Cover Goal: To stand out on the Amazon Kindle platform as a small thumbnail, as well as a Kindle eBook.
Imagery: Should make the viewer feel the book (and the author) is a credible source of hands-on experiences and inspiration to overcome trauma and find their happiness and live drama-free.
The Reader: Should feel they must have this book if they believe they have no way (or see no way) to improve their life, be happy, or overcome their traumatic experiences. The cover should “pop” and stand out, catching the eye quickly.
Most Important: The design sells. When people see my cover I want them to feel a connection to their own life and realize they’re not alone. I am open to images or illustrations you believe portray the message.
Words that come to mind when thinking of my book: Growth, freedom, breaking away, happiness, hope, release, rising above circumstances and truly living.
Preferences: I like a bold color palette with 2-3 colors (blues & purples are my favorite, but not have to’s). I like bold titles using bold fonts (resembling sidewalk chalk, spray paint, comic sans or child writing).
Imagery Themes from the Book: Walking on egg shells, sidewalk chalk, elementary school, trees, woods, owl, little girl with blonde hair & blue cat-eye glasses, girl in a tree, sky like thunderstorm, and sad girl to happy girl.
Some Memoir Covers I Like:
Chasing the Mockingbird: A Memoir of a Broken Mind
by Jean Lufkin Bouler
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
by Nina Riggs
Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
by Gunter Koschorrek
A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal
by Jen Waite
Bad Boy: A Memoir
by Walter Dean Myers
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
by Roz Chast