marquina got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Attitude is Everything! Competitive air guitarist and cancer survivor needs a RAD book cover design
Check out marquina's Book cover contest…
I'm a book marketer who happened to be diagnosed with breast cancer last year. To get through treatment, I got creative and channeled my energy into a 'Glam Chemo' photo project and competing in air guitar competitions. I won locally in Staten Island (while starting radiation treatment), qualified 3rd in Boston to go to Nationals (at the end of radiation treatments), and finished Nationals in Austin, Texas as the 8th best fake guitar player in the US! - ha! There was an article about my positive approach to cancer here: http://www.people.com/article/glam-chemo-project - And it was the Air Guitar community who helped me when I was feeling down (among family and other close friends, of course). Expressing myself creatively through cancer has helped me stay positive and I believe it improved my outcome - at least in the sense that my perception of things was 'I can do this!' I have finished a few chapters of a book - the working title is 'Grin and Air It: How a positive attitude + air guitar helped me through cancer treatment'. (see attached screenshots for images I'm using to collect email addresses). My target audience is other young women who have had cancer and I'd like the book's tone to be upbeat. There is one other Air Guitar book out called 'To Air Is Human'. Here is a link for reference: https://www.amazon.com/Air-Human-Become-Greatest-Guitarist/dp/1594482101 - we can make a better cover than that, yes? Can I hear a 'Heck Yeah!' ;)
What's your vision?
I would like a book cover that is a bit quirky and fun, but still could be on the list of top 'breast cancer' books on Amazon - here is the list: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Breast-Cancer/zgbs/books/4673/ref=zg_bs_nav_b_4_171141 IMPORTANT: The colors should *not* be 'breast cancer pink'. I do *not* want a breast cancer ribbon icon/graphic. I want the book cover to be bad a$$ - to show strength through cancer diagnosis, treatment and outcome.
Attached are several images of me in chemo and air guitaring. BUT It is not imperative that you use these - be your own creative bad-a$$ self and do what you feel would help me get my book recognized. If you would like hi-res or another type of file, please email me. I have a *ton* of air guitar photos. If you google 'marquina air guitar' or 'marteeka' you can find more. You could also check out my photo blog here: http://gofightwin.tumblr.com/archive
$299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
marquina collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Matt worked closely with me and showed lots of patience while I got all the documents correct. The cover is beautiful and expresses the book well. Well done!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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