This is a chick lit novel, my debut novel, called Honeymoon Alone. I'd like front/back cover designed, I am hoping for pops of color, something inviting, warm, with slightly romantic undertones, but really that kind of free-spirited look that would lend to a story about self-discovery. This protagonist is in her late 20s, figuring out life, and this is her first real adventure, getting away from her overbearing nosy family, and going to London (as well as a brief stop in Paris) for a little time away. There's a love triangle, but I don't want that graphically displayed. I love the idea of graphical illustration instead of a photo but am open to all ideas at this point.
Lucy Gray, the protagonist, is kind of a girl next door type. She's fun, free-spirted, but not fancy, not posh... she likes jeans and sneakers, is a teacher, and has reddish hair.
elements that could be worked in include:
- tuxedo cat
-girl next door
- girl sitting on a suitcase
-the holiday season (caution here though, I don't want it to look like a Christmas book, but twinkly lights or something could be visually depicted)
I scaled back away from 'playful' and feminine as I want this to also have a bit more of a mature look to it (ala Emily Giffin) but the fun of Sophie Kinsella is also desired. I so far am not loving script/cursive type fonts, though I don't hate them either. I love clean sans serifs that have that kind of fun and open quality.
Cover designs by these authors should inspire you for what works well in this market:
Below is a cover I created myself for a book design class. I don't love it, but it's an idea for something I toyed w/ including colors/ fonts and tone. That said, let your own design expertise and imagination run wild. If I was married to this design/idea, I wouldn't be here. I'm no designer :)