Stefan M Nardi got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create an ebook cover for a Swashbuckling fantasy novel
Check out Stefan M Nardi's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I am a self published author looking to publish my first book. The target audience for my book is men and women aged 16 and above who love fantasy and adventure fiction.
What's your vision?
The cover is for a pirate fantasy serial. Series Description: In a great age of piracy, two brothers set sail in a quest to find a crew and join the ranks of the pirate lords. However the brothers are far more than ordinary pirates, they are changelings that have the power to control the elements. But in a world full of magic, monsters and men with the power of gods, will they be able to survive. I have three possible designs in mind. Idea 1) A black cover with a rough white Edge (for a sample of the type of edge I would like see attached images of book covers). In the middle of the cover I would like it to feature a grouping of 3 skulls. The middle skull should be a Jolly Rodger (Skull and crossbones), the left one should appear to be frozen or icy and the right one should be flaming or on fire. Idea 2) A black cover with a rough white Edge (for a sample of the type of edge I would like see attached images of book covers) with the center to feature a Jolly roger with one side frozen and the other side on fire. Idea 3) A black background featuring 2 silhouettes. One surround by flames and the other by ice (some sort of wispy blue would be ideal). The silhouettes should appear to be dressed appropriately for the setting of the book. For an idea on the style of clothing etc see attached images of The Musketeers from the BBC show. You may pose the figures however you see fit, however a fighting stance (possibly one holding a sword and the other a pistol would be ideal. For pistol see attached image of 16th century pistol and sword would be rapier) The cover should also feature the title of the series 'Crossbones' with the subtitle Episode 1. It should also have my pen name Stefan M. Nardi all in a font suitable to your design. My series is a serialised fiction series that will feature 10 'Episodes' per season to be released weekly. This cover will remain the same for the entire season and as such should be able to have the episode number amended easily. Any questions please ask. :)
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at US$299.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
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.
Stefan M Nardi collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Communication went great, changes were always made within 24 hours and I love the creative spirit of this designer. I just had a general idea of what I wanted, but somehow the end result was exactly what I had in mind! Very, very happy with the end result.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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