I want an eye catching cover that will stand out on Amazon and Nook and Apple pages. The background cover is probably not as important as the text but a great image would be cool.
The image must be at least 2400px x3840px
Text on the book cover
John Sylvain (or "By John Sylvain)
The Space Elevator (Large)
A Bobby Blinx Adventure (Smaller)
Here are some ideas.
The space elevator is an enormous structure that rises from the equator into outer space. Here is a description of the view that Bobby Gets from the front of the ferry boat that takes him out to it.
A collective gasp shook Bobby from his gloomy reverie. He looked up and the rainy fog melted away.
The Clarke Beanstalk rose from the mist and climbed into the sky like the trajectory of some huge rocket that had somehow been transformed into a solid, permanent edifice. Of course, they had seen it from a distance - under the right conditions, it was visible from thousands of miles away. But seeing it up close like this was completely incredible.
Bobby should have been prepared. He'd read that the Beanstalk left people utterly thunderstruck. Scientists said that the thing, seen up close, confounded even the most flexible of human minds.
It was just so...
The Beanstalk towered until it vanished into the infinitude of space. Bobby stared at it hard, trying to comprehend and understand the crazy scale until his brown eyes were watery with the effort.
Beside him were his fellow travelers, all equally overwhelmed by the spectacle, and behind him was the mouth of the Amazon River, the longest river on Earth at 4,300 miles. Ahead of him was his immediate destination, Tsiolkovsky Island, the floating, planet-side terminal for the Arthur C. Clarke Space Elevator, which rose 20,000 miles straight up into outer space. The Space Elevator, which was nicknamed the Beanstalk, brought people and cargo into space without using giant rockets to escape the gravity of the Earth. It connected to a terminal that was locked in geosynchronous orbit directly above them. Things in geosynchronous orbit, which could only happen over the equator, went around the Earth at the same speed that the planet turned so that they stayed in the same place in relation to locations on the ground. The idea of putting satellites in this kind of orbit and then using them for communication was first proposed by a science fiction writer named Arthur C. Clarke over 160 years ago. Just a few decades after that, ordinary people had satellite dishes on their roofs getting television signals from objects that seemed to hover thousands of miles above them.
"Amazing, isn't it?" a voice whispered. Aunt Kiwi was standing a few feet behind him. She'd traveled on the Beanstalk several times before but she was still speaking of it in tones of hushed awe.
Bobby nodded, forgetting for the moment that he was supposed to be mad at her and everyone else in his family. As the ferry got closer, he could see Tsiolkovsky Island and the details of the Beanstalk. It wasn't a cylinder, it was more like a ribbon. One edge was only about 30 feet thick while the other was a quarter mile wide. Then it stretched up until it vanished into the hazy blue. Now that Bobby could see the bottom part, the scale was even stranger. It was like a skyscraper that was impossibly tall, but then never stopped being taller.
The fact that this structure, which was so obviously enormous, could shrink to invisibility put things in a new perspective. Bobby could get a sense of how small he was in relation to the Beanstalk, and then he could see how small the Beanstalk was in relation to the Earth.
And he knew that the Earth was a tiny part of a star system that was a minuscule part of a galaxy.
Human beings were tiny creatures!
This is what Bobby sees as he enters space elevator car 17
"Calling number 17 "a car" seemed ridiculous since the structure Bobby entered looked more like a hotel than a car. On the other hand, most hotels didn't travel into space. It wasn't anything like a traditional elevator car either, because it held thousands of people and there were beds and bathrooms and a lounge and a dining room. It was something like a car on a train if a train car was 200 feet wide, 100 feet deep and 60 stories tall.
There were 24 cars on each side of the Beanstalk and landing and take-offs alternated every 60 minutes or so. The trip up to the Old Station, which hung in geosynchronous orbit far above them, took a little less than two days. Each car was counterweighted by a similar car on the other side of the beanstalk that would descend as the first one went up. As the descending car fell closer to Earth, it would pull the ascending car up using what Bobby's father called "the world's tallest pulley." Additionally, the ascending cars were driven upwards by high-powered, microwave lasers."
So the cover could be of the first glimpse of the Elevator (nicknamed the Beanstalk) with Bobby in the foreground. Bobby is Eurasian with dark eyes and light brown hair and a husky build. He's 14.
Later on in the story the Earth and the Elevator are threatened by two asteroids. One goes toward the Earth and one passes very close to the elevator. So close that Bobby can see it out the window. Crouching on the asteroid is a giant alien.
"He looked at the window again. Unfortunately Car 17 seemed to be moving more into the path of the monster rock rather than away from it. It also seemed like the asteroid was coming faster and faster. In just a few seconds it would smash right into the lobby and crush them all into bloody pulp in microseconds. Immediately afterward the cold vacuum of space would extrude and freeze them into red, exploding icicles as the Space Elevator cable fell catastrophically to Earth.
It was going to really suck.
Then several things happened at once.
The floor tilted crazily and Bobby and Floo'eeg and all the other people in the lobby fell 20 feet as the far wall suddenly became the floor. At the same time the view out the window slid wildly across the surface of the asteroid as it loomed impossibly close.
Bobby was sure he saw a huge, six legged dog made of rock crouching on the dusty surface.
The asteroid slid away and the window was filled with stars."
An image that could capture all this would be amazing. I created something that kind of approximates it with photoshop that you can see.