Are you about to publish your new book, either online or in print as well? And are you one of those unfortunate authors with no graphic design expertise to call your own? If so, this is the comp for you.
What’s the prize?
99designs is a community of graphic designers which enables you to put your design brief out to competitive tender. Basically, you tell the community what you’re after, and different designers compete to meet your brief. You are presented with various designs. You give feedback as you see fit. Designers refine their artwork. Then you pick the one you like the best.
If that sounds interesting, we’ve teamed up with 99designs to make it even better. They will give away a free Bronze Cover Design package as a prize. If you want to upgrade from Bronze, you can do so by paying only the relevant supplement.
Harry Bingham – Dark Lord of the Writers’ Workshop – used 99designs to come up with the cover for his recent e-book republication of The Money Makers and comments, ‘This was a much, much better cover than my original publisher designed – and I had total control over design brief, shortlisted designers, and design tweaks. It’s a wonderful way to develop a cover concept you can feel really happy with.’
What do I have to do?
Simply answer two questions:
A) Give the title and elevator pitch for your book in a maximum of 60 words. If you don’t know what an elevator pitch is, then we suggest you remind yourself.
B) Set out a short design brief (max 100 words) that will set out your vision for an attractive, saleable, yummy design. (This won’t necessarily be the brief you give you designers, because you can provide that at as much length as you choose.)
Give your answers by way of comments to this blog post. Last day for entry: 30 June, please! The Dark Lord, together with various senior henchpeople, femmes fatales &c &c, will choose the winning entry.
Make your book stand out
The truth is that this is a vastly exciting time for indie authors. Although in-store print distribution remains the preserve of traditional publishing, the e-book revolution (and, to some extent, the CreateSpace one) has made it totally viable for indie authors to publish themselves, gain a readership, gain respect and make money. Since a strong book cover is a crucial tool in any bookselling campaign, we hope this contest will get you off to a strong start.
Everyone a winner
In addition, 99designs have offered to create a Power Pack Upgrade for every design assignment launched by friends of the WW. The upgrade means that your design assignment will be be given additional promotion on the 99designs site, which means that more potential designers will see and be able to respond to your brief. In order to make use of that upgrade, please just enter your cover design brief using this link.
Any questions? Yes? No? OK: then give us your elevator pitch & design briefs and let’s get this contest moving.