Matt90219 got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Small business marketing book cover
Check out Matt90219's Book cover contest…
This will be a kindle ebook cover and a paperback book cover. The book is a marketing book for small business owners.
What's your vision?
NOTE: Please see the comments addressed to everyone before submitting a design. I have provided additional direction regarding the use of clocks, watches, stopwatches, alarm clocks, time-keeping devices, etc. In short, please don't submit any additional designs using them. Thanks. Thanks for looking at my book design contest. Please pay careful attention to this design brief - I’m going to try and tell you everything I can think of in order to help you create a great design! The name of the book is: Overwhelm Eliminator Subtitle: Small Business Marketing On Borrowed Time With Little Money Author name for book is: Matt Gordon The subtitle is what the book is about, so please don’t underplay it. “Overwhelm Eliminator” is a brand I’m trying to build with this book, a podcast, and a blog. This is a book of small business marketing principles and fundamentals. This is not an academic, theoretical book, but it isn’t a “how-to” tactical book either. The audience will be small business owners in the first 5 years of business. These are “Main Street USA” people; not corporate America. The reason it is named “overwhelm eliminator” is because most small business owners are overwhelmed with everything they have to do to market their business. They are great at what their business does, but they either don’t have the knowledge, time, or money to grow their business through marketing. This book provides marketing principles to fix that. The main title & subtitle must be readable in the search results thumbnail (120 pixels tall). Additionally, I would like the front cover to degrade nicely into grayscale. This means, to me, that there must be at least a moderate contrast between the background and foreground. The winning design will not be "plain" but will be very clean and elegant. It will look and feel high-end, not cheap in any way. So cartoonish-looking or busy covers are not going to work. What I do *not* want to see on the cover is... People in suits/ties People making presentations, talking on phones, or in meetings Stock illustrations of charts with arrows going up and to the right Stock illustrations of building blocks, targets, etc. Stock illustrations of those weird, faceless stick-people holding hands, putting a puzzle together, etc. Vertical text on the front cover So yeah, I pretty much hate cheesy stock photos or illustrations. If you can be wonderful without them, I would be thrilled. Colors I like (this is all negotiable, if your concept is good): White for backgrounds Blues, greens, and dark grays Colors I don’t like: Yellows, oranges, or too much red. See how the top of the 99designs site has a some spots of light gray to add depth to the background? I like that, but I’m not sure it works for a paperback as well as it would for a hardback dust jacket. The book will be packaged as a printed paperback book and Kindle e-book. Printed version specs: 6x9 inch perfectbound 115 pages (which will be 70# white offset) Spine should be .26 inches (if my calculation is correct) Kindle specs: 2500 pixels tall JPG After the winning design is selected, I will work with the winner and provide: Text for the back of the book Author picture for the back of the cover ISBN for barcode The Rock Ridge Media logo PSD for placement on the back Final deliverables will be a 3D cover graphic for the website (left-facing, standing up, transparent background), cover design, and Kindle ebook front cover.
Designs I like for various reasons: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008XF2JGC ...I REALLY liked this one! Wish the smaller writing was more readable, but it's a very good cover.... and a 99Designs product! www.amazon.com/Strength-Life-Fitness-Plan-Rest/dp/0345498461 ...clean, simple, sells the book well. www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Building-Marketing-Business-Google/dp/1477581189 ...this one is okay, not great. www.amazon.com/Become-Your-Months-Month---Month/dp/1605501115 ...this one is good, but the text is so small. Designs I don't like: www.amazon.com/Marketing-An-Introduction-10th-Edition/dp/0136102433 ...this cover just makes no sense at all. www.amazon.com/Employees-Marketers-Richard-Parkes-Cordock/dp/0955298628 ...the background just eats up the cover. And I'm not a fan of the right-justified text. www.amazon.com/Marketing-Management-MyMarketingLab-Pearson-Edition/dp/0132606224 Title is ridiculously small. I see what they are trying to do with the K there, but nobody cares about that - it doesn't sell the book. www.amazon.com/How-Years-Worth-Bookkeeping-One/dp/1466206136 ...you'd think this is a marketing comic book... this has "cheap" written all over it. www.amazon.com/Marketing-2012-William-M-Pride/dp/0538475404 The picture steals the show and has nothing to do with anything the book is about. www.amazon.com/Lean-Marketing-Revolution-Timeless-Know-ebook/dp/B005DJV4BC Wow. Fireworks and banners and stars, oh my!
$399 Custom package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
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.
Matt90219 collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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