sans.emmert got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create a book cover for a fresh look at the mystery of the century - the Jonbenet Ramsey murder.
Check out sans.emmert's Book cover contest…
45 Pounds of Flesh
Early career in physics and product development. Later career in aging and cancer research with peer reviewed publications. PhD in Molecular Medicine from Penn State's College of Medicine. Took last year off to write a novel based upon my decades old hypothesis about the Jonbenet Ramsey murder.
Hot sex meets cold-blooded murder in 45 Pounds of Flesh, where compulsive love leads an aspiring screenwriter to bring a twisted script to life in a crime reminiscent of the murder mystery of the century. Damon was born of rape; a bastard whose adoptive father hanged himself upon learning he’d been duped. Guided by Mom's shrink through the pain of learning about his real father, underachiever Damon eventually falls into obsessive love with Kammy, a nursing student who’d rather be an actress. She had the allure of Brigitte Bardot in his Come Dance With Me bedroom poster, but proved more elusive. Sadly, la petite mort orgasms, and Damon’s dreams of making her a star in an imagined screenplay he’d soon write, weren’t enough for barely-legal Kammy, who drifts back into secretive rendezvous with J.R., a millionaire more than twice her age, who’d promised her an easier path to glamour—after he leaves his beauty queen wife. But one snowy night in Shreveport, Damon’s fight for Kammy ends with a miracle conception, and soon they marry, forever free to pursue their shared dream. Damon works construction and writes by night, while Kammy fills out acting-school applications—when she isn’t changing diapers. But Damon’s scripts aren’t selling, and one disillusioned girl’s night out, he discovers his wife and J.R. together again. By the next day his family had vanished. Fired from his job and settled back in with Mom, Damon’s pain rises to ‘la douleur exquise.’ Saved from suicide only by the movie version of Presumed Innocent, Damon one-ups Scott Turow to write his own Eye for an Eye revenge script, in which he brilliantly frames J.R. for the brutal murder of the man’s pint-sized daughter. But the pageant princess is spared by another miracle—Kammy wants Damon back. Reunited in a Santa Fe film-school dream life, the family is funded by Kammy’s inheritance from a mystery aunt in England. Damon applies his studies, and is about to cash in on his blockbuster script—until a new question of paternity arises.
Most likely demographic is young middle age women, or anyone interested in the Jonbenet Ramsey murder, which received massive public attention last year, even though a twenty year old mystery.
Book cover type
The overall mood is escalating darkness, as it's a psychological character study of the man who may have killed Jonbenet, a five-year old beauty queen, out of revenge over a love triangle involving her rich father and his wife. I have ideas for background images, such as a rare snowfall on spanish moss covered southern live oaks, and perhaps an image of a statue of the killer's sex goddess wife.
What to avoid
I want it to be somewhat shocking as the current ebook on amazon shows with the tied up doll, but not too literal, for example by portraying a real child. The fact that the Jonbenet murder actually happened, I believe justifies the shock value, even though my book is entirely fiction.
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.
sans.emmert collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
I am delighted with her vision and creativity. This is my first project and I didn't know what to expect. She was patient and helpful throughout our communication and guided me through the process. Her professionalism was appreciated and as a new author I was out of my comfort zone. I look forward to working with her in the future.
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