I'm coming towards the end of writing my first full book and I recently got to thinking about the cover. I intend to self-publish if I cannot find a publisher to take me on and if that is the case then I will need a picture to use as my cover. After a chat with Not Spavin I decided to put a request up here to see if anyone has anything I can use or can possibly shoot something that is suitable.
The story is a post apocalyptic effort based around a boy who is the apparent lone survivor of a devastating plague. He passes the time by wandering the lonely streets of his ramshackle home town by day and hunkering down wherever he pleases by night. The blurb for the book is below if that helps build a picture in your minds eye:
If you were the only apparent survivor of a ravenous worldwide epidemic, what would you do to pass the time and preserve your sanity?
A single survivor wanders a godforsaken landscape. It has been five long years since his life was turned on its head, but against all odds he continues to cling to life.
Every day since the plague has been a battle for survival. With no family and no companion he wanders the empty streets of his desolate home town as a way to pass the lonely days, his familiar surroundings his only reminder of a more normal time. By sticking with little deviation to a daily routine he attempts to retard the erosion of his sanity.
Growing used to his new existence, and never expecting change, how would he react if he knew that, just around the corner, another life shattering change awaits him?
I have a current cover but I feel I might have copyright problems owing to the fact that the artist (our very own mini-x2) used an image from the net which I can't seem to trace in order to ask for actual permission to use. The image is shown below, however, and might give you a few ideas for shots that might be suitable:
The kind of shot that I feel would suit ideally are either:
i) a shot of an overgrown and foggy landscape
ii) a young man with an over packed backpack walking along a run down, abandoned street
iii) a young man with an over packed backpack walking along an overgrown country road
That said, I'm hardly the most creative when it comes to photography so if you have a fantastic idea or can think of something that might fit better then I would love to see what you have/can produce.
You would, of course, be given full credit for the shot on the inside cover.
Hope you lot are interested enough to pop something brilliantly eye-catching up for me that might help me sell some copies and get your photography skills some exposure on the shelves in Waterstones!