The cover is for a book in the crime/mystery genre and is titled: “High Five”.
The lead character is a female in her early 20s. The content of the book tends toward dark—but not excessively dark. A dark green/dark blue/gray cover (rather than black) hue may work well in this context (and for the books to follow in the series).
To give an idea of the kind of book cover that the audience may be used to seeing, here are some examples:
The cover must also work as a thumbnail (say 100px). At the small scale, the title and author name must be clear.
There are hints/suggestions/preferences here. Please feel free to ignore everything I have said if your idea can blow me away.
##Front Cover text
a Montbretia Armstrong novella
##Spine [if there is space]
[CHP spine logo]
##Back Cover elements
The back cover text (see below)
[Coombe Hill Publishing logo]
##Back cover text
Montbretia was there; she saw what happened. The pickpocket went down, but that wasn’t enough to stop Curtis’s fists from flying. And when she pulled Curtis away, the other guy just laid on the side of the street. Inert. Barely breathing.
Now the victim’s comrades—who have seen their friend grievously wounded and have lost their source of income—want to talk with Curtis. But the only person they can find is Montbretia, and they aren’t sure whether she’s telling the truth when she says she doesn’t know where Curtis has gone.
Maybe she does know. Maybe she can contact Curtis. Maybe she’s the leverage the gang needs to force Curtis to meet them. Or maybe Curtis really has gone, and Montbretia will be a pretty little trinket for them to enjoy.
Montbretia is on her own—caught in a tussle between Curtis and the gang—and she needs to take her life back.
#Notes about the cover elements
This book is a novella (about 100 or so pages), if the text and/or logo doesn’t fit on the spine, then the artist should use their initiative, and if the artist chooses, I am happy for there to be nothing on the spine.
The barcode has been created at 300 dpi and should be reproduced at 100% size (or thereabouts). It must remain as black bars on a white background. The barcode should be located toward the bottom-right of the back cover.
The two publisher logos can be sized as the artist sees fit, and equally the artist is free to adjust the colors of these logos to fit with the theme. The “wide” publisher logo should be located toward the bottom-left of the back cover.