3 HOUR CRASH COURSE is going to be the brand of a series of books and audiobooks. The cover we would prefer seeing for this contest is the audiobook because this is the most important. This is a 2400 x 2400 square jpeg.
For this cover, the title will be Options Trading: 3 Hour Crash Course by Edward Day
Subtitle: Learn the proven income strategy designed for beginners and start trading in your bathrobe
We want 3 Hour Crash Course to be a BRAND and to STAND OUT. Examples of this type of book series branding include the well known For Dummies series but you can also find a series on audible called “quickstart guide”
Please look at these examples but see that Dummies is still pretty good but the original logo looks dated now, and quickstart guide looks cheap. 3 Hour Crash Course should look fresh, new, professional, and most importantly STAND OUT while also being instantly recognizable.
Please take a moment to go to audible.com and do a search for “options trading” also, “forex trading” or “stock market investing”, which will give you the same results… and I mean the SAME results. All these covers look the same. A “self published” looking font with some stock business image, often a bull or a graph or both. We’re going to need something different.
When you DO run across traditionally published books in the business category on audible (you can tell by their reviews in the thousands) they immediately stand out visually, even if they’re not very good. We do not want to look self-published.
Our brand will appear as a banner (or something easily recognizable) on every book. It could be a banner, 3D banner, some kind of stamp or badge, or just a recognizable font/logo combination or layout. Send as many ideas as you want and feel free to divert from typical business book cliches.
Since this is not a one-off book cover, some element of the cover should be able to be rotated out with each book. In the quickstart guide series it’s a simple illustrated image, usually not a very good one, but the idea is to use the same layout with something different for each book. The title will actually be different on each book so it is also possible to have no image for a more simplified look.
Quickstart guide seems to be playing off both the For Dummies look and also the very recognizable Cliffnotes look. We want to forget about all this and come up with something that looks like it was designed in 2020.
Ultimately, the two sizes will be Audiobook which is a 2400 x 2400 jpeg and an ebook which is 1600 x 2560. We can also hire you to do a back cover if we go with paperback as well. The audiobook is most important so please do at least the audiobook cover as the submitted sample.
Obviously there is a lot of room here! Feel free to submit all kinds of ideas! Go with colors people don’t normally use. We want to STAND OUT, LOOK COOL AND PROFESSIONAL, and BE RECOGNISABLE. Design a cover people will click on from the small thumbnail on audible.com.