This novel will be published on Kindle, so I need a cover designed that will fit within Kindle's requirements which are (according to the KDP website):
Requirements for the size of cover art:
• Minimum of 1000 pixels on the longest side
• Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6
For better quality, we recommend that images be 2500 pixels on the longest side.
What's the book about? I'm glad you asked.
The action of the book revolves around The Narrator, who's girlfriend is murdered at the beginning of the book.
The rest of the book covers the search for who did it and why, and leads The Narrator to meet up with deep-data expert who lives in a motel in the middle of nowhere.
Bammer - the Deep-data person - assists in showing The Narrator that the perpetrators are likely to be The Cult a splinter group of a para-religious society - The Movement
The Movement believes that we are supposed to be forgotten, and that the act of being so well remembered in the current age via all methods of electronic recording (facebook, online transactions for everything) etc means that the soul, after death cant continue on.
They believe the natural way of things is supposed to be - People live, then die, and hang around in an intermediate life where they act as angels (kind of) for their friends and family, until the last person that remembers them dies, then the intermediate soul can transcend to the after life, their places taken by those that remembered them.. and so the process continues.
A situation that can't work if we are so well recorded... our faces easily attributed to all of the things that we have purchased, where we have lived, how we have lived etc.
The book, however, is not ABOUT the The Movement, it is about the plight of The Narrator coming to terms with the motivations behind the murder, and the sickening feeling that there might be something to it all. Ultimately, if The Narrator is to ever see Her (girlfriend) again, The Narrator will have to set about erasing themself as well...
The Narrator holes up in Bammer's motel where they spend time sifting through search algorithms and dark and secretive forums looking for the key that, once found takes the narrator to London, and Europe in their attempt to resolve the situation.
One of the mechanisms that The Movement use to erase or change online image files (in police records etc) is to release a virus into the world wide server system that tracks a particular symbol, usually found on those murdered by The Cult's cause, once the symbol is found the virus latches on to the file and either deletes it, or so drastically alters it that the file, and the person become unrecognisable.
That symbol is two circles joined at the middle, (see attached file).
A key element that needs to be considered - At no point in the book is the Narrator referred to by name, or sex, or country of origin... so representing The Narrator on the cover as male or female (draped in a flag) is not ideal.
The book in essence deals with the haziness (and attached creepiness) of Big Brother-esque data recording, and what that means from a memory point of view.
Author Name: A.T.H. Webber
Book title: Erasure.
A draft of the movement symbol. For what it is worth. I'm not hell bent on having it on the cover, but I'm not resistant to the idea either.
Prelude chapter of the book.
Yes there are horrific grammar mistakes in it - THAT is why, somewhere, right now, there is an editor cursing my name (if you listen you might be able to hear their frustrated wails ... depending on the direction of the wind)