The book size is 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches and is 252 pages.
This is the first book in a series.
I want the main character, Kym, on the cover. She is sixteen years old, has light blue eyes, light skin, and long blonde hair. Kym can do magic, and when she does, glowing blue spirals appear on the backs of her hands and work their way up to her elbows. Her magic is water based, so that should be represented on the cover in some way as well. Her clothes (dresses mostly) are made in varying shades of blue and typically covered in jewels.
Kym is a reluctant character, so she wouldn't be looking directly at the reader.
I would really like the "magical" elements to be really played up. In the book, all of the magic glows, and I would like it to be one of the main light sources on the cover.
I would like the cover to be dynamic (like the covers I have attatched). The magic system is very physical, and there is a lot of action in the book, so that should be represented.
I haven't had many thoughts on the background of the cover. One possible location could be:
"They stood at the top of a small flight of stairs that led down to a stone walkway, lined on either side by long pools of clear blue water. Torches covered the walls, but they didn’t seem to give off much light. A raised altar sat at the end of the walkway, topped with a little white box and illuminated by a spotlight from overhead. The chamber would have looked peaceful if there wasn’t a battle raging within it."
Other than that, I'm open to see what you come up with.
Kym spends a good chunk of the book fighting death demons with her friends. these took the forms of a giant, a giant squid, and a giant skeleton with wings.
I would like the cover to look drawn. I don't like covers that look too photographic.
I would also like something that feels original.
With all of that said, if you have an idea that you'd like to run with, go for it. You are the professional after all.