I have written three unpublished books. One of these novels (my first) has been short-listed for several UK / International awards over the last few years. A literary agent took it on a few years ago, but unfortunately all the mainstream publishers said it was too dark / niche-market, and so it was never published. I am currently in the process of self-publishing these books, and am about to finish a fourth book, which is more mainstream and I strongly believe will have more success of getting published, based on the extremely positive feedback I have received previously on my writing style.
A website designer friend has built me a website, and I am looking for an illustrator to create some pictures for four book covers. The intention is that the illustrations have a similar edgy style, so that when people see one of the book covers, they will identify the book to me, the author.
If you are interested, please send me a private message, and I will send you more specific information, but essentially the illustrations I am looking for are:
1) A Bowling Ball
2) A Crab
3) Two Prostitutes standing next to a lamp-post
4) something depicting an office/work environmment
In the meantime, I am attaching the draft homepage of the website that is being built for me, so you get an idea of the style and the area that you have to work with. I am not looking for detailed pictures, I am looking for simple/stylised graphics.
This is essentially opportunity for a new/young/un-established illustrator to get their work featured, and be involved in something that is currently small but could potentially become a much bigger project in the future.
Although I am unable to pay you anything significant at this point, if my fourth book or any subsequent novels are published, I GUARANTEE that you will be given first-refusal to provide the illustrations for these, and be paid per whatever the industry standard (I will put this in writing in a contract with you).
I have received quite a lot of responses on this.
If you are genuinely interested, please feel free to send me a proposed illustration for one of my novel book covers.
If I like it I will hire you to do the others, and also write a contract guaranteeing that I will use you in the future should my books become commercially successful.
As I said in my advert, I cannot offer much money - so the money at this point is really just a token gesture. I am a self-publishing author, looking for mainstream success. If I find this success (and based on the feedback I have had in the past from publishers and a literary agent that took me on previously for my first novel Bowling Ball, I strongly believe I will be published in the future with the more mainstream novels that I am currently writing), the illustrator I hire for this initial work will also continue to work with me. I guarantee this loyalty for you doing the early work for next to nothing.
The following are my novel titles in capitals, followed by a description of the image I want on the cover of the book.
1) BOWLING BALL
I am looking for an image of a bowling ball, but slightly more twisted than the one you can see on my website homepage
2) SIDEWAYS MOVERS
I am looking for an image of a crab, , but slightly more twisted than the one you can see on my website homepage
3) TALES OF THE GREAT PIMP MCDADDY
I am looking for an image of a prostitute (fat and ugly) leaning against a wall or lamp-post, smoking
4) I HATE MY JOB, IT SUCKS
I am looking for an image of someone sitting at a desk with a computer on it and water cooler in background (so its obvious it is office setting), with their head slammed down on the desk and a sharpened pencil going through up through their nose and out through the top of their head, and blood dripping down from the desk onto floor
I am looking for SIMPLE, outline images to put on the covers of each books. The key thing is that the images are similar in nature - there needs to be a common style across them. When the reader sees one of the books on Amazon, I want them to immediately think, hey, this must be another Escobar Walker novel, even if they only saw just the image.
I am looking for something SIMPLE, and slightly DARK and TWISTED AND SURREAL, as that is what my writing style is like.
The book covers are black, so I am looking for a SIMPLE white outline image, with a little red in each of the images. (eg prostitutes boots, blood from office workers nose, crabs eyes etc)
I am attaching the website that is currently being designed for me, so you get an idea of the covers, and the space in the middle you have to work with, and also the current book cover illustrations for the first three novels (which are just examples of the simple style I am looking for.
If you are genuinely interested, please send a proposed example for one of the book titles (preferably TOTGPM or IHMJIS as the are more complicated.
If I like it, we can move forward from there via the FreeLancer.com process.