justin.r.kinney got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Precipice - Book Cover for a Mystery/Suspense novel
Check out justin.r.kinney's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I'm an individual author. My product is a fiction, mystery novel I'm in the process of publishing (with the intent to author and publish more down the road). The target audience is adults. However, I do tend to steer clear of the typical "adult" content, with the exception of some violence, so it's relatively clean. I also weave some light religious (Christian) themes and symbols in my writing, though it isn't overtly religious in any real sense.
What's your vision?
I would like a book cover for my latest novel, something that can be used for both ebook and print versions. The title of the book is "Precipice." I don’t care where the title is located on the page—whatever best fits the design—though I would like my name "J. Robert Kinney" across the bottom. Also, I would like the author name to have a distinct font/logo/color scheme/etc which I could use as a brand for future books. This book is a mystery/suspense novel, so the cover should fit that general dark, mysterious theme/overtone. It also has some light religious themes woven throughout. A series of murders is taking place in a small town and a local government agency takes an interest, both personally and professionally, soon discovering that something bigger is going on than they’d originally thought. When I picture the book, I usually envision one of three concepts: 1. The first comes from the book’s title and one scene in particular, where a man is standing on the railing/barrier of a high bridge, in a light rain, considering suicide. So he is on a precipice, both physically and emotionally. The bridge is a car bridge in a lonely setting and the drop-off is pretty deep, such that he can’t see the bottom at night. The railing has a solitary, dimly-lit streetlamp that he uses for balance as he contemplates throwing himself off. In this option, the man’s face needs to be unseen, either due to shadows or the point-of-view angle. 2. The second idea I had comes from a different scene. One character is murdered and a photograph is sent to the police. In the photograph, you can see the limp hand of the victim, lying next to a small broken figurine of a dolphin leaping from crashing waves. In this option, this photograph is on the cover of the book. 3. The final idea I had comes from a scene near the end of the book. A man is shot and killed. And as he lays on the floor (in a gov't building hallway) dying, some blood drips down his arm and across a small cross tattoo he has on his wrist (symbolism!). A close-up of this tattoo could be the cover. However, with this one, despite the blood and implication of the scene, the book is a mystery, not horror, so keep the gore light. The above ideas are generally what I picture when I think of the book, but there’s a reason I’m not designing the cover myself so if you have a unique thought, I’m certainly open to other ideas as well. It just needs to fit the overall themes and follow the rules for name/title/etc.
I would also like a spot on the back where I can put a brief "Author Bio" blurb (and maybe a small photo).
$299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
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.
justin.r.kinney collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
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:
This is a YA urban fantasy/coming of age novel for readers who enjoy subverted fairytale retellings, revolutions, mermai
New homeowners in the USA Millennials Millennial couples (no kids)
NEED (quickly) AN AWESOME EYECATCHER COVER FOR AMAZING BOOK (trust me!) Be part of the show we are about to rock the boo
ENGLISH: Mainly for ladies/women, eventhough guys could like it a lot . But the main target is the ladies for sure. Ladi
Solopreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Small Service Business Owners, Coaches, Consultants