It’s not everyday you announce a 6,000 km walk to the Holy Land. It’s rarer still you buy a rucksack and begin. In the winter of 2006, Anthony de Lyon did just that. Setting out with a skyscraper rucksack and a tent best described as ‘snug’, he made his way through Europe, Asia and the Middle East, navigating fifteen countries and the highs and lows of modern travel. Drawing on his travel diaries, ‘I walked to Jerusalem’ documents the sights he saw, the people he met, and the lessons he learned on that incredible journey.
The book is aimed at:
1. A Christian audience, for example those contemplating walking to the famous pilgrimage cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.
2. Anyone who likes humorous travel novels.
‘I walked to Jerusalem’ will be published by Azariah Books.
What I Need
1. A full paperback image (front, spine, rear) that fully meets CreateSpace (CS) specifications. The completed book is 346 pages, the trim size is 5.25” x 8”, and the paper will be cream.
2. An e-book image of the winning design that fully meets Kindle specifications.
Front Cover Concept
I’ve posted the back of the jacket and a few other images on the publication design board at: https://uk.pinterest.com/azariahboo…jerusalem/
I don’t have a really strong design concept in mind, though something featuring a guy chased by a man riding a donkey might prove amusing (as this happened to me in Turkey), or some idea featuring camels, which could be fun.
As the book is written in a light-hearted style (think Bill Bryson), I am looking for a light, fun, quirky and zany cover. I don’t think dark colours or sombre themes will work here. And I do not favour landscapes (no matter how stunning) populated by solo walkers with rucksacks and / or trailing footprints ...
Random facts which could be worked into the design
• 2 continents crossed
• 15 countries walked through
• 4 pairs of boots obliterated
• 6,000 km walked
• 251 days travelled
Countries I walked through (in order):
The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel.
Front Cover Text
Must include (without the bracketed material):
Anthony de Lyon (author)
I Walked to Jerusalem (title)
A Pilgrim’s Trek Across Europe and Asia (subtitle)
Anthony de Lyon
I Walked to Jerusalem
Back Jacket Text
The back text is included below. The font is open sans, which I’ve used in the book’s interior. However, I welcome other font suggestions. The dots that form the ellipsis should each be separated by a single space.
I’D WALKED NEARLY 6,000 KM TO SEE A JERUSALEM ROAD SIGN . . .
Few would argue that Israel holds a particular fascination for men and women of faith. But most aren’t going to walk there and put their life on the line in the process. Inspired by the pilgrimage of Dutchwoman Johanna van Fessem, in the winter of 2006 Anthony de Lyon decided to do just that.
So began a 251-day odyssey spanning fifteen countries and two continents. Trekking across Europe and the Middle East, Tony battled against dogs, clouds of flies and a deadly snake but was helped on his way by white-robed monks, a Bohemian nobleman, a speed-crazy Croatian farmer, practically the entire population of Turkey and the Russian mafia (who kindly made him a pork sandwich).
Sleeping rough in meadows and open desert, exploring Ottoman mosques and Crusader castles, robbed by conmen and stalked by terrorists, engulfed in storms, blizzards and suffocating heat, Tony struggled on, aided by gallons of cola, about 2,000 plasters,
hundreds of Good Samaritans, an innate sense of the ridiculous
and above all, an implacable will to seek out the Divine.
Jacket design by
I would like to credit you as jacket designer both in the book’s interior and also on the back jacket (with your permission).