navalmaple got their new book cover by running a design contest:
We need a full cover for our juvenile urban fantasy book
Check out navalmaple's Book cover contest…
The Power of the Pen
Bruce J. Belanger
Uprooted by her family’s sudden move, the happy-go-lucky Allison Hein finds herself in the village of Tobermory in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Mere days after her arrival, Allison and her new friends scramble to solve the mystery of several missing objects. At the same time, they stumble across a powerful instrument in Allison’s attic. A magical pen with the uncanny ability to literally write reality.
While written to be enjoyed by people of all ages, the book is generally considered Juvenile Fiction, a border state between the Children's the YA categories. With a most of the characters being female, it leans towards appealing more to girls. The story takes place in Canada and is written by a Canadian. Additionally, English is the only language currently available.
Book cover type
The trim size is 5.5" by 8.5". The book interior uses three fonts: Cutive Mono, Shadows Into Light, and Gochi Hand. All of these are available under the Open Font Licence. A big twist at the end was that whole story was written by one of the characters on a typewriter using magical ink, hence why the body text is in Cutive Mono. Consider incorporating that. The story in mostly happy-go-lucky, though it does have its serious moments. The total page count is 120 including unnumbered pages.
What to avoid
The story takes place in the modern day, so no high fantasy elements. Avoid the colour pink and any imagery that will make it appear exclusively for girls. Girls may be the main audience, but boys should also get something out of it if they give it a chance.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €289.
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.
navalmaple collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
BCD is an excellent designer who worked very hard to ensure that my book cover was the best it could be. It was a fun, collaborative effort and BCD always responded quickly and efficiently to all of my messages and suggestions. I will definitely be hiring BCD again for my next project and highly recommend him!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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