What do you do?
I'm a writer/blogger. I've written two dating books for men in addition to this travel memoir.
How many pages of print design do you need?
One file cover that includes cover, spine, and back
List the size requirement(s) for your print design
I attached my existing cover which you can use as a template.
File format: PDF
Spine width: 39.26 Postscript points wide (0.545") (164 px)
Spine begins 405 Postscript points (5.63") (1688 px) from the left.
Total cover width: 849.26 X 630 Postscript points (11.80" X 8.75") (3539px X 2625px)
What is your industry?
Describe the target audience for your print design
My readers are almost entirely male, ages 25-35. They come to me to read about women and travel.
What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your print design?
The following are merely suggestions. You don't have to squeeze in all three.
1. Confusion or conflict (experienced by the narrator)
2. Toughness, challenge
3. Lone journey into the unknown
Style and Concept
What print design styles do you like?
Something To Tell You
Further Adventures In The Restless Universe
Brave New World
The Four Fingers Of Death
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Bluesiana Snake Festival
What colors do you want to see in your print design?
What colors do you NOT want to see in your print design?
I'm open minded, but I don't feel strongly about pastels.
What adjectives should best describe your print design?
A little abstract but clean and somewhat minimalist. I'm not looking for happy landscape photography. I'd like a cover that best represents the feeling of the book instead of the objective plot (see below).
How will you use the print design?
It will be the book cover for paperback and ebook sales.
What content must be included in the print design?
My book's synopsis is below under 'back matter' and I also attached a file with very brief chapter summaries to give you a feel for the book if you'd like more information.
The book is mostly somber in tone, and doesn't end on a particularly good note. I'm looking for a cover that says, "This was a helluva trip, with nice surprises and revelations but also big disappointments and soul-searching." Non-abstract features of the cover that I think could work are a drawn bat or a discombobulated man breaking into pieces (or stretching, or otherwise distorted). Isolation was a recurring feature of the book.
If you have a general idea of the front cover you can submit a rough draft and I can give feedback on it before you commit to the whole thing.
The only text to go on the front is:
Title ("A Dead Bat In Paraguay")
The phrase "a memoir"
Author ("Roosh Vrek")
The title justified left and the author justified right (on same line).
For the back matter, I would like the book title, sub title, summary, two reviews, and my website url. It can be simply text without any design like on the front (in other words you don't have to spend much time on it). Leave out the barcode but please leave space with my publisher puts it on the lower right corner like in the template I attached. Here is the back text in its entirety:
A Dead Bat In Paraguay
One Man's Peculiar Journey Through South America
A Dead Bat In Paraguay is a true adventure story about a 28-year-old man who decided that the best way he could deal with his existential crisis was to sell his possessions, quit his professional career as a scientist, and hop on a one-way flight to Quito, Ecuador in order to visit every country in South America. He sincerely believed the trip would put him on a track towards a more fulfilling life of excitement, intrigue, and exotic women, away from his soulless corporate job in a Washington D.C. suburb.
Instead, he humorously falls from one country to the next, striking out repeatedly with the local women, getting robbed, having dreams that became reality, self-diagnosing himself with a host of diseases, and suffering repeated bouts of stomach illness that made marathon bus rides superhuman feats of bodily strength. Along the journey he chronicles the friendships, the women, and the struggles, including one fateful night in Paraguay that he thought would lead to his end.
"In a literary world full of flotsam, jetsam, and other varieties of garbage, Roosh has produced something remarkable and memorable. Beyond its other qualities, A Dead Bat in Paraguay speaks to something deeper the dissatisfaction so many men these days have with their lives."
-Ferdinand B., In Mala Fide
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