Hi, I’m Ryan P. Freeman and I’m a fantasy writer. I’ve been writing for just shy of a decade now and have two manuscripts currently seeking publication. I’m really excited to get my first work out into the world because I really want my writing to inspire others. I’m a firm believer that imagination is the backdoor to the soul.
I need the book cover for my first manuscript, The Phoenix of Redd, Volume I: Rienspel designed. This will need to be for both physical and e-edition editions. And hey – if we hit it off, I’d love to see about having my second manuscript’s cover commissioned as well! While my first book will not be published until late 2016, I really want to be able to have all my ducks in a row – and this includes an epic, arts nouveau-inspired cover design. Rienspel is best categorized as a YA High-Fantasy similar to Ursula K Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earth Sea or J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. With that said, my target audience will most likely be teens to young adults who enjoy reading, history, mythology, and pop-culture. Similar works within my realm of literary competition will come from modern fantasy authors like Ursula K Le Guin, Neil Gaimon, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, and George R. R. Martin – just to name a few.
The tone or image I need to portray involves a sense of wonder, whimsy, and legend. My original inspiration for how the cover might look would be one which makes the reader feel as if this book is actually somehow actually from my created world in which the story takes place. In that regard, Stylistically, I would prefer a design which blends the arts nouveau of 18th century fairy tale with the wood-cuttings depicting scenes from ancient myth. I am also trying to avoid the overwhelming trend of e-books’ typical covers of some forgettable action scene or pair of moody main characters. With my branding in the past, I have used drawings favoring a range of fiery, colors and charcoal greys, but I’m ok with branching out as long as it furthers the autumnal, old-world theme.
My ultimate goal is for Rienspel’s cover to enchant and captivate readers. Thoughts like, ‘how did this even get here?’ and ‘will this disappear if I look away??’. I want Rienspel to be as successful as possible because from cover to back, it is a solid piece of good art. While I want people to fall in love with my story, I also want them to treasure the cover design, as a visual symbol of the magic between its pages. Invocative, moving, and eye-catching.
In the past, my favorite artwork has come from Deviantart.com, as well as various friends. My current Phoenix logo I am using for marketing originally came from a piece of concept art from one of these sources which is provided.
Thanks very much for your time! I hope this both works out and is fun for both of us!
Ryan P. Freeman