Be creative! What we've seen isn't necessarily what we're looking for - so rather than look at what's been submitted, take a look at the ideas we've included below. We welcome your twist on these or other concepts that relate the message below. We plan on this being a NYT Best Seller so it cannot look self-published.
Clutter could be mental or physical. The design could be an illustration or a photo, but we don't want to focus on an individual - we want readers to see themselves in the scene.
We want the cover image to focus on the end result - the freedom, peace, exhilaration people feel when they know who they and what they're about. Tying in nature somehow might be good.
-->>Here’s one concept: (Look at "The Secret" for a starting point) In the background could be phrases describing the reason people come to you in the first place: I’m so stressed out! Where do I go from here? Is this all there is to life? I’m tired of pretending. Who am I really? Can God use me? Have I missed my chance? My life feels too small.
Those phrases could be faded but still legible. Then the Title takes precedence as a visual element. Maybe the paper is torn and underneath are the words of the subtitle.
-->>A Second potential: A woman in a beautiful setting (mountain top) releasing balloons that represent negative emotions: Distractions, Busyness, Expectations, Hurt Feelings, Past Mistakes, Broken Dreams, Exhaustion, Pretending
-->>Third potential concept: An image that represents the journey people go through to find their voice - a path, or climb up a mountain. Perhaps markers or landmarks along the way could somehow the idea of releasing mental baggage. That may be too involved for a cover... If so, the path/trail could lead up to woman with outstretched arms (as if embracing the heaven and herself for who she is).
Copy for the back of the book:
Praise for Finding Your Voice
“You may feel like your life is out of your control—that others, or your circumstances or past mistakes have already determined your destiny. I’ve learned, however, that you have the ability to improve your life by making choices that are authentic to your personality and your priorities. Joel’s book, Finding Your Voice, will help you tune into what really matters to you so you can make better choices and achieve goals that are meaningful to you.”
Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS magazine and New York Times bestselling author of The Compound Effect
“In Finding Your Voice, you'll learn how Joel Boggess turned tragedy into triumph and how you can use authenticity to become your best self. Reading this book is like having coffee with a friend who only wants the best for you. I recommend it.”
Mark Sanborn, Award Winning Speaker and bestselling author of The Fred Factor
"If you aren’t honest with yourself, how can you be real with anyone else? You can’t! That’s why, in his new book Joel Boggess guides you through the process of cutting away the expectations, past hurts, and
mistaken beliefs that are keeping you from being your best. Stop pretending to be what others want. Read Finding Your Voice and learn how to be yourself."
Mel Robbins, host of The Mel Robbins Show and author Stop Saying You're Fine
In Finding Your Voice, life coach and motivational speaker Joel Boggess empowers you to live an
authentic and more meaningful life. Using his own story of trauma, tragedy and triumph, he demonstrates that although your past plays into your present—it doesn’t have to determine your destiny. In addition to his own experience, Joel offers a number of real-life accounts of the growth and success his clients
have experienced. These examples bring to life the truths Boggess offers. Highly relatable and immediately applicable, Finding Your Voice will help you get back in touch with the real you and live your best possible life. From Finding Your Voice, you will learn:
* Who you really are, what excites you, and what you stand for.
* How to use past hurts to help and encourage others.
* How to discover your passion when life seems passion-less.
* How to identify and rid yourself of beliefs that may be stifling your voice and success.
* Why having a vision for your future is essential—and how to create one and make it a reality.