I need a cover for a book I plan to self-publish in April or May of 2017. I’ve worked with some amazing cover artists over the past few years, but I like having several options to choose from. My cover contest for Trailer Trash went so well last year, I decided to go ahead and do it again. So, if you’re interested in submitting a cover (and being paid for your work), please read on.
(For those who are saying, “Wait! Does this mean you’re writing again?” you can jump back to this post for the answer.)
Now… back to my cover. 🙂
What I want from you:
- A mock-up (or as many mock-ups as you’d like to submit) of the ebook cover.
- I don’t expect this to be the final. I understand it won’t be highly polished. Watermarks are fine, since I don’t expect you to buy images for a proposal.
- It doesn’t have to be a photographic cover at all. For those who work in other mediums, I’m open to all possibilities.
- A bid. I don’t expect anybody to work for free. Please tell me how much you’d like to be paid for your work, should your cover be chosen. Your bid should include:
- The price of all stock photos needed (if any).
- Design of the ebook cover in several sizes, including one high quality image for print material, a full print wrap, an audiobook cover, and a Facebook banner. (Please note: I’ll only need these items if your cover is chosen. Your entry only needs to include the ebook mock-up.)
- Fair compensation for your time.
- While cost is obviously an issue, it is NOT the most important issue. I don’t necessarily want the cheapest cover I can get. Above all, I want a cover I love, and I’m willing to pay a fair price to get it.
What you’ll get from me:
- Payment for your work. I’ll pay via PayPal, half upon agreement, and half when the project is complete.
- Credit inside the book.
- A blog post featuring the final cover.
- A paperback copy of the final book, if you desire.
The fine print:
- No prior “cover experience” necessary.
- Enter as many times as you like.
- If your cover is selected, you can use the final in your portfolio, but it should not be resold to any other author. (This probably goes without saying, but it seemed wise to mention it.) If your cover is not selected, you’re obviously free to do whatever you like with it.
- Please feel free to ask questions! I promise, I’m totally friendly. I can be reached at email@example.com. (Or you can comment on this post.) If you need or want more information, please don’t hesitate to ask.
The book is called The Well. It’s a bit of a divergence for me in that it’s primarily a mystery. It has a slight paranormal twist, and a romantic subplot between two men.
The Well is set in a small fictional Pennsylvania town near Altoona. It involves an old abandoned house in the woods that’s rumored to be haunted, a team of professional paranormal investigators, and (obviously) a well. None of the main characters are described to any great degree, except that the protagonist is sort of bookish and wears glasses.
(There are no freaky clowns in this story. I just liked that image.)
The tone here is fairly light, kind of sad, a little nostalgic, and hopefully a bit creepy. This is not an erotic story. Naked guys aren’t really what I’m looking for. I’d like something with serious atmosphere. I’m looking for spooky, mysterious, and/or intriguing.
How to enter:
Send your mock-up and bid (don’t forget the bid!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “cover submission” in the subject line.
All submissions must be received by March 15th. Winner will be chosen by March 20.
If your cover is selected, I’ll need the final files by March 31st.
Because I’m the most indecisive person ever, I may share your entries with a small, select group of people (specifically, some of my Patrons on Patreon).
Or, I may not. Sort of depends on my mood and how conflicted I am.
Also, there is a tiny, tiny chance I’ll end up not self-publishing. It’s a very slim chance at this point, but if that should happen, I’ll let you all know as soon as I can and cancel the contest. (I’ll know by the deadline, one way or another.) If you’re planning to submit an entry down the road, and want to be notified in the event of cancelation without having to check my blog every day, just send me an email to that end, or you can leave a comment on this post, and subscribe to comments. That’ll be one of the first places I post, if I end up canceling.
I look forward to seeing your entries. Good luck! 🙂