ptdickinsos got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Animal adventure story for middle schoolers.
Check out ptdickinsos's Book cover contest…
A Mink's Tale
Tiffany Dickinson writes middle-grade fiction and adult fiction and non-fiction. A Mink's Tale is her second novel. She has had feature articles and fiction stories published, as well as winning awards for her short fiction. She loves coffee, pugs, and chocolate in any order. She lives with two pugs and a demon cat. They let her husband live there too.
Born on a fur farm in the northwestern United States, Malinka believes she and her kits are safe as they are well-provided for. When a wild mink is captured and brought to the farm, Malinka and the others learn the true purpose of their existence and determine to escape. This adventure story explores the themes of loyalty, determination, and the cost of freedom.
Boys and girls aged 9+.
Book cover type
I see a mountain or mountains in the background, with water (lake or river). The mountains can be abstract, say layers of color. In the foreground, I see a mink (dark brown) either looking toward the mountains (a side view is okay), with an open or broken cage somewhere behind her in the foreground. The message is that she has escaped from the terror of the cage and is hoping to make it to the freedom of that picturesque mountain. High detail is not necessary, but the animal should be clearly identifiable as a mustelid. I imagine a blue/green/brown color palette, with off-white for accenting. Maybe some pink in a setting sun sky (the main character is female). The file I've attached below is a simplistic view of the idea of a mountain range with a mink in front. I am not seeking a cartoonish look. The mink should look real, but it can be a silhouette as in the third book cover above.
What to avoid
I haven't liked the drawings of minks I've seen with their mouths open; it looks aggressive. I would also avoid any signs of violence: blood, injury, etc. Not cartoony or cutesy. It's an outdoor/adventure/life-and-death kind of story.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €289.
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.
ptdickinsos collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
I needed a book cover completed that had been started somewhere else, over a year ago. It was the most difficult step I'd tackled so far in self-publishing, until I found Susan.
She helped guide me, step by step, through the process of designing a book cover I could be proud of. I was astonished at how quickly she could present new and updated content once I provided her with my ideas and with her patience and diligence, we quickly completed a beautiful, professional cover. I am completely satisfied and greatly appreciate what she has done over a period of two days. I will definitely be using her again!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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