I need to have a cover designed for my forthcoming book, including the front and back covers and the spine.
Title of book: An Italian Connection
Sub-title: 21 notable (Italian) Australians and their contributions
Author: Ariana Fabris
Both the title and sub-title (including the brackets) should appear on the front cover, along with the author name.
One idea I had for the cover is to somehow include the names of the people featured in the book. For example, they could appear in the background, but only very faintly (greyed out), with the title, etc. written over the top. However, I’m open to other ideas!
The 21 people are:
Sir James Gobbo
Vittorio De Bortoli
If these names are to be included, please ensure that they are spelt correctly!
*The following ‘blurb’ needs to go on the back cover:
Since the first wave of Italian migration to Australia way back in the mid-1800s, it’s fair to say that Australians of Italian descent have continued to make a magnificent contribution to their adopted homeland. An Italian Connection honours 21 such people in a series of biographical articles that recount each individual’s inspiring journey: the struggles, hardships and ultimate triumphs. There’s surfer Mark Occhilupo’s stirring comeback to the top of the world rankings after alcohol and depression prematurely snuffed out his career at age 22; Luigi Grollo’s struggle for survival during the Great Depression before eventually emerging to create a building and construction empire, and Sir James Gobbo’s rise from the most humble of beginnings to become a Judge of the Supreme Court and the first ever Governor of Victoria from a non-English speaking background.
Singers Tina Arena and Natalie Imbruglia… actors Anthony LaPaglia and Vince Colosimo… pioneering engineer Carlo Catani… winemaker Vittorio De Bortoli… surgeon and medical historian Ivo Vellar… These outstanding individuals - along with many others – are included in this collection of engaging articles celebrating everything that’s good about Australia’s cultural diversity.
*These three testimonials will also need to be included on the back cover:
‘I am humbled to be included in this great record…’ Guy Grossi.
‘Well written and very engaging… a wonderful tribute’… Kate St James, Universal Magazines.
‘An important book which highlights the many contributions Italian migrants have made to Australia – besides introducing pizza, pasta and polenta…’ Dr Ivo Vellar, OAM.
*My logo is very simple and needs to be placed towards the bottom of the spine. Please see attachment.
I don’t know if a cover for a book of this type really suits having images, but I have attached a couple that I licensed from http://www.dreamstime.com which could be used. Again, I’m open to new ideas here, but one thing I thought of was having the man in the gondola heading for Australia, with a path between them. I’m also open to the use of other images if available, or perhaps some sort of interesting graphic.
As I will be using matte lamination for the cover, I don’t want a dark-coloured cover. I like the idea of a white cover, with blue featuring prominently. I also like colours such as grey, purple or even pink (I would like to avoid the ‘Italian flag’ green-white-red combination, as this seems a bit clichéd).
The cover dimensions (including front, back and spine) are:
For an InDesign document, a bleed of 5mm (top, bottom, left, right) would be suitable, but for the printers I would need it to be a pdf file.
I will also need to be provided with separate images of the front and back covers so that I can use them to advertise on Amazon or similar online selling website.
The ISBN (attached) will also need to be included on the back cover.