I would compare my book to the books Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica (a compilation of blog posts about his experiences waiting tables: https://www.amazon.com/Waiter-Rant-…256692/ref or Can I Keep My Jersey by Paul Shirley (a basketball player who blogged during his time as a pro: https://www.amazon.com/Can-Keep-Jer…495705/ref. Like those books, these blog entries are humorous while also being a part of a larger arc of how doing all this changed my life. The cover does not need to look like these books, I am just providing them as a reference.
I would describe the book as fun, funny, a light read, self-deprecating, and a positive story. Whether the cover incorporates some or all of those elements is up to you, but the cover should leave the reader feeling like this is going to be a fun read full of funny and interesting stories.
To give you a feel for the book, I am including a chapter from it describing one of my odd jobs. I am also attaching the table of contents (which lists every odd job I worked) in case any of these are things you want to allude to in the cover design.
Some people have asked for photos of me for their submissions so I have put a few up there and if you want a photo of me in a specific pose, let me know. BUT I WANT TO EMPHASIZE: the cover does NOT have to include a picture of me.
I am new to this process, so please tell me if, as artists, there are things I can do that would make this easier for you.
Spine and back cover (for paperback):
The front-to-back cover could feel like one continuous image or they could each feel like separate entities, whichever works better.
The book will ultimately be posted on Amazon, so the front cover should be an image that, when shrunk down to 100-150 pixels high, is still clear for someone scrolling through options on the website.
I intend to publish this on Kindle Direct Publishing through Amazon
For the paperback…
I am looking for one final PDF that includes the cover, the spine and the back cover all in the same document. The book will have a final trim size of 8” by 5.25” and it must meet the specs outlined in each of the drop downs here: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/t…G201953020
For the ebook…
I am looking for one final JPEG that includes the ebook cover.
It must meet the specs outlined here: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/t…G200645690
If you are comfortable doing so, it would be nice to also get the photoshop/adobe illustrator files in case down the line I need to make some edits. If you would rather not share those for some reason, just let me know.
Thank you for taking the time to read this brief and the time to make your submission. I look forward to working with you and am excited to see what you come up with.