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Eye-Popping, Sexy and Smart Illustrated Book Cover Needed!
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We challenge you to create an iconic eyeball-popping, jaw-dropping, image-cover-poster for our sexy DimeStoreNovel. We are currently seeking funding to build out the online business, which would serve a specialized segment of the retail book space for both gay & straight readers with highly consumable books, fast page-turners, for a world with an insatiable content appetite for e-readers and mobile devices. In a bygone era, all genres of these pulp fiction tomes were known as dime store novels. They tickled our fancies and excited our senses, they engaged our imaginations, and became cherished guilty pleasures.
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Dear Designers & Illustrators; We’re looking for an original painted-look, wrap-a-round book cover like on the old-style dime store novels, one side had one story, flip it over and upside down and there would be a cover for another story. Except this would be for the same story and which has a book-within-a-book type scenario. The title for both is: ‘Lizard Leather’, the author is ‘Hellie Haldane’. This is a story about girl-girl-sex-romance circa the mid-1990’s.We want this ebook for Kindle and other ebook platforms as well as our site DimeStoreNovel.com and paperback versions in future, as well as for posters and advertising materials, so it has to be scalable (or scalable versions supplied). We want this to be a beautiful front cover that is desirable, collectable, and iconic for the resurgence of the dime store novel, reminiscent of the 1950’s and 60’s. Stephen King’s new novel ‘Joyland’ has this type of cover (example attached below). Gold Medal Books - ‘Women’s Barracks’ by Tereska Torres - is an old classic, similar in tone to this book and it had the flip around covers coupled with another story (Attached below). We want to pull the eyeballs and have fun with this project, test your mettle as an illustrator and show us what you can do! The main (front) cover would be the painted side with titles. Down a brick-lined alleyway, we see the central character, a dark-skinned (half white) Native American mid-20’s female with long, dark hair and bright green eyes. Slender, 5’ 10”-, wearing a burgundy sleeveless leather vest accentuating her cleavage and painted-on, skin-tight, black ‘ass-less’ leather pants with ribbed cross-stitching accentuating the side seams, tapering into a pair of alligator-green, Teju lizard leather cowboy boots (show scales detail on boots). She is the most beautiful woman you have ever seen—her eyes are on her prize, mesmerized. She has a gorgeous blonde bombshell (blue eyes) draped in her arms wearing a simple short summer dress in bare feet, ample alabaster cleavage exposed. The blonde is leaning away, teasingly, from her paramour while cradled in her (dark beauty’s) arms, her long, wavy golden hair framing her face with a seductive, sly expression, like she’s toying with her prey with her sensuality. There is an ‘Austin Nichols 101 Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey’ bottle lying on its side in the bottom right hand corner, its contents mostly empty. We see the name ‘Nichols’ and half the Wild Turkey label in profile. In the background in the near distance is a pretty, dirty-blonde 17 yr. old in tight tan tank top, blue jeans, chucks sneakers, her hair pulled into a ponytail, she is leaning on a white 1966 convertible Valiant with red leather seats, and looking pissed off (jealous) at the ensuing scene to which she is a voyeur. A book hangs from her hand, this book (same cover – smaller details). The title ‘Lizard Leather’ is at the top of the cover with the author, ‘Hellie Haldane,’ beneath. At the bottom of the cover is the tag line: “Straddle Your Life” in smaller, but not tiny, print. The back cover is the modern version: We see an iridescent, lizard scale-covered/en-wrapped heart – not a real heart – but the kind you see in tattoos, (colors: greens, golds, purples, reds, browns) with a blood-red lipstick with gold casing stabbed thru the top of it, the tip protruding from the bottom. Like a shish-kebob skewer or a knife through a skull or heart. “A Sex-Spiked Romance” reads the tag-line underneath. This will also serve as our logo. ‘Lizard Leather’ title at top with author ‘Hellie Haldane’ just below. We may change fonts around on our end once art is finalized. All art must be original, no stock images. Leave space for the ISBN. http://www.DimeStoreNovel.com. "An instant trashy classic!" Spine: Hellie Haldane Lizard Leather DimeStoreNovel.com ________________________________________________ For best e-book cover results, the (front cover only) image should have the following specifications: 1. JPG or PNG file format. 2. Portrait, not landscape, orientation. 3. Dimensions of 1600 pixels horizontally and 2400 pixels vertically. Covers with dimensions smaller than this will not be accepted by some retailers. This will be for an ebook on Kindle, Kobo, B&N, iBookstore, Smashwords, & others. Here's a great reference link for ebook covers: http://ebookindiecovers.com/ebook-cover-size-requirementsspecifications/ Trade Paperback (front & back covers) dimensions: 6” x 9” - though may be smaller mass market paperback: 4 ¼” x 7” Posters (front cover) dimensions: 24”x 36” Art has to be scalable or supplied in formats that allow sizing options. One last note; even though we want this to be smart, sexy, with a dash of camp, we want to be classy and acceptable for public viewing in the erotic romance marketplace. This story is many things; funny, serious, sexy, & spiritual.
Feel free to contact us to ask questions, offer suggestions etc. Have fun with this, We want everyone who sees it to fall in love with it as a work of art and make them to want to buy the book as well as the cover art poster to live on walls everywhere; dens, offices, garages, restaurants, bookstores, living rooms, dorm rooms, lofts....Cheers! DSN
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