The cover is for a book in the crime/mystery genre titled: “The Murder of Henry VIII”.
I’m looking for a simple, clean, and bold idea, well executed. Nothing overly complex.
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.
I have attached a few rough ideas below which should give you an idea of the basic layout and overall vibe I am aiming for. Taking this further, here are some examples of the kind of book cover that the audience may be used to seeing:
As well as being stunning, the cover must also look great 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 blows me away.
The title font (and the arrangement of the title block) is for the artist to choose (the gun-like motif in the examples is not a requirement, but if you want to do something with this idea, please do).
To stay consistent with the series and the author brand, some of the font choices are limited:
* The author name and series tagline should be set in Gill Sans (or visually similar alternatives such as P22 Underground). Also in the example covers, note the red stripe over the “N” in Simon—this element should be followed through unless there is a good artistic reason to drop it.
* The back cover text should ideally be set in Garamond although the artist should feel free to consider alternatives if felt to be more appropriate.
It is probably also useful to know what will lead to unhappiness on your part. First, any hint of Tudor England (“ye olde English” typefaces, wood effects, and so on) will ensure the cover is rejected immediately. This is a modern crime thriller—it should reflect that we are in 2016.
While modern, this is not a techno thriller. Elements of techno (in particular “computer” fonts) will be swiftly rejected.
Excessive gore/violence is not required. The key here is subtlety. A single drop of blood could work—blood splatter will not. The tip or a gun/a wisp of smoke might work—an assault rifle won’t. The focus should be on the risk, not on the murder.
##Front Cover text
The Murder of Henry VIII
a Boniface novel
The Murder of Henry VIII
[CHP spine logo]
##Back Cover elements
The back cover text (see below)
[Coombe Hill Publishing logo]
##Back cover text
When the author of a book about England’s most famous Tudor monarch is murdered, Boniface realizes that handling the press and publicity for the book launch demands more than he expected. And when the man he is talking with is shot, then he witnesses as a third person is forcibly drowned, and he finds he is being pursued by a former Russian Special Forces soldier, Boniface runs.
He delays his death by trading the only thing of value he can offer his would-be assassin: details of a 500-year-old cover-up. The only difficulty in making the trade is that Boniface can’t prove what he knows is true—yet.
If he finds and hands over the proof, the murderer has no incentive to keep him alive. If he lives, Boniface has to explain the transaction for his life to his capricious paymaster.
Boniface needs to unwrap what the dead author found, figure out why he was killed, protect his client’s interests, and stay alive.
##Notes about the cover elements
The barcode has been created at 300 dpi and should be reproduced at 100% size (or thereabouts) and 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.