I'm looking for a cover for my YA contemporary fantasy (the first in a series). The audience will be roughly 14 - 24+, largely female. I'm looking for it to be two things: dark, and pretty.
The novel is about finding the good in ugly things, and finding the awful in pretty things. I want the cover to strike that balance of danger and loveliness.
I'm open about designers using their creative initiative on this one. I'm interested in strong, sophisticated typography (see examples attached) and a cover that borders on the abstract side of things. The mood needs to be dark, but alluring.
Images that appear in the book include:
-ornate, old key
-a girl falling
I need the cover to be easily branded for the rest of the series, and I'd love to continue working with a designer for Book 2 and 3 (which are already written).
I'm happy for the typography of the title to be the main focus on the cover (without a main picture element), as long as it's eye-catching. In short, I'd like it to look professional and appealing, the sort of cover a young adult would pick up in a bookshop.