I need 1 non-fiction book cover designed. This project has the potential for 2 follow-up paid projects, logo and book 2.
On the front cover, I need the title on the upper section: When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs. In the middle, author name in smaller font: Jon Peters. On bottom middle portion, I need the subtitle: Finding Happiness in Life's Changeups. On the very bottom, I will need it to read: Foreword by Kary Oberbrunner, Author of ELIXIR Project, Day Job to Dream Job, The Deeper Path, and Your Secret Name.
This book cover will come in 2 versions: paperback 5.5 X 8.5 inches (CreateSpace specs) and hardcover case laminate 5.5 X 8.5 inches (Ingram publishing specs). Their websites have the correct dimensions, bleed, etc.
Please use your creative freedom with the design. Having said that, I was thinking of using one of the pictures of me (attached) as the front cover and a pic of a baseball on the back cover, or vice versa. I have included several images for inspiration. This is a story of my life but is very focused on baseball since it was such a huge part of me growing up. If stock photos are to be used, it is best they are free or inexpensive because I do not want to pay high royalties for the books that are sold.
The AAE logos at the bottom are used for the back cover (Author Academy Elite) and Spine (AAE).
The back cover will have text. I will supply text when I decide on the final cover. The back cover and spine could bleed over the design from the front cover to create the feel of one contiguous image on front and back if you'd like.
NOTE: Feel free to use your creativity. Surprise me because you may be thinking something I am not. And, it does not have to include a picture of me on the front cover. Perhaps one that is on the back cover. Do as you feel necessary.
Here is a confidential overview of the book: People, places, things, money, fame, and success are supposed to make you happy. The more you acquire, the more happiness you experience. And with each year of your life, the more your possessions and happiness grows. It just keeps multiplying and it goes on and on. Top that with the status of being an elite athlete and you can simply conclude that life is great. It can get no better.
At least that is what society teaches and leads people to believe. Right? But what happens when you have all of those things and deep inside, there is a dark emptiness characterized by pride, fear, shame, and guilt? You are supposed to have it all together. People look up to you. They expect nothing but the best. And for so long you have given them just that. But in the midst of pretending to be somebody for everybody, you lose yourself—your true identity. Knowing all the while that something is missing and eventually, the façade will be coming down. It has to. You can’t keep going on like that much longer. And the more you hide, the more hollow your heart becomes. Although alive, you’re truly dead.
What do you do? And how can you find that missing link that makes everything okay?
When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs cuts right to the heart of the matter! It will lead you closer to answering the question, “What is it that truly matters?” But even more, it will challenge you to examine your true identity, who you really are.
Author Jon Peters was on top of the world—arguably the best high school baseball pitcher in the nation. Among all of his successes and accolades, his most prized accomplishment came in the form of a picture on a magazine. Breaking the national record for the most consecutive wins by a high school pitcher, he became the first high school pitcher to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. From the outside looking in, he had it all and his future appeared so promising. But the pages of his book told a different story. He was dying—emotionally and spiritually. Equally as tragic, he now craved physical death. That was his secret and he would take it to the grave with him.
You are only as sick as your deepest, darkest secrets. Being vulnerable exposes you to the potential harm and danger of what can be a cruel, judgmental world. But on the other hand, suppressing internal hurts and struggles leaves very little room for growth and healing. It’s scary to show your cards to the world. What will it think of you? Will it approve or not? And what if no one understands?
Exhausted and confused with why he could never find that missing, magical link, Jon turned to the pleasures of the world to fill the void. Though sex, drugs, alcohol, exercise, and food soothed his soul, those solutions proved to be only temporary fixes, causing him to seep further into despair and darkness.
During the wee early morning hours of that day in March 2010 when he wanted to end it all, the voice of light spoke. He had hit rock bottom and in his mind, he had run out of other options. He needed to either gain the courage to call it quits or do something to change. This time, he listened and he began to take action to change. A small flame of hope still burned within him. He would not give up.
Personal growth starts with self-examination. It is often difficult to accept who you have become and to admit what you have done. But author Jon Peters has been there and done that. And he is not alone. He has found the solution to what he desired for so long. He defines true happiness as a combination of peace, joy, and freedom. When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs will take you on a journey of the highs and lows of an elite athlete and what ultimately proved to be the game changer. Jon’s vulnerability in sharing his deepest, darkest secrets will encourage and inspire you to perform your own self-examination as you seek to acquire a life filled with abundant peace, overwhelming joy, and everlasting freedom.
You owe it to yourself. More so, you owe it to all of us who want to know the real you.
The words: Raw, Transparent, Vulnerable, etc. have come from endorsers. I was thinking of having those words on back cover scattered throughout and highlighted. Here are some without particular names:
"Jon Peters has written a raw and honest story about what it's like to be on top of the world, but to still feel empty inside. He reminds us that it's often in our brokenness where God meets us and offers us grace and redemption. You will find life, mercy and hope as you read each page of his story."
“Insanely brave and courageous! This book is not just about baseball, this is about life. A selfless act to be vulnerable with the sole purpose of helping others is remarkable. Athletes and parents need to read."
“When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs is a book that chronicles the life of a genuine high school baseball prodigy who has an athletic mountaintop experience only to fall into the deepest valley life can bring. It then shows the hope that can be found when he realizes no mountain top is enough or no valley can be escaped until we experience a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a must read for any athlete, parent, coach or fan. "
“Baseball players are human, too! Elite athletes are often put on pedestals with a tag to do no wrong. Because of this perception and the fear of public shame, some athletes hide from their true identity. It’s a shame but, it’s human nature. What many might have thought was the time of his life was actually a nightmare for Jon Peters. And he’s not the only one who has felt this way. Jon shoots straight about the way he was feeling on his way to becoming a national record holder. It’s just what parents and athletes need to read.”
“I had the honor of being a Business Coach and Confidant to Jon for several years. After coaching athletes, celebrities and influential people for two decades, it was quickly apparent that Jon’s authenticity and passion especially for kids and athletes was like no other. So proud and supportive of his message in this book.”
“Jon Peters says growing as a young pitcher was like being a snake. He got bigger and shed a skin every year. He got stronger, but on the inside he still had the same nature. This powerful story of soaring fame, (fifty one straight wins in high school) and the calamitous fall that followed, ultimately winds its way to greater glory from the inside out. It is a path that all of us must find in our own way.”
“How athletes are seen in the public eye is not necessarily who we really are. Jon Peters brings transparency to the intimate feelings and issues a lot of us struggle with.”
Jon Peters is a father, friend, coach, author, and speaker. He is no stranger to fame and success. The national record holder for the most consecutive wins by a high school pitcher, he was the first high school baseball pitcher to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. His passion to serve and help others is displayed through his energetic, positive, and contagious personality. He not only knows life, he loves living life. He resides in Sugar Land, TX and is often found at his kids' swim meets, soccer games, or baseball games. Connect at JonPeters.org.
NOTE: I will provide a better photo of me for the author section. You can make it gray if the bright blue clashes with your background. 9/27: new photos uploaded of me.