Paper Raven Books got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Non-fiction book for adults, parents & grandparents who desire a stress-free Christmas
Check out Paper Raven Books's Book cover contest…
Taking Back Your Holidays: A Whimsical Guide for a Lighter, Brighter Christmas
Yvonne Lacey is an author, speaker, podcaster, marketer, and entrepreneur. Born on December 25, Yvonne has truly embraced the Christmas Spirit in her life. On her blog, DrXmas.com, she writes about joy, magic, rituals, and holiday planning guides for the sometimes too-busy-for-Christmas modern world.
Maybe you love Christmas, or maybe you want to love Christmas, but you feel like the time between the beginning of Fall and the start of the New Year flies by so fast that you can’t stop to enjoy a moment of it. Did you get a chance to sing Christmas songs together? To cook your grandmother’s secret recipes in your own kitchen? To make a snow angel? To sing “Happy Holidays” to your neighbors? This year is your chance to take back your holidays. Not-your-typical Martha Stewart holiday planning, this book gives you insights to your favorite holiday traditions, practical tips for creating pockets of peace for your family, and ideas for sharing a stress-free Christmas with your loved ones. Bring the true Presence of Christmas into your home this year. “Filled with practical tips and humorous history, Taking Back Your Holidays will remind you of why we go through these insane weeks each year, and show you how to truly enjoy the holidays and not just muddle through them. So, tell your inner kid it’s safe to come out. Then grab a candy cane or hot cocoa, slip on a cozy sweater, and let Dr. Xmas remind you that there is indeed magic in them thar holiday moments.” - Eric Poole, Author of Where’s My Wand: One Boy’s Magical Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting
Parents, men and women, who are in their 30s-60s or have children or grandchildren or celebrate Christmas. They love Christmas and all the Christmas traditions, but they are too busy with modern life to slow down and enjoy time with their family. They're nostalgic, looking for a way to reconnect with their own childhood and now their children and grandchildren. Their eyes are caught by something that reminds them of Christmas and good childhood memories.
Book cover type
Other color requirements
See logo colors - maroon, gold and sage. Not required colors, but the feel of calm holidays is what we're after.
The author is providing inspirational images and her headshot, to give you a feel of what she’s looking for, but please look in your own photo libraries for images you think would be in line with her images (she’s not a professional designer, after all). The author's inspirational images are included in this design brief. Her direction: Think-- what Rachel Ray is to cooking, she is to Christmas-- warm, friendly, lighthearted and fun with useful content.
What to avoid
Not looking for typical red and green loud Christmas colors or design.
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.
Paper Raven Books collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Iva23 continued to work on the book concept until it was right and was able to make any changes that were needed quickly. They were also a pleasure to work with via messaging, and I would definitely work with them again. I love my final book design!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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