We are releasing a book titled "Protect Ya Neck!: A Music Industry Survival Guide".
The cover (including the back and spine) needs to be simple and bold.
Something that will POP in Amazon's Kindle Store as a thumbnail and on the bookshelf.
The book is 5 x 7.
The spine will be about .50".
The book is a guide to succeeding in the treacherous music industry. It is about artists educating themselves about the business side of the music industry, how to build a successful team, and how to avoid financial pitfalls.
The imagery needs to tap into the concept of "Protect Ya Neck".
Vampires is the main theme.
It should be dramatic and eye catching.
It should make the viewer feel like they are up against a vampire, and trigger a "fight or flight" reaction.
The people should feel that by reading the book, they will learn key info that will save them from the monsters.
It is important that the book "pops off the shelf" and catches the eye.
The most important part of the design for us will be "does it sell", not "does it look pretty".
So it is important that it catches the eye, is very polished, very engaging and very interesting.
Contest is guaranteed and blind.
Note that on the back cover we would place the ISBN and the HipHopExec.com logo.
Attached is a mock cover that we liked, we want something like this, just way more polished.