What Andrew Old, the author wanted:
I’m looking for a cover for my book, Abraham Frost – The Cup of Jamshid. This is the first of a series of eight novels, all about Abraham Frost and his friends, aimed at children aged 12 years and up. The series is contemporary fantasy initially set in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia, and Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, but will cross the globe, travelling to locations such as Mount Olympus, the Pyramids of Giza, Persepolis, and the fabled Asgard.
The cover will need to work both as a physical print book (hence the blurb on the back, and ideas around what I imagine on the spine) but also as a thumbnail on amazon.com
CREATING THE COVER
First let’s analyze the order:
This book addresses children, so the cover should be adapted to their age but not childish. It is part of a series and therefore some branding should be done. And the cover should be still nice looking in thumbnail format.
In other words: no adult references, full of contrast, high recognizable design, detailed but not overloaded.
In order to get the branding right we wanted to work with replaceable elements? The subtitle of this book is “The Cup of Jamshid”. It was obvious that we would use a cup as main element placed on a reusable background for branding reasons. This background was formed with the Wheel of Runes together with particles and light effects to enhance contrast. This would give the book a more mystic appearance. It would also allow us to easily change the background color to any other depending on the subtitle. This way we could give every book of the series a separate and unique atmosphere but still keep the branding.
A lot of branding was done on the spine too. The series is about Abraham Frost, a boy with freezing capabilities and therefore we used an ice crystal as top icon with the name Abraham Frost beneath it. This will return on every book in this series. Followed by the number of the book in the series, the subtitle, name of author and a representation from the front element as icon on the bottom. This way you even don’t need to read the subtitle on the spine, you just recognize the book by it’s icon.
“This really is amazing work, I’m so glad I found you. I couldn’t be more impressed at the beautiful cover and banners you’ve made.
I’m extremely happy we teamed up!”
– Andrew Old –
Look at the book trailer we’ve created.
More about this book.
Want to know more about our book covers and other services? Visit our website.