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Design a book cover for a historical novel
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Wanders Far, An Unlikely Hero's Journey, A Supernatural Historical Novel
No author photo or bio on book cover or back
Wanders Far lived in dangerous times and was faced with one difficult challenge after another. He was a skinny, quiet boy who was raised on the banks of a tributary of New York State’s Mohawk River, hundreds of years before colonists arrived. One lifetime was not enough for Wanders Far’s old soul. From a very young age, his wanderlust compelled him down one path after another. No village could contain him. He was happy living a simple life in the physical world during challenging times. The spirit world had other plans. A wise, enigmatic shaman mentored Wanders Far and helped him cultivate the supernatural visions that haunted him. His guide could only help him so far. He set out to become a runner, carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies. He ended up fulfilling a much greater destiny than he ever imagined.
Fans of historical fiction, westerns, and/or supernatural topic matters, like reincarnation, prophecy, visions, and extra sensory perception. Mid-teens to senior citizens. People curious about life in America before the colonists arrived.
Book cover type
6X9 Paperback. The words Wanders Far should be in the biggest size font. The words An Unlikely Hero's Journey should be located near that. The words A Supernatural Historical Novel could be smaller/much smaller. My name as author should be there, but doesn't need to be prominent-it won't sell books. If the cover did not feature the title character, it could feature black bear/(s) in the distance. There is a "great white stag" in the book, so that could be on the cover. There are many scenes with woodland waterfalls, so that would work. I have pictured in my mind a clearing in the foreground, and a game trail or herd path entering the woods from a clearing. All that said, I'm open to anything that feels like it fits and makes people want to judge the book by the cover.
What to avoid
It should not look like a romance novel, however the protagonist could and maybe should be shown on the cover-perhaps set in his environment. He should not look like a Native American from the plains or southwest region, but rather from the eastern woodlands. The book is Pre-Columbian, so it should not feature guns, horses, iron pots, or anything else that Native Americans would have gotten from contact with Europeans. The Iroquois lived in longhouses and sometimes stayed in wigwams but not teepees. Though it is a historical novel, I don't want it to look like it was written a long time ago. It should look modern, not dated, even though it is a story about people who lived 900 years ago.
$749 Silver package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at ¥32,199.
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