A book cover for my first self published book-- front, spine, and back for Amazon print-on-demand and and eBook cover for Kindle and other ePub retailers. The novel is titled "Masquerade" and is a general fiction/chick lit book. Some romance, but not really a whole lot. It's about the masks people wear in their daily lives to present a certain image and control what people think about you, especially as it pertains to being a celebrity and fame. There is, however, an actual masquerade in Venice at the beginning of the novel and I'd like some reference to that in the cover if possible... but I don't want it to be exactly like every other novel titled Masquerade out there. Do a Google search. You'll get an idea. There are a lot, so I'd like a distinctive/unique cover.
I prefer a more abstract look to the cover, also understated simplicity is better for me. I don't want a "messy" cover with a lot of elements. I really like the gold on black look, but I'm not stuck on it. The tone of the novel is very angsty and dark. It's not a romance, so I wouldn't want a stereotypical romance cover with two people mooning at each other. Venetian masks are okay to use. Something that portrays secrecy or mysteriousness is good. Another idea I had was an image of a camera with a mask or something reflected in the lens. Another acceptable image of a mask is anything having to do with the comedy/tragedy actors' masks. Really, I'm open to your ideas. These are just basic thoughts to start with.
Cover trim size (for POD): 5.25" x 8"(13.34 x 20.32 cm).
Spine size: 1.05 inches (420pagesx.0025)
I'd like a standard book cover-- Title and author on front, with back blurb on the back. This is not a series (as yet), so no other designation is needed.
PLEASE SUBMIT FRONT COVER, SPINE and BACK COVER.
Author: Theresa Butler
Publisher: Butler Did It Publishing
BACK BLURB (put this on the back):
Nothing's more valuable to a career in fashion than a positive public opinion, and most will stop at nothing to cover up their personal and private inadequacies to attain the perfect image. With ten long years in the industry under her belt, twenty-eight-year-old Emilia Wyck is confident she has perfected her act. Though the charade of such a double life takes its toll, successful personal assistants like her find ways to manage the stress.
Of course, that’s only until the night of a Venetian masquerade when perceived physical anonymity blurs the lines between truth and fabrication, public and private. Caught hopelessly unprepared for the attentions of a man with familiar blue eyes, Emilia finally realizes how impossible it is to distinguish the masked from the unmasked. Her confusion interrupts her life in a way she never imagined, ultimately forcing her to acknowledge the lies she's told herself for years.
Torn between desire and personal obligation, Emilia must find balance before her world becomes a smoldering heap of regret... and all without slipping back into the comforts of a mask.
More about book (do not put this on back cover, for your work only):
Emilia Wyck is an ex model and now works for London's top fashion stylist, Georgina Cavendish. She's bullied, overworked, and hates her boss, but feels she has to stay in the job to support her younger brother (who is disabled) instead of doing what she wants in life. Through the course of the novel, Emilia discovers that she's living other peoples' lives instead of her own because she wants to be loved. She thinks that's the only way people will love her, especially after her difficult childhood. The novel follows Emilia through the course of this realization after Georgina's famous actor boyfriend, who is also suffering his own crisis of identity, makes a move on her. All is not as it seems on the surface and she has to work through it to stand on her own as an independent woman without falling back into her old comforts.
As it turns out, Georgina's famous actor boyfriend is only in the relationship to maintain his image. Georgina, has threatened that if he leaves her, she'll leak false stories to the press to ruin his reputation and his career as Hollywood's top action star. In addition to this, Georgina cooked up a story about a false pregnancy that kept him close. The actor boyfriend is miserable in his pseudo-relationship and is searching for any outlet to be his "true self". He finds his outlet in Emilia, who allows him to take back some control of HIS life, because of her dependency issues. He genuinely fancies her, but because of the nature of their relationship, Emilia has difficulty believing in his true intentions. He's a playboy, after all. Ultimately, Emilia enjoys the attention, but is confused about his relationship with Georgina until Emilia figures out what's going on.
Emilia and the actor do not end up together at the end of the novel, but there is a chance for them when they meet in an epilogue 8 months later, coincidentally at yet another mask-themed event on Halloween. This time, though, they're in it with no pretense. He asks Emilia to dance, leaving his mask behind on the bar, alluding to his new outlook on straightforwardness.
Anything else? Need clarification? Please ask.