Clayton Barnett got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Book Cover for the ever-expanding Machine Civilization Series
Check out Clayton Barnett's Book cover contest…
The Saga of Nichole5 Part One: Friend & Ally
A new android is sent by the Japanese Empress to the city-state of Portland (former Oregon, former US) to make friends and influence people.
Late teen and up; either sex.
Book cover type
1. Like my two covers and that of Jon Del Arroz's cover (see attachments), I like faces front and center; that's an immediate, emotional reaction by a potential reader. 2. I'd like the front and/or back covers to show two things: my main character and the story's location of Portland, Oregon. Please note that this story takes place about 10-15 years from now. 3. Main Character: Nichole 5 Clarke, a newly made self-aware android built by Somi Corp in Osaka, Japan. Her design has her looking like "a poster-girl for Irish Tourism." Seeming about 22 years old, mid-length strawberry-blond hair (usually in a ponytail), a small splay of freckles across the bridge of her nose, and vivid emerald eyes... to the point of glowing when she gets excited. In the story a friend of Nichole's draws her with a radio-headset on, looking like Winged Victory of Samothrace. 4. Location: in and around Portland, former Oregon. The novel is divided into three Acts; one is centered around DDG-173, Guided Missile Destroyer 'Kongo' which brought her from Japan to Portland; two is in and around the Lewis & Clark Bridge, some miles downriver; and three takes place at The Dalles Dam, some miles upriver. 5. There are six main secondary characters, but that would just confuse and clutter things. 6. While each of the three parts is centered around a battle, Nichole moves from strength to strength, learning about herself and the world around her. The tone is one of discovery and excitement, punctuated by some fear and uncertainty.
What to avoid
Nothing cartoon-ish. While willing to consider well-developed drawings, I prefer things as realistic as possible.
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.
Clayton Barnett collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
This is the second time I have worked with Labelschmiede. I invited her to this contest based upon her prior success but in no way favorited their efforts.
The designer was immediately one of the few to zero in on what I was looking for based upon my awful, hand-drawn sketch. As I told the designer, their win was based upon the strength of their book front cover; the other two finalists did yeoman's work on the background and back cover. Not to say that I didn't like Labelschmiede's back-ground -cover, but I don't pull punches in reviews. The other's were slightly better. But...
Front covers are critical: book covers are allowed maybe less than one second as potential customers use their thumbs to scroll past them, dozens in a minute. Labelschmiede not only hewed to my original request better than my top other two finalists, but did so in an outstanding way. Any, even the most minor change request, was addressed within hours, even though we are on separate continents.
I have worked with Labelschmiede in the past, now in the present. I have a trilogy coming out in the next six months and look forward to their work in the future.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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