things for him). All of these situations get mixed to the edge of driving Agustin crazy.
Being in love, being a monster that transforms things, a monster that beats up men, being blackmailed, and wishing he could be Martin: perfect and handsome; Agustin’s life becomes unbearable. And then, he finds out there is another person with his same ability somewhere out there; somebody else who can transform things with their hands.
Not only Agustin’s life changes, the whole world will change too. And this is just the beginning.