Matt the designer did an excellent job! Very professional and willing to work towards getting the desired results. Very enjoyable to work with. We plan on using him on other projects. His creative approach to our book cover really won us over.
How masumigoldman started their book cover journey
Rise and Thrive: A Guide for Transforming Your Mood, Cultivating Inspiration, and Living Vibrantly with Chronic Illness
MASUMI GOLDMAN is a former Wall Street analyst and MIT graduate who wandered into the world of wellness in order to manage a painful condition affecting her joints and tendons. She has made it a habit to rise to every challenge and thrive, whether that’s been in a chemistry lab, on a trading floor, teaching yoga in large conference settings, or advocating for herself in her multi-year journey with Lyme disease.
Her passion for yoga, meditation, and all things wellness-related sparked a successful blog, multiple yoga certifications, and numerous features in various media outlets. She has partnered with major brands, such as Gaiam and Kohl’s in their wellness endeavors, and has contributed content to wellness publications, including Yoga Journal, Shape Magazine, NY Yoga & Life Magazine, and Yoga Digest.
My book is a how-to-thrive manual for people living with chronic illnesses that are unpredictable in nature and often debilitating.
People suffering from autoimmune diseases (lupus, chronic Lyme disease, Rhumatoid Arthritis, etc) or other illnesses that are chronic in nature (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc).
Nearly 80% of autoimmune sufferers are women, so my guess is that this percentage would also be reflected in my reader base.
Book cover type
Kindle Direct Publishing
What colors do you want to see in your design?
The cover needs to be simple and bold--something that will pop as a small thumbnail on the Amazon platform or on the bookshelf as a 5.5 x 8.5 book. I am open to the designer's choices for color, but the cover should convey energy, positivity and hope. This is a how-to-thrive manual for people who don't feel well on a daily basis, so I want them to be intrigued, excited and hopeful to pick the book up and look through it.
What to avoid
After looking through the design submissions so far, I have determined that I prefer covers that do NOT use a photograph on the front. Other types of images are fine, but the realistic nature of a photograph doesn't appeal to me so much.
Also, I like the cover to be arranged in the following order from top to bottom: Title, Subtitle, Author. (I know there are lots of books with the author name at the top of the cover, or with the subtitle above the title, but I would like to see title, subtitle, then author at the bottom.)