Friday, May 20, 2011

Here's Your Contest!!!!


(Above: New covers of classic novels by Ruben Toledo.)

Lots of great ideas! Thanks, guys. But as I was reading the suggestions, I happened to stumble upon this article in the New York Times about "Book Covers That Got Away." As many of you know, we've gone through a few different covers for The Eternal Ones series. I love the cover of All You Desire, but who knows? Maybe there's an even BETTER cover idea that's stuck somewhere in a blog reader's brain!

So, here's the contest. Design an alternate cover for All You Desire. You don't have to draw it. You can use a photo, scrap art, typography, collage, needlepoint . . . just about anything. (The NYT article linked to above shows a range of different possibilities.) The cover must convey the following:

1. That it's a dark, twisted romance
2. That it's for a teen and adult audience
3. That it's part of a series

(I almost required that you make use of the ouroboros. But I'm going to leave that decision up to you.)

Entries will be judged on their creativity and how well they fit the book!


All entries must be sent to kikistrike@gmail.com by 11:59 PM, MAY 31ST!

18 comments:

maria12245 said...

YES! YES! YES! I have the perfect idea.. but I have to work in the ouroburos. and I have to draw and scan it. Kill me now, technology hates me.

Anonymous said...

If it's my idea, but I have someone else draw it (I have no artistic skill) is that ok?

The 355 said...

:DDDDDDDDDDDD YES!!!! So little time?

Undercover Samurai said...

I'm so excited for this contest! I'm going to get started right away!

Kirsten Miller said...

Anonymous: Sure. It's the idea that counts.

Violet :) said...

Are we allowed more than one entry?

Toodles*** said...

THAT SOUNDS PERFECT!!!

MysteryJellyfish said...

Trying my best at drawing.. Almost finished with it.. just need to finish coloring

Holy Lucy batman! said...

Done and done!

Anonymous said...

yeek.

Anonymous said...

Do you have to color it? My sketches are pretty good... It looks terrible once I color it, though.

Undercover Samurai said...

Can we submit more than one entry?

Undercover Samurai said...

Oh, one other question: What color are Constance's eyes? I've been rereading the book, but the only thing I can find is that she was short with a blond bob.

Anonymous said...

My computer graphic design skills are similar to those of a deaf rat. Plan B is to do it in crayon (OK, colored pencils) and send Kirsten a digital photo of it (because I don't have a scanner).

Robert in San Diego, who does draw a mean Ouroboros.

Anonymous said...

I am SO going to enter this right after I graduate. Hehehe. That way I will have some free time and I will not be so stressed. >:)

Chloe said...

Kirsten,
Where would you like your name to be on the cover?? Do I need a back-side and spine cover design OR can I just send in a front cover design???
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous:

Kirsten's the judge, so just do your best on the coloring, I'm hoping she'll make allowances on the coloring too. I once saw some of Dr. Seuss's rough sketches and "dummy books." He was incredibly precise about specifying the composition of the colors he wanted on each and every page, but when drawing them, he just shaded and cross-hatched the colored pencils as a guide for the printers on where to actually put the rigorously specified ink.

Robert in San Diego, home of the Theodore Geisel ("Dr. Seuss") Library.

Alice the Elf said...

Those covers are really pretty.