Hello and thank you for offering to help me with the design an ebook cover for my forthcoming book on the English National Health Service.
I work as a surgeon and the book deals with my concerns about cover-ups, particularly involving an avoidable death. Having reported the death, I suffered a series of punishments which ended with my resignation. I had to leave my family and go and work on the Isle of Man, away from the NHS.
In 2018 I took the NHS to Court and won, although I still need to live away from my family for another seven years or so.
The book is called “whistle in the wind” to reflect the fact that I am a whistleblower. It is also an English slang phrase for a waste of time so I thought that it was an appropriate title.
The subtitle is:-
Life, death, detriment and dismissal in the NHS.
A whistle-blower’s story.
My name and qualifications are :- Peter Duffy FRCS MD
My favourite image for the front cover is found here;- https://www.istockphoto.com/gb/phot…-126406371
I picked this as I really like the clarity and the colours, which suggest calmness, authority and integrity. It would cost £20 for me to use the picture and I’m happy to pay this if necessary. If you could incorporate this image into the front cover, with a matching colour theme (blues and turquoise) for the spine and back cover then this would fit with my own ideas about the presentation of the book. I wondered if putting in the odd splash of red to contrast with the blues and turquoise of the picture might add a bit of drama and attract attention.
The spine would simply have the title and my name on it. I think that any more than this would be too busy.
The back would have the summary of the book at the top, with comments from reviewers below. I wondered if these blocks of text could be separated by, for example, a scalpel or other surgical instrument, with the colour scheme for the back again matching the front and being predominantly blues and turquoise colours.
I’d like to be able to adjust the back cover myself in order to incorporate any further comments. I don’t expect to change the overall layout but would simply like to be able to add and remove text as comments from readers come in.
As an alternative to all of this, I’d also be very happy to consider a completely clean-sheet design that goes away from my own ideas. After all, you are the media experts, not me! The theme would simply be surgery, healthcare and whistleblowing and, like all authors, I’d like the book to stand out and grab attention.
Please find attached a Word document with very crude thoughts for the front and back cover for the book.
The book will be marketed as a standard ebook
Thank you in advance for your help.