The book is an adult, satirical humor novel. The tone and design should convey that. It should be hip without being silly, humorous without being juvinille. I prefer no photos of live squirrels unless it is something original and fresh. I want the reader to see “humor book” when they look at the cover not “nature book”.
The book itself is semi-autobiographical and the squirrel is just a small part of it but it is a hook. It is a series of vignettes that cover a five year span where I was the “Forrest Gump of the economic downturn”. Basically everything bad thing that happened in this economy, happened to me (bought house at height of the market, laid off, series of temp job, bad relationships, bankruptsy, foreclosure, strange neighbors) and through all of this having a positive attitude and telling this story with humor.
Colors to avoid would be black backgrounds or baby shower pastels.
SQUIRREL BOOK SPECS
Trim – 5.5” x 8.5” (13.97 x 21.59 centimeters)
Spine Width = 0.635” (282 pgs x 0.002252)
- The cover must be a single PDF that includes the back cover, spine, and front cover as one image. All fonts should be embedded. The maximum accepted file size for the book cover is 40 MB.
- You can submit your cover on any size page as long as the printable area is:
• Measured exactly to the book's trim size, spine width, and at least .125" bleed
• Centered horizontally and vertically
Minimum Cover Width: Bleed (0.125”) + Back Cover Trim Size (5.5”)+ Spine Width (0.635”) + Front Cover Trim Size (5.5”) + Bleed (0.125”) = 11.885”
Thumbnail of the cover should be 500 x 800 in a jpg format.
Text and images must be at least .125" inside the trim lines to ensure that no live elements are cut during the bookmaking process.
Allow for 0.0625" variance on either side of the fold lines for your cover. For example, if your spine width is 1", your text should be no wider than 0.875". Because of this variance, avoid hard edges or lines that end on the fold line.
The ISBN barcode will be placed in a 2" by 1.2" white box in the lower right-hand corner of the book's back cover. Amazon's CreateSpace template is used for this book.
Images or text in the barcode location will be covered when the book is printed. Make sure no important elements appear where the barcode will be placed.
Images may be CMYK or RGB color. All images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer and placed in your document at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.
Photos I provide: SWM Logo, Author Picture. If any artwork/graphics are not original and must have rights purchased separately, a release and advance price is required.