I am looking for the first of three cover designs for a Paranormal Mystery Series in German.
Title: Der Teufel im Detail
Subtitle: Ein Highland-Hexen-Krimi
Author: Felicity Green
This is an updated brief and I already had some submissions with thriller covers. Please note that this is the wrong genre. The Highland-Hexen-Krimis are more cosy mysteries with a paranormal edge.
Please have a look at the Amazon.de ebook bestsellers in cosy crime. I also attached a few images.
Note how on most covers the image reflects the setting and the colors are rich and almost luminous. They almost look like paintings.
I would like the cover to feature a background and or images that automatically suggest Scottish Highlands. Landscape, ideally. The story is set in Tarbet on Loch Lomond.
Another idea is to go with original cover art or illustrated like the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novels. Especially if you want to portray the witches, see below. Still in brighter colors though. Not too cartoonish please.
Either way, the cover also needs elements that say paranormal, witches etc.
One idea: the witches wear a golden brooch in the shape of a pentagram, with the stylised thistle in the middle that represents the Highlands. An amethyst in the middle is the purple thistle blossom. The brooch could be on the covers.
No brooms, witches hats and so on please. But the witches wear a black cape with a large hood, faces not quite visible in the shadow.
If you portray the different witches on the cover - which I am not sure about whether it is the right way to go, at the moment I am thinking objects, but it might work - don't use photographs, go with the illustrated look, maybe even just showing the hair under the hood or something.
As it is important for me that the covers will work as a series, I will give you the information for all three books here, but you only need to submit a wrap around cover for Book 1. To clarify, this award of 459 EUR is for this one cover only. For the poll round, though, it would be nice to see front cover ideas for the other two book covers in series, which I would then purchase separately from the designer, once this contest is over. My budget extents to 459 EUR for the other two book covers in total. Please only submit if this sounds fair to you and if you are happy to design series covers and work with me long term.
Book 1: Der Teufel im Detail (translation: The devil in the detail)
Book 2: Der Teufel im Leibe (translation: The devil in the body)
Book 3: Der Teufel in der Küche (translation: The devil in the kitchen)
Author: Felicity Green
Book one features a magic tartan plaid that offers protection. The witch in it is a young woman with long dark hair who has visions and tries to save B&B owner from being killed.
Book two features a pretty witch with blonde curls who sells love spells and potions. She has a herb garden. She saves a young pregnant girl from her abusive boyfriend.
Book three features a slightly overweight red haired witch who can imbue objects with a special power, a magic cookbook and a private investigator who is looking for it. Cover could feature a cauldron.
Cosy mystery bestsellers Germany
Also have a look at my website http://www.felicitygreen.com where you can see my romantic fantasy series covers.