The main takeaways for the front cover: entertainment, big red letters, white suit, cross symbolism.
-Please see the attached images of Morrissey and Elvis to get an idea of the style I'm looking for. A theme throughout my story is entertainment and those particular red typefaces and dark stages really drive the point home.
-The main character should wear a white suit and stand on a dark stage (or a dark background) with his hands out to his sides—his body will form the shape of a cross. In this position, he should look upwards and smile.
-A subtle spotlight on him would be nice and might provide opportunity to cast a shadow onto the stage in the form of a cross. But you're the designer so if that doesn't fit right no problem.
-The televangelist is handsome in the style of Matthew McConaughey but a face isn't necessary.
-The blue highlights in the Morrissey image contrast nicely with the red letters. It would be nice to get subtle highlights on the letters or perhaps to add stage curtains (see Spine suggestion below).
-The front should be simple, not too busy or complex.
-The front cover can be somewhat abstract. A televangelist is obviously not preaching on a stage in front of monster red lights, but for his followers he may as well be.
-Again, those Morrissey and Elvis images really match well with the idea. Ideally you could recreate the images you see.
A method of smoothly transitioning between front, spine and back cover is needed. Perhaps dark blue (almost black light) curtains could be added to the front cover and reach around to the rear cover? If you have a better idea feel free to try it out.
The main idea here is that when viewed from behind the curtain, our televangelist has horns and a tail—the face he shows to the audience is not his true self.
-See the attached mockup. A view of the televangelist and his church from backstage. Stage curtains bracket the view. The mockup features red curtains but they can be changed to match the front cover if needed; however, red is a theme throughout the story so if the curtains change to a different color, please make the pews or something else red. The red should be subtle and deep—not too bright or vivid since that quickly becomes overwhelming.
-The televangelist is on a black stage and viewed from the rear. He should wear a white suit again (disregard the black image in the mockup). He doesn't need to stand in a cross position this time but if he is that's fine—the main idea is to show that when viewed from the rear, he has a devilish tail and horns which are unseen from the front.
-A television camera or two is good if you can make it work.
You are the designer so please have fun and feel free to work outside the box if you think that will better meet my vision. The cover is my idea but that doesn't mean it's the best idea. Also, the front cover is more important than the back so if the back is too difficult or doesn't flow just focus on the front.
I will credit the winning designer on my copyright page as 'Cover Design by' followed by whatever name you want me to use. I respect your work!
The book has a page count of 159 pages on trim size 5.25x8 and will be printed on cream-colored paper. Please use the cover template from CreateSpace. Please follow the CS guidelines for book covers, including CMYK covers and PDF generated in X-1a format. I'm sure you know all of this already I'm just trying to cover all the bases ;)
Good luck and thank you for your submission! I paint with words, you paint with hands—let's work together to make a phenomenal book!