Starting today -- and running until the launch of my finished eNovel in October -- I'll be holding a contest for all you hardcore artistic-types out there.
What I'm looking for is this:
I want to get a professional-looking, eye-catching cover that I can use for the final digital and print versions of my novel.
Off to the side there, that's the cover I have right now.
Think you can do better? I bet you can!
The prize, which I'm still figuring out in its entirety, will include:
Full credit for your work and a link to your portfolio/website in the finished novel and, most likely, a cash prize.
I'm not all that rich right now, so I'll have to figure out exactly how much that will be, but I'll try and find some other cool things to gift you with as well.
Image-wise, I will need to hold the rights to the artwork for purposes of promotional use and for the covers of the Electronic and Print versions. Outside of that, all things are negotiable.
If you're interested, or know someone who might be interested, please feel free to share and participate. It costs nothing to enter and the final, winning cover will be chosen by popular vote and myself. (So tell your friends to vote in the comments section).
- Your cover must be in standard novel size (about 8 1/2 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide)
- Your cover must have a high resolution version available (300 ppi or higher).
- Your cover must be visually striking. Design the kind of cover that would make you stop in your tracks, whether it's if you're scrolling through a digital catalog or walking past it in an airport.
- Your cover must be ENTIRELY your own work. No part of the cover may be made from digital pictures that you do not own the rights to. If you do so, and are caught, you will be immediately disqualified. When in doubt, ask then look around -- or use TinEye (reverse image search).
More rules to come as they need to be laid out.
Send your entries to my email address (located on the right-side panel).
In order to help you with your designs, here are some facts about my story and my world.
Also, you can read the first 5 chapters here.
The Setting of the story: 404 is set in a post-apocalyptic landscape brought on by the total economic collapse of the USA. On Christmas Eve 2011, the USA suffered a massive cyberattack that wiped out Wall Street and attacked the country's nuclear reactors (amongst other things). In an effort to save their nation, the US government threw 'The Switch' and disconnected the country nation from the Internet. While this 'saved' their union in the short term, it pushed the country over the edge and into economic ruin as many American companies -- their funds and, in some cases, their livelihoods lost in the aether -- were forced to shut down.
The story begins in San Francisco, California - a place decimated by riots, where a great deal of the infrastructure has been utterly destroyed. Even things like cellphones don't work properly due to constant network congestion. Life is hard and gangs run rampant. Those who have jobs work for little more than safe shelter and food in their stomachs.
My tale follows Marco Temura, a young TV journalist working for the newly-minted MSFoxNET news team, as he's drawn into a world of fear and corruption; as he peels back the layers to discover the horrible truth behind the Switch, the perpetrators of the attack and the fate of the country.
Any questions? Feel free to ask away in the comments!