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Daniel K. Berman
"Inside information" on making the U.S. credit system work in your favor, empowering you to convert your high-interest debt to low interest and even zero interest, paying it off in a fraction of the time. (More details on back cover copy, included in uploaded zip file.)
Trim size: 8.5" x 11",
Page count: 274,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: White,
Spine width: 0.617"
Who are your readers?
Primarily U.S.-based adult consumers (25-65) seeking to resolve credit or debt issues or to leverage their good credit, for greater financial benefits.
What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?
(1) This book contains authoritative answers to your important problems and questions. (2) It is well-organized and easy to read. (3) It will be entertaining, enjoyable reading.
Style and Content
What colors do you want to see in your design?
I would like the colors to convey the ideas mentioned above. Ideally, the combination should be lively enough not to appear dull, without looking garish and inappropriate. The cover should look mainstream and not too off-beat. I would imagine that blue and green and probably some black would be involved. Please see the rough that I have included in the uploaded zip file, for reference. I am not insisting that the cover look exactly like this. I am open to other ideas.
What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?
My sense is that anything that looks too off-beat, like purple and yellow, or too somber (too much black) would not be appropriate. I would prefer that the cover stand out in some way and be visually appealing. Beyond that, I defer to the designer's expertise.
Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)
I am open to all creative ideas that are consistent with the principles articulated above. My sense is that for a book in the realm of personal finance that is intended to project the sense of being authoritative and reliable, a more traditional style might work better.
What content must be included in your design?
The content, on the front cover, must include the title (The Newest Story of O), the subtitle (How to Legally Pay 0% Interest on the Money You Owe & Eliminate Your Debt in a Fraction of the Time - Secrets to Making the Credit System Work in Your Favor) and the author's name and degree (Daniel K. Berman, Ph.D). The support person I chatted with mentioned that additional specs should be included here, which I will number, for sake of clarity: (1) The image file is to include not just the front cover but also the spine and back cover, the copy and layout for which are included in one of the files included in the uploaded zip file. The three categories, underneath the bar code area, will be: Personal Finance, Self-Help, Reference. (2) CreateSpace says that the space for the bar code should be 2 inches wide and 1.2 inches high. The box I have there does not exactly follow these measurements, so the space may need some slight adjustment, to accommodate the bar code (2" x 1.2") that CreateSpace will drop in. We don't need an actual box there. I just included one as a placeholder, to indicate that the bar code will be there. (3) I will need as part of the job an alternate version with this phrase on the front cover: Download the First Part for Free at BestCreditBook.com. It might be presented as a diagonal band on the upper right-hand corner. So, just to be clear, I would like one version of the cover without this verbiage and another with the verbiage included (the only difference). (4) I would also like included as part of the job a black-and-white title page, as the first page of the book. This will be a simplified version of the front cover, with no images. The only difference in content will be the name of the imprint, near the bottom. The name of the imprint is Godot Press. Under that will be the slogan, "Books You've Been Waiting For." (5) I would also like a reduced front cover image, as a .jpg, which I can use in promotion. (6) At the top of the spine, the three categories will run horizontally: Personal Finance, Self-Help, Reference. The main title will follow, vertically: The Newest Story of O. That will be followed by the author's last name, vertically: Berman. Then, horizontally, the name of the imprint, Godot Press. Above the imprint, as a logo, will be a small hour glass icon, ideally with "sand" flowing about half-way from top to bottom. NOTE about the uploaded files: The front cover is a rough, just to show how the three parts of the title need to be delineated. The second part of the subtitle is particularly important. The Preface is included for reference, in case anyone wants more detail about the concept. Thank you for giving this your consideration. It's a privilege to have access to talent of this caliber.
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