Book Cover Design Brief
Design Brief: 'Gate of Tears'
'Gate of Tears '
James Marinero www.jamesmarinero.com
near-future techno-thriller blending bio extraction of minerals, the gold standard and the changing world order
with the political, military and industrial emergence of China as the world's leading superpower. With much of
the story set in the volatile Red Sea region, this novel takes a fascinating look at what might be just around
the corner... '
Themes (roughly in order of content weight):
The Red Sea,
Gold Mining (Australia and Alaska), genetic engineering, Royal Marines, Chinese Intelligence Service and Naval
Power, Serbian terrorism, Yemeni, Djiboutian and Oil politics (currently topical), sailing, Somali piracy
Maruška Pavkovic – female
Steve Baldwin – ex-Royal Marine, sailing own boat in Red
Charles Tobin – Australian owner of a gold mining
127mmx203mm (5x8) trim size.
No. of Pages
Paper colour: Lightningsource white stock
Lightningsource Perfect Bound Paperback
format eBook will be released later (diffferent ISBN).
Cover Design Requirement
sketches of 2 or 3 ‘design concepts’ and cost quotes to be provided for discussion.
colour front, spine and rear cover design files, appropriate for the genre.
Barcode and ISBN-13 to be included.
should meet Lightningsource template specifications and file naming conventions.
production files and layers to be provided to publisher on completion of assignment.
Availability 2 weeks pre-publication.
All files to be provided by email (or ftp download).
Publisher owns all rights, except third party images, if applicable.
Credit: a designer credit – name, plus website or email address – may be included on the rear cover. 8 point
font size max.
obvious basic requirement is to stand out from the crowd and capture the eye.
additional Book Cover Image (front+spine+back) at full size resolution 300 dpi in jpeg format for
cover to include ‘blank area’ for 3 x 4 line reviews. Reviews may not be available at time of initial
publication, this box will be used for Author pic and bio.
13. 650 px
front cover high image required for Nielsen PubData catalogue.
14. 1280 px
(height) 72 dpi front cover image for Kindle ebook version.
15. Author website to be shown.
16. Publisher website to be shown.
17. Spine to show Publisher logo.
Images for Design
Images to be used: None specified, other than rear cover author pic.
categories could include a naval ship/carrier, a yacht, an aeroplane (F35), gold bars, globe/location depictor,
Images to be
royalty free (see Budget section).
There are no
specific style requirements, beyond genre suitability. Many techno-thrillers tend to have dark colorings, so
some distinction maybe with blues/yellows (sea/sand) may be appropriate to offset any dark
Nice to Have
which works well for eBook formats, but the best design for paperbook is more important and
agreed, fixed, before commissioning. A separate budget limit for Images will be agreed as
All rights in the work to be held by wavecrest UK.
Prepared by: Phil Marks, Editor, wavecrest UK
End of Brief