Ideally, I’d like an illustrated cover with no stock images. In my mind, the “ideal” cover would show the main character and his 2 friends, and would include one (or a few) of the images from the puzzles/riddles they have to solve.
The main character:
Peter - a grade 7 boy (12 years old, turns 13 during the story): Very “average-looking” kid. No glasses. Exceptionally clever. He loves games/riddles/puzzles.
The other important characters (2 of his classmates):
Nicola - girl - same age (12/13): Tall, and attractive for her age. Long hair. No glasses. Has braces.
Neil - boy - same age (12/13): Tall, skinny, funny-looking kid. No glasses. Messy hair. Wears over-sized T-shirts and shorts.
Here are a few of the puzzles/riddles:
**UPDATE** If you are just starting a new design now, I’d like to request one of, or a combination of, puzzles 1, 3 and 4 on the cover. (I have already received a lot of entries which show puzzle number 2.)
1. A room with a giant “chessboard/checkerboard-like floor”, where each square is 80cm by 80cm. (It’s 8 squares wide and 14 long.) And each square has a number “1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6” on it. The numbers are arranged randomly (They have to figure out which ones to step on to get across).
2. 3 identical doors, which are at the end of 3 paths (they walk through a forest to get to this puzzle). Only one is the right door. (They have to figure out which one).
3. A small room (made of bricks), with a huge pile of keys in it. They have to figure out which key opens the deadbolt lock on the door.
4. A “hall or mirrors” maze - the type that kids go to at amusement parks. It’s a maze of twisting paths with mirrors and windows. (They have to find their way through, but they have a time-limit)
There are many more, but I think these are the best ones for the cover.
I have attached a file (with examples of 4 book covers that I think look fantastic).
This is my first novel, and also my first time to use 99designs. I am very open to any and all ideas. Basically, I just want a “cool” cover. One that will make readers think, “Wow! This looks like a cool adventure book!”
If sales go well for the ebook, then I will publish a paperback edition in the future (when/if I do, I hope ask the same designer to help make the paperback cover). I have also started writing a sequel (which won’t be ready for at least a year), and would like to work with the same designer when the time comes for it to be published as well.