What They Don’t Teach Teens cover spec
Title: What They Don’t Teach Teens
Subtitle: A Life Skills Playbook for Today’s Teens … and the Adults Who Care for Them
Author: Jonathan Cristall, Esq.
Trim Size: 5.25 inches by 8 inches
What They Don’t Teach Teens is a book about modern-day life skills, written for teenagers and their parents. What makes this book different and special is that it focuses on digital-age dangers to teens that parents aren’t aware of—modern problems such as sexting, online safety, cyberbullying, data privacy, and more. The author is a prosecutor who has worked extensively with at-risk youth.
The book has three audiences, in descending order of importance: 1) parents of teens; 2) schools and other institutions that serve teens; and 3) teens themselves.
We’d like the overall mood for this cover to convey a sense of warning, unknown dangers, and a high level of emotional urgency about dealing with these dangers. Most of this book is about problems that are unfamiliar to parents because they simply didn’t exist when the parents were younger, such as social media safety and changing standards of behavior. We’d like the cover to convey a clear sense of danger, but also trust in the professional authority and knowledge of the author. The overall message should be “The modern world is a scary place full of unrecognized dangers, but here is a reliable guide that will keep your children safe.”
While the book is about and partially for teens, we anticipate that most buyers will be parents, so the cover should look serious and not be off-putting to people over 35.
We have no specific ideas for what the cover image should be, and we would encourage being creative with the presentation. However, if possible, there are a number of key phrases that we would like to have incorporated in the cover design:
1. digital citizenship
2. personal safety
3. safer police interactions
4. unlawful sexting
5. sexual consent
7. situational awareness
9. revenge porn
10. digital footprint
11. sexual harassment prevention
12. dating violence
13. Your rights with the police