billS8 got their new book cover by running a design contest:
A cool book cover design for: The Rookie CEO, a GPS for aspiring CEOs
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The Rookie CEO, You Can't Make This Stuff Up!
Bill Miller is an executive advisor and consultant, speaker, author, mentor and coach who helps technology company CEOs and leadership with a structured approach to people, process, products and services. As a vice president and leader who has led virtually every major business function in the past 30 years in companies of all sizes from early stage startups to billion-dollar multinational companies, his experience can accelerate your business while guiding and coaching through the most difficult times.
The Rookie CEO book is a GPS for aspiring CEOs and leaders. It is filled with actual stories about 9 rookie CEOs from different backgrounds, who bring unique philosophies and leadership styles to their new role and that drives the culture of the company. The revolutionary framework introduced as PPLC represents the Path to CEO, Philosophy, Leadership Style and Culture and shows how anyone can become a CEO from any background and how they will lead their new company in their new role as a result of their individual PPLC.
This book is for future CEOs, investors, entrepreneurs, and people with the ambition to lead companies. The reader will learn from actual lessons about people who make the organization successful, what behaviors cross the line, what activities result in excellent and poor execution and what successful leadership looks like. The rookie CEO will be better prepared when these types of issues hit them head on and set the stage for success!
Book cover type
The goal of the book is to stand out on the Amazon platform as a small thumbnail as well as a 5.5” x 8.5” book as it will be offered as an eBook, paperback and hardcover print. I plan to use Ingram Spark for the hardcover. The book is about 24,000 words. The stories in the book offer ample opportunity for imagery on the cover. The favorite story is about a wheelbarrow of cash, as well as seven dwarfs and kissing a pig. These can be leveraged along with a rookie CEO caricature that can be attention getting and funny. These stories are true, educational and with humor. The reader should feel that they must have this book to fuel their future CEO career, to eliminate and minimize mistakes rookies frequently make, and utilize their personal PPLC framework to guide them in leading in their new role. Ideally, the cover will “pop” off the shelf or in the thumbnail online. I like bold power colors that grab attention of the potential reader to click the “look inside” button or “listen” for the audible (coming later) then buy the book! The most critical element of the design is to “sell” the book, not just have a cool design. I am open to image design to the points above using the true stories. I had envisioned the 7 dwarfs rolling out the wheelbarrow of cash piled high but knowing the copyrights it would have to be more iconic than the actual dwarfs. But I am open to ideas.
What to avoid
Not Boring Please.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
billS8 collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
boedishm won my poetry book cover contest. His design was one of over 200. His design won for it's legibility and clarity, interesting simplicity, and understated beauty. Not an easy feat! Very talented and easy to work with.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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