The book is about mixing music and music production for home studio musicians. It has a lot of easy to read tips they can use right away. My style of writing is conversational, funny and easy to read. I don't take myself too seriously and I want the book cover to convey that it can be fun and easy to mix drums.
The three things this cover needs to convey is
1. Productivity and saving time
The book is called Better Mixes in Less Time: Productivity Playbook so something that incorporates both time, being efficient and effective, saving time etc....
Off the top of my head I can think of things like clocks, watches, checklists, calendars, dates etc but also things related to audio: mixing board, Equalizer, music software, colorful waveforms, compressors, reverb, delay, saturation etc...
The subtitle is basically what I want to help them do. They are having a hard time finding time to become better mixing engineers and what I teach them inside will help them organize themselves to create more mixes in less time.
I want a cool, cartoonish style cover that catches the eye and looks unique. Please see my previous ebook covers on Amazon Author Central so that you can get a feel for what kind of style I like:
Also, this eBook will also be included as a bonus as a part of Quick Mixing (http://www.QuickMixing.com) and you can see the current, low-budget cover on that page.
Check out other products and my website at http://www.audio-issues.com/products so see the different product designs I've had in the past.
Check out my past contests for what I like to see in a design:
A few things regarding the design:
1. I will be selling this book on Amazon so people need to see immediately what the book is about through the title AND subtitle when they're browsing.
2. I've already chosen a few cover ideas for the brief but Steve Scott's covers are a great example of when the title/subtitle really stand out in the design and are readable. See multiple examples in my previous book contest: https://99designs.com/book-cover-de…0595/brief
Also, Steve Scott's author bio has more cover ideas: https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Scott/…8NFKNM/ref
Please browse his catalog of books to see how he structures his title/subtitle and design. Simplicity in the background image is probably best then but I'm also open to creative ideas.
3. Amazon shrinks book covers all the way down to 90 pixels in width in certain places. It is very important that you can still read the title AND subtitle at this size.
4. My previous eBooks have great covers that have the "fun" "interesting" "different" and "unique" design that I'm looking for.
Please remember that it's most important to emphasize both the title AND subtitle in addition to having a cool image to convey the subject matter :)
I'm attaching files and examples from my previous contests and branding materials so you can see what the overall brand feels like.