Song Quest cover contest

Calling all artists! If you enjoy creating artwork, either by hand or on a computer, then trot over to the Bookette’s blog where you’ll find a fabulous competition to design a new cover for Katherine’s debut novel Song Quest. The competition is part of a campaign to bring this book back into print for a new generation of readers. Prizes include a signed hardcover edition of the second Echorium book Crystal Mask plus other surprise goodies.

To give you an idea, so far Song Quest has had these two editions in the UK:

Chicken House
and this one in America

It has also been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Italian. The Italian cover looks like the Chicken House one with a swirly silver title. The Japanese cover is dark blue and moody. The Chinese covers (two editions - complex and simple characters) are colourful stylised versions of the Chicken House one and also have black and white interior artwork.

When designing a book cover, it helps to know what the story is about. This one is a fantasy quest to save the half-human half-fish merlee from ruthless hunters (which is why you can see mermaids on some of the covers, though merlee can be male too). The heroine Rialle has blue hair and is training to be a Singer at a remote island school called the Echorium in a world where songs control the wind and the waves. A villain called the Khizpriest is behind the merlee hunting and wields a staff of dark crystal. Fortunately, the Singers have five songs of power they can use to defeat him...

For healing sleep of lavender dreams,
For laughter golden and gay,
For tears shed in turquoise streams,
For fear, blood and scarlet screams,
For death of deepest midnight shade.
For these the Songs, five in one -
Challa, Kashe, Shi, Aushan, Yehn

To use these songs most effectively, five Singers must stand on the points of a pentangle or five-pointed star, while the person having song therapy sits on a spinning stool in the centre. But Singers can also influence people by humming them under their breath while speaking – the songs themselves are wordless chants, rather like those you might have heard monks chanting in our own world.

Inspired yet? Then get designing, because this competition closes on 8th May!


Alzrith said…
Hallo ma'am !! I have read about this contest in your blog !! Uhm, I just have few questions about it : 1.)I don't have my own blog to post my drawing for your book's cover.. so, I was just thinking if I can upload it on deviantArt and send the link to you... would you like that ? 2.)Can I draw your book's cover traditionally ?? You know, I cannot draw digitally but I promise I will not mess the drawing !! 3.)Last thing: is the title SONG QUEST shall be included in my finished product ?? Just asking...
You know ma'am, you gave me a great idea !! The first book I've read is Crystal Mask (2nd book).. it's a great book !! And, unfortunately, there's no bookstore here where your books are available and my family cannot afford overseas deliveries... The book Crystal Mask was a gift from my teacher last week...
You know, before I read your Crystal Mask(CM), I have a novel, too, about song school or something like that.. actually, I've reached chapter 10 on that before I decided to read your book.. OH GOD !! Great idea about Singers !! But I was conscience-stricken because I also have magical song school in my novel.. it is coincidental, BELIEVE ME, ma'am !! But my idea differs in terms of: I didn't use Singer to address the teachers, and my song school novel's plot will be mostly done in human world. Meaning there are two worlds in my novel. But I didn't use something like your Songs of Power.. just like, what you said,"But Singers can also influence people by humming them under their breath while speaking – the songs themselves are wordless chants, rather like those you might have heard monks chanting in our own world." And I decided to omit those in my novel...
Oh ma'am, any idea you can suggest to make my novel differ to yours ???
Reclusive Muse said…
Alzrith, The competition is being run by the Bookette - follow the link above to get to her blog, where there are more details on how to enter.

To answer your questions:

1) You need to email your design in .jpg file format to thebookette @ You don't need to put the cover on your blog, so it's fine if you don't have one (the Bookette will post the entries on hers).

2) It would be great if you can draw the cover!

3) The Muse thinks you should include the book title (and also Katherine's name) as part of the design, though you could ask the Bookette what she thinks.

Have fun!

PS And don't worry too much about your novel... many fantasy books use songs as magic. Your characters and setting will make it different.