The title of the book is: Duel at the Top.
The subtitle is: How lack of relational maintenance
can turn a strong duo into a duel
The titel should obviously be bigger than the subtitle.
look at the covers of my other books: http://www.lowette.be/nl/boeken/
It is a story describing two managers that started a company as a duo. but gradually their relationship turned into a duel. This book contends that the key to possibly fixing a duel at the top is to understand the quality of its foundation. How did the two persons first meet? What did they address openly, and what went under the table? Were there issues they were not conscious of at the time?
Not only is the foundation of the relationship a point of reference: Did they ensure regular maintenance to keep their personal relationship fresh, alive and adapted to the business challenges? (should you wish to have the text of the book, send me a message. Book takes 2hours to read)
I expect to see these two starting points of the story graphically represented in the book cover: the origin that was strong (but not very strong; the strength was an illusion) and lack of 'maintenance' and connection/communication that turned the duo into a duel. These terms may help you: poorly rooted, drifting apart,
I love utter simplicity and I prefer drawings over pictures (but I'm prepared to be surprised). I don't see laughing faces/shouting faces or noses in the same direction/opposite direction. Please find a graphical way to express the gradual change (these things never happen just overnight) from harmony to conflict; from together to apart; from connected to opposed/disconnected. Both duo and duel should stay graphically connected, showing the gradual growing apart. So no two separate scenes/representations: one for duo and one for duel. One should 'grow' from the other. Finding a good graphical representation for both the illusion of the good starting point (of the duo) and the neglect/lack of relational maintenance (leading to the duel) seems the biggest challenge to me.
Feel free to use colors to represent the gradual change from harmony to conflict. I want the colors to be different from my other book covers so far. For those who know about chakras: yellow is the color for power (and abuse of it) and green is the color of the heart and connection/contact. This is just a hint, no absolute must. Without explicitly saying so, this book is an example of the conflict between the love for power (yellow) and the power of love (green).