dransfield.44 got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Western Landscape for cover of trippy novel.
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Lost and Found in the West: An American Fairytale
“Raised in a garden in the woods of Appalachia.” Steve Dransfield is a war veteran and playwright who lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle and is based in Oakland, California.
A dystopian satire couched within a double murder mystery set on public land. It’s really about polarized subcultures and their intersection in America.
Students, teachers, activists, hippies, armchair sociologists, veterans, stoners, coastal elites, outdoor types, dropouts, Californios, Westernphiles, Native Americans, LatinX, African Americans, and citizen-voters at the fringes of society — across all extremes of the political, economic, and social spectrum.
Book cover type
Book Title: Lost and Found in the West: An American Fairytale Author: Steve Dransfield Publication Timeline: May 19 - June 2, 2020 Lost and Found in the West: An American Fairytale, is a dystopian satirical novel couched in a double-murder mystery. Set in the deserts of Southeast California in 2032, the tale is a low-dose acid trip through the California back-country, where numerous subcultures and governmental authorities vie for justice. One of the main characters and symbols in the book is a nearly full-size, adolescent female burro with a light cinnamon-brown and white pelt. The goal of the cover is to stand out on the Amazon platform as a small thumbnail, as well as a 6” x 9” book with a 9/16” spine. Both ebook and physical book covers are needed. The author’s concept for the cover is of a desert plain foreground with a front facing burro staring at the reader from just left or right of center. In the background, the desert plain fades quickly into a mostly flat layer of hills and mountains, at least two layers total. A sun is present in the sky above the mountains. A compass dial, or part thereof, should appear somewhere on the cover — it could be in the form of a sunburst sun with compass-like pointers radiating out from it, or preferably, that part of a subtle compass dial which includes the degree marks between Southwest and Northwest, and which includes a W for West, overlaid over the cover image at the extreme right center edge of the cover. The imagery should have depth, be generally representational with overall little detail, but can include limited surreal/abstract/impressionistic or distorted elements, or not. Colors should be about mid-way between pastel and bright, best described tonally as similar to those on a 1980’s sunset gradient circle graphic. Yellow and green must be noticeably present. Additional items: Imagery should be arranged so that a 1” x 1” QR code may potentially be inserted in the lower right or upper right quarter of the cover without obscuring important elements of the design. Also, the lower two inches of the rear cover should be of a solid color containing no detail, so as not to interfere with ISBN barcode placement by Amazon. Text on the spine must be at least 0.063” (1.6mm) from all edges. Please reference Project Red Zebra in your initial response to this design brief. Book Covers I Like (ish): The Bookish Life of Nina Hill The House of God Kim Jiyoung Born 1982 The Hating Game: A Novel The Giver of Stars Thank you. Copyright Steve Dransfield, 2018-2020. All rights reserved.
What to avoid
Photo realism, overly complex fonts, crowded layout, unaltered stock imagery, standard crime novel/noir imagery.
$549 Custom package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
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.
dransfield.44 collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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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…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
Recently completed contests:
Age: Broad, perhaps mid-teens to early 30s (but since my characters are all 21 or older, this would not be considered YA
Young readers ages 8-12, especially girls. Also, readers who enjoy animal stories, adventure and/or historical fiction.
Children ages 4-8
English speakers, any gender, any age, but probably not young people.
Female young adults.