After many weeks of cover snark, picking on classics and computer generated images, with no mercy for any publisher who dares tempt the wrath of Man-Titte, Candy and I, we are well acquainted with the cover that is resplendent in its badness.
And we are also familiar with the comment and the private email from various sources that all read similarly; to wit: “You want to snark on my cover? Let’s see YOU DO BETTER, Huh?!”
To which we said to one another, “Ok!”
And thus, a Smart Bitch Contest is born.
But this is a different contest, a contest with challenges not of the writing variety, but of the design variety. We know you’re good at the writing. We want to check out your l33t Photoshop skills.
So! Candy and I are going to provide you with the cover copy of a paranormal romance novel. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to design the cover for our novel.
Edited July 13th to Add:
Due to response, we’re opening our contest up to professional artists and amateurs in separate categories. So please make sure to tell us under which heading you fall, and we’ll have two slots of judging (and two sets of prizes, because we are Generous Bitches).
1. No copyrighted images. (We don’t want to get bloody suuuuued!) You can use stock images, or make your own.
2. You must submit 350×500 images, along with a thumbnail of 88 x 125.
3. You must submit your image in one of the three web-recognized formats (.jpg, .gif, or .png). No photoshop documents – they’re bloody huuuuuuge!
4. Your image must have the word “Savage” incorporated in the title or the cover blurb.
Prizes will be commensurate with the effort – winner, which will be tabulated by Smart Bitchery Vote, will receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com, and mad pimpage on our site if you have a website of your very, very own.
And now, your inspiration:
The Cover Copy
A Desperate Secret…
Chase Thurston Spencer Hastings V is a mild-mannered stock broker by day, but at night, he desperately tries to lock himself in his apartment, even as he wakes up every morning with blood on his trousers, fur clutched between his hands, and no knowledge of his activities the night before.
A Covert Operative…
Vaniqa Lorcet Valtrex is a princess working undercover without the protection of her kingdom, seeking the truth about a mysterious family of murderers who appear, strike, and dissolve into mist. She’s chased the rumors of their existence to New York, where she thinks she’s found the heir to their powerful heritage—and incredibly hairy feet.
A Perfect Opportunity for Love…
From her perch in a penthouse across the street from his, Vaniqa spends her every moment watching the mysterious man, waiting for her chance to avenge her best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend.
And now, The Smart Bitches Decree – Let the Games Begin!