A book cover is needed for our first release. The book is to be released as a serial with separate installments adding up to a season. We plan to utilize the same cover for each installment, with slight modifications to text on the title. This first release is scheduled for an ebook format, but may eventually be adopted into a print version.
Genre/Audience: The book is written for a new adult audience and there are uses of slang and profanity. The story has a supernatural theme and will be aimed at horror readers, though there are instances of humor throughout (think Zombie Land).
Typography: The title of the series is "Crawl", written by Evan Grant. It also needs to be communicated on the cover that this is "Season One" and have a spot open to list the "episode" as we're calling it.
Story synopsis: The main character, Adam, wakes up in his apartment extremely sick with no recollection of what happened the night before. To make matters worse there is a dead body in his apartment. With the help of his roommate, Jackson, he tries to dispose of the body and find out what happened to him.
Description: The main character is in his early twenties and is an avid gamer. He has an alternative appearance, and is somewhat scrawny (sickly) looking. During the story he goes through quite a few body changes. He turns into a creature similar to a vampire, but has power over pests (rats, frogs, bugs, etc.) and disease.
Cover Specifications: We prefer to have characters as the main focus on the cover (i.e. no landscapes, inanimate objects, etc.). The original conception for the cover was to have the main character in a hooded sweatshirt (face not visible) with an army of rats at his feet (think Willard). Given this is aimed at a younger audience with interests in horror, the theme will need to be dark.
Style: Illustrations are preferred over stock photo manipulation due to licensing complications, but we are open-minded and may accept the use of stock photos if it fits the audience we are trying to reach.
Kindle Direct Publishing currently accepts two types of files for cover images:
JPEG (JPEG / JPG)
TIFF (TIF / TIFF)
We apply additional compression to images when displaying them on the website. For best results, please upload your images with minimal compression.
The ideal size of your cover art must have a height/width ratio of at least 8:5 (1.6). In pixels, this means the shortest side should be at least 625 pixels, and the longest side should be at least 1000 pixels. To ensure the best quality for your image, particularly on high definition devices, the longest side of the image should be 2500 pixels.
Ideal dimensions for TIFF files are 650 x 1000 pixels. Ideal dimensions for JPEG files are 625 x 2500 pixels.
Important: We cannot accept any images larger than 10,000 pixels on the longest side.
Your cover image must be less than 50MB. Try to avoid compressing your files, as this can affect the quality of your cover when displayed on reading devices. Be sure to save your file with 72 dots per inch (DPI).
Product images display on the Amazon website using the RGB (red, green, blue) color mode or profile. RGB is the color mode native to the web and many color screen displays, as these three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors. When saving and uploading your cover image file, save your file ONLY as RGB - not CMYK or sRGB- for the color profile. You can usually find this option in the File saving dialog of image manipulation programs such as Photoshop.
Some programs may also refer to RGB color as 'True Color' in some programs. If in doubt, try opening a JPG inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. If a JPG opens fine inside a web browser, it's most likely okay to use as a cover image.
Make sure to save your image without color separation. This is usually a pre-press or color palette option. Use your image manipulation program or image analysis tool (some are available free online) to verify that your image file doesn't have color separation.
Use color images whenever possible and relevant. In addition to the Kindle black and white E Ink reading devices, customers can read your books on full color Fire devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC or Mac.
Borders for White Cover Art
Cover art with white or very light backgrounds can seem to disappear against the white background. Try adding a narrow (3-4 pixel) border in medium gray to define the boundaries of the cover.
Although, what we laid out above is what we had originally pictured; we're open to alternatives if they fit the story and audience.