sgrufferman got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a bold cover for a mystery/espionage novel involving Chinese spying in the US
Check out sgrufferman's Book cover contest…
The Warring States' Conundrum
Seymour Grufferman, MD, DrPH, is an octogenarian epidemiologist who began his medical career as a pediatrician and went on to obtain three degrees in epidemiology from Harvard. After serving in the Air Force in Japan during the Vietnam War, he taught at the Gondar Public Health College in Ethiopia. He returned to the US for further training and spent the rest of his career in academic medicine, teaching and doing research at Duke University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of New Mexico Schools of Medicine. His research was on cancer clusters and the causes of childhood and hematologic cancers. He is retired and enjoys living with his wife and dog in the hills outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is the first novel in a Winston Sage trilogy.
When Winston Sage, MD, moved to Santa Fe to enjoy a peaceful retirement, he never imagined he’d get ensnared in a search for a missing woman that would almost get him killed and would change his life. A neighbor enlists Sage, an epidemiologist, to help find his wife who had disappeared mysteriously. She was a dealer in ancient ceramics of the Chinese Warring States Era and was mentored in this esoteric field by a nuclear scientist at nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. Sage and his wacko buddies embark on a bumbling investigation that leads him to suspect a connection between the wife’s disappearance and her Los Alamos mentor. His search soon attracts the attention of the FBI and the Peoples Republic of China. After Sage survives an attempt on his life by a Chinese agent, he’s taken into protective custody by the FBI and used as bait to uncover the long sought-after Chinese mole at Los Alamos. A surprising end leaves Sage disillusioned by the ruthless cynicism of the two modern warring states—China and the US.
This is an adult book primarily aimed at older people of both genders. It is for mystery and espionage fans. It might also be of interest to fans of Chinese archeology.
Book cover type
I have two thoughts on the cover design. One is a picture of the US and Chinese flags overlapping and furling in the breeze. This might look best on a red background. The second involves two jigsaw puzzle pieces, one with an American flag on it and the other with a Chinese flag. The pieces obviously do not fit. This might work best on a white background. Both might include a picture of a piece of Warring States pottery which I can provide. I'm looking for a bold, attention-grabbing design.
What to avoid
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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.
sgrufferman collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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