Cosmic Casserole Press
What do you do?
Cosmic Casserole Press is a small, independent publisher serving up honesty, humor and hope.
Our first title will be Joanna Chapman's book, Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood: Pledging the Pink Sorority. Divine Secrets is a narrative nonfiction book where the funny, flawed narrator recounts her Adventures in Cancerland and, just like a BFF, shares secrets known only to those initiated into the pink ribbon sisterhood.
Advance readers have called the book: hilarious, honest, heartfelt
How many pages of print design do you need?
Front cover, back cover and spine
List the size requirement(s) for your print design
Most likely will go with 6 x 9 trade paperback size. Anticipating book will be about 325 pages, dependent on interior design/font etc. tbd.
What is your industry?
Publishing and Media
Describe the target audience for your print design
Savvy, educated female readers -- women dealing with breast cancer as well as their friends and loved ones. Would also appeal to those not facing the disease but curious about what the experience is like. Since statistics tell us 1 out of every 8 women will face the disease, Divine Secrets could potentially attract a large audience.
What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your print design?
A cancer diagnosis is scary but the author's intent is reassure women that they are not crazy and they are not alone. The writer jokes that her book is a "cosmic casserole" gift to others since nobody would want to eat her burnt lasagnas!
Another message is that laughter and friendship can help get you through this. If you can't quite kick cancer's ass, then at least beat it with your handbag!
The cover should convey the Cosmic Casserole motto of hope, humor and honesty without being saccharine or gloomy.
Style and Concept
What print design styles do you like?
Not sure what to say -- I have a very open mind and encourage the graphic artists to bring it on! Maybe something catchy with a chick-lit vibe?
Here are a few ideas to get the brainstorming started: for some reason I keep imagining a cartoonish-looking graphic, but please surprise me... maybe a bra made of camo-print trimmed in pink ribbon? a voguish silhouette of woman with super short hair walking away wearing a little black dress and hot pink cowgirl boots? A blingy pink purse and/or cowboy hat? girlfriends chatting at cafe?... Hoping to find something that will connect with the concept of breast cancer, but with a subtle touch.
What colors do you want to see in your print design?
Open, just not too heavy on the pink.
What colors do you NOT want to see in your print design?
Open to anything.
What adjectives should best describe your print design?
Charming, accessible, bright and positive, not scary-looking, Something eye-catching to make you smile & spark interest in reading.
How will you use the print design?
Will be on every printed book cover. Will use cover design in advertising, poster displays, etc. Will need a version to work for e-book readers (tiny size) when customers order from on-line website as well.
What content must be included in the print design?
Front cover should save a spot or two for positive blurbs. Spine should have eye-catching look/small graphic? plus publisher imprint (flying casserole dish) Back cover will include space for ISBN, back cover copy, more blurbs.
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