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Ebook Cover for YA Urban Fantasy, "Monstrous"
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Ebook cover (front cover only) for YA ("Young Adult") urban fantasy entitled, "Monstrous". The kindle book is currently for sale on Amazon.com (yes, I designed the current cover which is why I need a more professional looking one) where you can find the description and several reviews for more information: http://www.amazon.com/Monstrous-ebook/dp/B004VFNHKA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323318062&sr=8-1 Following the description below are links to a sampling of covers for other books that I like, though please don't feel limited by these examples; I am open to anything that is suitable for grades 6 through 12, preferably for both genders. Also following the description are the Kindle image formatting requirements. Book description: All Emma Draco (blond hair) wants for her sixteenth birthday is a normal life. The only problem is that she's on the run with her younger brother and sister, not for what they've done but for what they are--shifters born with the power to transform into monstrous creatures. Hunted by a fanatical order of modern knights, the Draco children flee from their Chicago home to the shifter haven of Austin, Texas. There, Emma is lured back into danger when she falls for Gabe (blond hair), a handsome young knight posing as a high school jock. When an ancient evil rises against humans and shifters alike, Emma must decide whether she can trust not only her monstrous nature but the heart of her sworn enemy. At sixteen, Gabe is already a better hunter than any other knight in the Iron Brotherhood. But tracking monsters across Texas requires the help of Cat (dark hair), a beautiful and treacherous shifter torn between loyalty to her kind and her hidden feelings for Gabe. What she doesn't know is that Gabe has a monstrous secret of his own, one that will force him to either betray his fellow knights or destroy Emma and Cat. Sample covers I like: http://www.amazon.com/Dearly-Departed-ebook/dp/B004J4XA2I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323312255&sr=8-2 http://www.amazon.com/Paranormalcy-ebook/dp/B003M68YT8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1323312354&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Fury-ebook/dp/B004IK98JW/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1323312461&sr=1-3 http://www.amazon.com/Clockwork-Prince-Infernal-Devices-ebook/dp/B004U7HSV8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1323312509&sr=1-3 http://www.amazon.com/Leviathan-Scott-Westerfeld/dp/1416971734/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323312650&sr=1-1 Here is what Kindle says about cover images: Kindle Direct Publishing accepts two types of files for cover images: JPEG, or .jpeg TIFF, or .tif(f) KDP applies additional compression to images when displaying them on its website. For best results, images should be uploaded with minimal compression. Dimensions Requirements for the size of your cover art: • Image dimensions of at least 500 by 800 pixels. • A maximum of 2000 pixels on the longest side is preferred • Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6 • Save at 72 dots per inch (dpi) for optimal viewing on the web Color Product images display on the Amazon website using RGB (red, green, blue) color mode. RGB is the color mode native to the web and many color screen displays, as these three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors. Use color images whenever possible and relevant. The Kindle reading device has a black and white screen today but Kindle applications for other devices, such as iPhone or PC, take advantage of color fonts and images. Borders for White Cover Art Cover art with white or very light backgrounds can seem to disappear against the white background. Adding a very narrow (3-4 pixel) border in medium gray will define the boundaries of the cover.
Because Monstrous is more of a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal novel than true horror, I want to stay away from any overtly horrific, gory or "monstrous" images such as werewolves, shifters, vampires, fangs, and blood. Dark, mysterious and even eerie are okay, but because the title itself is so overt, I think the other elements should be more subtle and downplay the whole monster thing. The same thing goes for the title font: it can be stylistic as long as it isn't in a font that looks like dripping blood or fangs. I am also not tied to the tag line, so feel free to eliminate it from your design.
$195 Bronze package
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