I hate to borrow from others, but I saw a summary for a previous contest that really makes the point:
The #1 objective of this cover is to SELL the book off bookstore shelves!
Attract attention, stop them in their tracks as they walk down the bookstore aisle, jump off the shelf at potential buyers, grab their attention, and make them think “I MUST HAVE this book!”
Infinity From Zero
“How to transform your ideas into successful businesses in a Web 2.0 world.”
James S. Mosier
Desired Color Scheme:
No prerequisites. Artist has total creative control.
The book will be a 6 x 9 book. Your front and back covers should match this exact dimension plus a 1/8” bleed on all sides except the spine. The book will be between 1/2 and 1 inch thick, so you can be somewhat flexible with the spine, as it will almost certainly need adjustment at time of publishing.
Book title “Infinity From Zero” should be sized so it is easily readable from 6-10 feet.
The Tagline “How to transform your ideas into successful businesses in a Web 2.0 world.” Should be sized to be easily readable from three feet.
The copyright for the winning book cover design once paid for will be wholly owned and all rights reserved by the author, whose company is sponsoring this contest.
-- Potential Buyers of the book ---
Book is written for, and targets people thinking about starting a business on, or expanding their business to the Internet.
Book is NOT currently for sale, estimated release date: Winter 2008.
- A style that grabs attention with simple clarity.
- Deliverables to be in Photoshop or Illustrator formats that can be manipulated later. Full layered files (not flattened) are expected.
- Complicated or busy designs
- Bright or “loud” colors
- Images of business people or light bulbs