debswriting got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Jump on board for a new series of books on gothic historic trails
Check out debswriting's Book cover contest…
Art & Design
I'm an author and photographer, that publish a series of books that follow a trail of historic churches and cemeteries. My target audience are those who love gothic historical work. Especially cemeteries. Many are females.
What's your vision?
My book is part of a continuing series on Louisiana's Sacred Places that follows a poetic trail of historic churches and cemeteries. The title of the book is Spirits of the Bayou: Sanctuaries, Cemeteries and Hauntings. It is a soft cover, 6X9 inches, 256 pages long with 130 photos and 26 chapters. It's a cross between a travel guide and a coffee table book. The book follows a trail of history and mystery from New Orleans across the coastal bayou towns. There are 9 chapters on churches and synagogues, 12 chapters on cemeteries and most have very gothic scenes with above-ground tombs set inside trees with Spanish moss hanging from the branches. Then three chapters on hauntings along the bayous including the Cajun Werewolf, the Honey Island Swamp Monster, and the ghost of Jean Lafitte. One chapter goes into the symbiotic relationship between trees and people, along with new age burial practices. There's also the metaphysical force of butterflies and dragonflies and their connection to the afterlife. I want the cover to have a gothic bayou scene to attract my cemetery fans, but also need a chapel in there as well. Definitely want fog and the cover to extend from front to back. It can be black & white or color, surprise me, give me something that will really catch someone's eye, but I don't want it to look like a horror fictional book either. Something artistic, something beautiful, and most of all something haunting. I have many photos I can provide or you can use stock photos. But I definitely want a specific chapel to be used. And this will be an ongoing series with a different region of the state every year. So opportunity for future designs.
You can take a look at my photo galleries of my other books on my website, www.deborahburst.com. And as you can see from the last church and cemetery book, I am taking a completely different direction. I want the cover to be a reflection of the artistry inside the book, but a more gothic feel that involves the natural beauty of our bayous. I can't have the church sign show on the cover. You can use a faded partial of the church as well. Photos below are mine and copyrighted but you are welcome to use whatever stock photos you feel would be a better fit, this is an idea of what I had in mind.
$299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
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.
debswriting collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Incredible. Andrei is professional, efficient, and a master at his craft. He thoroughly nailed the brief and refined the final product intuitively and expertly. A pleasure to work with and an exceptional artist.
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