The book is a memoir of an African immigrant to the United States from Sierra Leone in West Africa, which is a very hot, humid and tropical climate.
GOOD COLOR PALETTE: If you have seen the color of parchment paper, that is also a good color, which is kind of a beige gold color.
The book cover colors should convey a feeling of West Africa, so the colors are in the beige, brown, dirty green, sand, etc. We have some examples of traditionally published book covers that we like, which we will attach in a file. However, feel free to be original and creative with your designs.
You can also retouch the photo or change the coloring of the provided photo.
Please see the design brief for specifications about the book design.
We want the subtitle to be quite large and especially the words A TRUE STORY, to stand out. You can use a part of the photograph or all of it. You can fade out the background if you wish, or lighten up the background. Feel free to be original and creative.
BOOK COVER BRIEF
Book Title: Friendship
Book Subtitle: A TRUE STORY of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance
Author: Francis Mandewah
We want a book cover that looks very professional with a creative design. The design should be original and attractive and have very readable fonts.
The book cover should feature the photo provided of the African author Francis Mandewah (a native of Africa) and his friend Thomas Johnson (an American from the state of Minnesota in the United States).
The subtitle must be large enough to stand out as well and be very readable at a small size on the small thumbnail on Amazon, which is about 2 times the size of a postage stamp.
We are providing a template from Lightning Source (LSI) and the print book will be 6 inches by 9 inches. We are providing a barcode that you must use and some place at the bottom of the back cover.
We are also providing the publisher's back cover logo and the spine logo. (Telemachus Press)
1. Design print book cover, trim size 6 inches by 9 inches, approximately 200 pages
2. Please use provided photo on the front cover
3. Design front and back cover for print book
4. Design front cover for eBook version of this book
5. Please use barcode image that we are providing. Please put barcode on the back cover.
6. IMPORTANT! Please do not change the size of the barcode from what is on the cover template, which we are providing.
7. A template from Lightning Source (LSI) is provided for the book cover. The cover artist needs to follow the guides on the template so that LSI accepts the cover. Also the CMYK value of the cover cannot exceed 240% (referring to the density of the ink coverage).
8. We may change the number of pages in the book, so the spine width may change and would the designer to be available in the future to make that adjustment
9. We will need original files for the book cover design. We need the layered file with all font.
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MEMOIR / RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY
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Young Francis Mandewah dreamed of a better future, but saw no way out of his impoverished situation….until one day when he met a man who would change his life.
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An African boy from the region made famous by the Hollywood film “Blood Diamond” is befriended by an American pilot. That friendship brings great opportunities and blessings that affirm the boy’s faith in a God of miracles. But the boy’s journey also brings many trials and tribulations that test his courage, strength, and endurance.
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The Hollywood movie “Blood Diamond” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for five Academy Awards. It brought attention to a rebel war in West Africa in which “blood” diamonds, also known as “conflict” diamonds, were used to finance warlords and their activities.
Two decades before this war Thomas Johnson, a pilot from Minnesota, was employed to fly boxes of gems and alluvial diamonds in Sierra Leone from Yengema to Freetown, where a British Airways jet would fly the gemstones to London. This pilot met and befriended young Francis Mandewah, an impoverished Sierra Leonean boy, and gave him generous support that opened a new life of opportunity, which would eventually take Francis to America.
Along the way Francis had many harrowing experiences, including crossing the Sahara Desert, which almost cost him his life. His challenges continued in Italy, Greece, and finally in America.
In the end, Francis became aware that his real voice that has emerged through all his trials and tribulations, is one of deep faith, and gratitude for God’s miracles and wonders in his life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR– Francis Mandewah received his Masters degree in Public Administration from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1991. A social justice advocate, he has 14 years of experience as a probation and parole agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He is a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, Missouri, where he currently resides and works as a counselor at a correctional facility.
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“On my way home I walked in a haze. I was in shock over the miracle that had just happened in my life. That night as I settled down to sleep on my mat on the floor of my cousin’s house, I lay in the dark and prayed, 'Dear God, I can’t take any more heartbreak. Please let this be real. What did I do to deserve such a blessing? I promise to do well in school and make You proud. Please don’t let me die in my sleep tonight.’”– Francis Mandewah
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