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.