This is a design for a book cover. Title of the book (book eBook and hard copy) is: The Magicians of Main Street: The Story of Chambers of Commerce in America, 1768 - 1945.
This book talks about some of the interesting things chambers have done:
- Contributing to the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank
- The Farm Bureau
- The Miss America Pageant
- The Golden Gate Bridge
- The New York Subway
- The movie industry in southern California
- The Hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame
- The Hoover Dam
- Lindbergh's plane ("The Spirit of St. Louis")
- Getting rid of Al Capone
- The Grand Coulee Dam, and a good deal more!
-- including some mistakes, such as:
- Letting yellow fever run wild in the Mississippi Valley, killing 20,000 people.
This book concept and the author were on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on August 17, 2012. ("Don't Yawn: Chambers of Commerce Are Really Quite a Kick" by Conor Dougherty)
The book is well footnoted but not cobwebby-academic.
These chambers originally were groups of business people putting their money together to get the railroads to put a whistle-stop in town, or to dig a canal somewhere, or somehow to get business. They built a good part of America while the generals and the Presidents got all the press.
These business people made their share of mistakes, too.
Regarding design -- I am not an expert on book design, but am told it needs to be something that looks good not only on a full-sized book but also on the little stamp-sized book images that you see in Amazon.
Please, though, no hokey magicians or wands on the front cover; something tasteful. Maybe a hint of magic but maybe not. Could be a vision of a downtown or something.