This cover was for my first book of teen fiction - and Estella created such an awesome cover, I absolutely love it!
- Alex Wagner
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Hues of Summer
James S. Holmes
James S. Holmes lives in Wellington, New Zealand. This is his first novel.
Crime novel set in 1920s London. Deals with themes of corruption, politics, prostitution and the detective's (the main character's) PTSD from the first world war. The main charcater is also homosexual (a fact which he has to keep hidden) though this is NOT an LGBT genre novel. The story highlights the complexity and hypocracies of 1920s society.
Fans of intelligent British crime fiction. Both women and men in English speaking countries. Age 20 plus.
Book cover type
What colors do you want to see in your design?
Im looking for something that gives the impression of 1920s Britain. England was struggling economically in the 1920s, but still had Jazz, new cars etc...the luxurious side as well. It must be moody, atmospheric and classy, something like black and white or perhaps a slight yellow, orange or sepia tint, hinting at the fact that the story takes place during the summer months.
I like the use of shadows and silhouettes (preferably, but not necessarily of people, could be objects etc). Although the main character in the book deals with the lowest of the low in terms of criminals he also has connections to politicians and the smart, titled set in their luxurious surroundings, so gritty and moody yet smart would be ideal.
It can be either photographic or illustrated.
Title should be somewhere higher than the author's name on the page, but doesn't necessarily have to be at the top of the page (although that is fine too). Amazon will put the barcode on the bottom right of the back cover so please leave that section of the back cover blank. The blub will be above it, but the rest of the back cover design is up to you.
NB. If you use silhouettes of people please use male ones, not female.
The paperback edition will be in the standard recommended 6x9 size.
What to avoid
The USA was much better off than the UK in the 1920s, and had quite a different style about it, so anything too American looking should be avoided. Please avoid cliched flashy 1920s style lettering.