The 4 Year Olympian
How to go from your first rowing stroke to the Olympic podium in less than 4 years.
AUTHOR: Jeremiah Brown, Olympic silver medalist, world record holder
The following excerpts from the eBook illustrate the feeling the cover should convey.
"It’s time to be ruthless. You need to draw a line in the sand and then stick to your guns. You don’t have time or energy to consider every possibility in the training environment, your training program, and even your own physiology. You need to pick a course of action and then see it through. Dabbling will get you nowhere. Find your coach, commit to your program, and get it done.”
"During one week of ridiculous intensity, Mike actually added cursing into the program. He said, “If you want to curse, then we will get it out of your system by allotting time for cursing into the program.” So after the warmup, he had Brian announce over the PA on his launch, “30 seconds of cursing… ready, go…” I have to admit it felt great unleashing a tirade of insults toward Mike. I don’t think he expected such a direct attack; most of the guys just screamed fuck as loud as they could at no one in particular, but I would point at him as I screamed my insults. After doing that once I think Mike had had enough. It was taken back out of the program."
"During that first World Cup, I experienced for the first time how different pain can feel based on how you’re doing. It’s no wonder why men’s eight crews try so hard to establish that lead in the first 500 meter no matter how small. The psychology of racing in front is powerful and Spracklen was well aware of this. He was always trying to get us to get our nose across the 500 meter mark first. Statistics show that the leader at the 500 is almost always the winner. When we were in the rep and in control of the race, the pain was balanced by the anticipation of victory. When we fell behind in the heat and in the final, the pain was accentuated by the sense of slipping further and further back. It’s so hard to summon the effort required in these races that when you start thinking ‘oh no, we are losing,’ it’s like a snowball effect; you start thinking about the pain and lose focus on the race. As soon as that happens, it’s game over. Spracklen had talked over this phenomenon at length before this race like he did for every race. But hearing it was nothing like experiencing it for myself exactly how he’d described it."
Design Goal: The design should be a similar aesthetic as the examples I have provided below. If you were a competitive rower, it would make you think, "I can't afford not to read this." It should inspire the desire to achieve Olympic glory and make you very curious about what's inside.
Colour will be important to convey the right tone. Red, Black, dark purple, white are colours I have in mind.
I have pictured a sleek minimalist design emphasizing the title with a picture of my Olympic silver medal in the foreground similar to the Kawasaki example below (medal should have some shadowing to give the image depth and weight. Sub heading and my name could go where ever you think works best.
I also like the graphic in 4 Hour Chef. I like how it's a solid fill colour and the contrast it has against the background colour. It's clean, no clutter. Maybe you could design something that involves some similar rowing imagery, like a men's 8 rowing shell (see pictures attached).
Incorporating the picture of me with my arms up could work, but not sure how it would work with the design feel I'm conveying. Maybe the pic could be filled in gray and put against a black background like the 4 hour chef cover and used as a graphic that way.
I like the look of white text against a darker colour background (examples attached are God is not One cover, Laura Hillenbrand, 4 hour chef).
These are all just ideas to help you get a sense of what I'm thinking. I am open to your ideas and encourage them.
Technical Specs taken from http://ebookindiecovers.com/ebook-c…fications/
SO – HOW TO SIZE YOUR EBOOK COVER…
Easy! Make sure the image is wider than 1400 pixels. Keep a ratio of either 6:9 (1:1.5) or 6:9.6 (1:1.6) as those are the standard ones used on ebook sites. Make sure the file size is smaller than 2MB, or as small as possible.Amazon charges a digital delivery cost per ebook according to the size of the ebook file – which is paid by the author! So obviously the smallest size you can get away with is the best for your ebook cover to avoid pushing up delivery charges. Even though this may only be 15 – 30 cents per book, it can make a big difference if you sell a few thousand books.
Oh, if you don’t have the inclination to do the maths: a 1:1.5 (6:9) image could be 1600 x 2400 pixels and a 1:1.6 (6:9.6) image could be 1563 x 2500 pixels. The latter will have a more elongated look. However, some stock images may not fit nicely on the elongated look – you have to see what works best with the stock images you have. Also, the paperback books are usually in 6 x 9 inches, so the former works better if you are planning to do a paperback version. I also notice on ebook sites that most top authors use the 1:1.5 or 6×9 proportions. Both the 1:1.5 and 1:1.6 sizes are displayed at exactly the same height in the store shelves, and personally I think the 1:1.6 ratio is at a disadvantage as it looks skinnier and smaller.
Both the above sizes fulfil the requirement of being 1400 pixels minimum in width, which will work on all the above sites! You could make them bigger, but also remember about the digital delivery fees – better to use the smallest size possible as it will keep the megabytes of the total file size down!
Use 300 dpi resolution so that you can use the cover for a paperback version too. For an ebook 72 dpi can also be used, but for a paperback it MUST be 300 dpi, so better to start off with 300 dpi.
So based on above I'm looking for an e-book cover in JPEG format with an approximate height to width ratio of 1:6. 1600 x 2400 seems to be best for all major publishing platforms as I might want to post ebook on iTunes and Barnes and Noble in addition to Amazon.) File should be compressed and ideally less than 120 Kb.
The cover needs to look good on ereaders, tablets, smartphones and traditional computers. The title must be legible on a 7/8” x 1” thumbnail.
I would like both 2d and 3d images in the following formats: PSD, PNG, JPEG.