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Book Cover Design for Compilation of Insightful Travel Narratives
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Publishing nonfiction books for readers from 16 to 116 years old
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What I need: A book cover (front, back, and spine) designed for Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas. It will be released as both a paperback book and e-book so I will need a 5.25”(w) x 8”(h) cover with spine and back for the paperback edition, while the e-book will just feature the 5.25”x8” cover. The design should meet Createspace’s specifications, and the designer should provide a pdf file for the print cover and another for the ebook cover. The book will be 294 pages, so by Createspace’s calculations, the spine should be 0.735” wide. Background about the book: The work is a compilation of travel narratives. You can think of each chapter as a story where the place is a main character. The stories narrate experiences such as diving 2,000 feet below sea level in a homemade submarine; entering an eating contest in Queens, NY; learning a lesson on aging from the street art of Valparaiso, Chile; and sharing roads with livestock in Guyana. Most places visited are off the beaten path. Audience: adventure travelers, independent travelers, armchair travelers, and anyone who wants to escape into the lives of other cultures, with a lively and sometimes irreverent author as their guide. Style: Original artwork/illustration is preferred, but photo-based designs are also OK. A comic-book style could work (not anime-style, but could be a take on 70s Marvel comics, for instance with Doctor Strange title lettering or similar lettering). Or the cover can have a graphic novel-influenced style. If you are going to use an image of an alligator (or several alligators), an illustration or abstract rendering is preferred, although a photo might work. The same goes for an image of the outline of the Americas (or a map of the Americas as a background element)—if you are going to use one, I would prefer it to be rendered in an artistic or abstracted fashion. I would prefer as few concrete objects as possible. I am looking for a more suggestive design. The cover should hint at a humor element (with a touch of irreverence) but it should not be the only tonal element. Here are some themes within the book to help you with the overall the tone: Reshaping one’s world views Learning from cabbies/farmers/musicians/drunkards Being both appalled and amazed by humanity Realistic optimism Accepting uncertainty To get a sharper idea of the tone used in the book, you can browse a chapter that was previously published in an online travel magazine: http://www.perceptivetravel.com/issues/0309/new_orleans.html Book covers I like: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/231522/elephant-complex-by-john-gimlette/ http://www.amazon.com/Pecked-Death-Ducks-Tim-Cahill/dp/0679749292 http://99designs.com/book-cover-design/contests/book-cover-design-slap-dragons-498377 http://99designs.com/book-cover-design/contests/unconventional-work-love-needs-face-492313/entries/39 (I like the title lettering only) http://99designs.com/book-cover-design/contests/create-cover-aviation-adventure-book-485244 http://99designs.com/book-cover-design/contests/bad-british-jokes-cover-dry-joke-book-bears-465178 (I like the rendering of the bear, but not the lettering) I uploaded a mockup of an idea that you might want to experiment with (mockup2.pdf), but please feel free to submit an idea of your own design. What I do not want: Suitcases, backpacks, passport stamps, or jets. Text for the cover: Breakfast for Alligators Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas Darrin DuFord Other cover details: You should leave space for a two- or three-line blurb that I will add to the pdf file later. Text for the back: A sharp-shooting SWAT team, a Venezuelan producer of alcoholic love potions, and an audacious subway rat are among the cast of characters award-winning author Darrin DuFord encounters in Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas. Through such mediums as public transit, cuisine, urban wildlife, and music, DuFord (author of Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama Without a Car, 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards silver medalist) searched for peculiar stories throughout the Western Hemisphere over a seven-year period. The result is a collection of insightful pieces that expose the desires and realities shaping the landscapes of a hemisphere, from Chile to Canada. From surviving a journey in a homemade submarine off the coast of Honduras to receiving a lesson in aging from the street art of Valparaiso, Chile, DuFord’s lively narratives show how travel has the ability to illuminate cultures while unleashing their bottomless complexities. Darrin DuFord is a travel and food writer who has written for BBC Travel, the San Francisco Chronicle, Gastronomica, Vice, and Narratively, among others. His narratives appear in the anthologies Stories of Music and Adventures of a Lifetime: Travel Tales from Around the World. He and his wife live in Queens, NY, America’s most diverse county. Visit him at http://www.OmnivorousTraveler.com. Cover design: your name Other elements for the back cover: An author pic (jpg attached: bfa_authorpic.jpg) should appear near the bio The logo for the imprint, Tilted Hat Press. A black version and a white version are attached (thplogo_backcover_black.pdf and thplogo_backcover_white.pdf). Please use the color that works best with your design. The logo will probably go in the lower left hand corner. You should leave a blank 2”(w) x 1.2”(h) space on the back in the lower right hand corner of the “safe” zone (per Createspace’s specs) for the ISBN barcode that they will add to the cover. In the upper left hand corner: the words TRAVEL—ESSAYS & LITERATURE These words should be in the same font as the summary/bio text. Also, you should leave space for a two- or three-line blurb that I will add to the pdf file later. Spine text: Breakfast for Alligators Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas Darrin DuFord Other spine details: The smaller version of the logo for the imprint, Tilted Hat Press, should be placed perpendicular to the spine text. A black version and white version are attached (thplogo_spine_black.pdf and thplogo_spine_white.pdf). Please use the color that works best with your design. The spine is 0.735” wide, so there is room to double-stack the text (title above subtitle) and still stay within Createspace’s tolerances.
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100% satisfied! Working with Kiawi has been a pleasure. She was kind, patient with me, and attentive to detail. She's super-creative and has a great eye for design. I would use her again in a heartbeat!
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