The trim size of the book will likely be 6 ⅛" x 9 ¼". Since it’s a lengthy manuscript, it will be a thick book. We will be publishing it in softcover (paperback) only. No hardcover. However, there will be book flaps, sometimes called "French flaps." See attached screenshots.
I am attaching several screenshots of covers I like.
What’s important is that the cover be MINIMALIST. I want the message to be conveyed by the font types and design, not by images. If you do include any images, they should be subtle and ingenious.
The book title will be “Leaving Home.” By itself, the title boring and it could refer to anything. What’s arresting is the subtitle: “This is not a book. This is the testament of humanity.” THAT phrase is outrageous — and that’s exactly what I want. I want people to be thrown off balance by the title/subtitle. The subtitle does not need to be directly attached to the title, separated from one another by a colon; the subtitle can be elsewhere on the page.
The author’s name is Andrew Saltarelli. I’m hoping you can work this phrase into his name in some fashion: “I had one way to be revolutionary. To destroy their narrative.” I say “work” it into his name; what I mean is “associate” it, somehow, with his name.
There’s more. I’d also like you to place the following statement on the front cover:
"A masterpiece. A magnificent, completely original book, written in prose that is exact and lyrical. I have never read anything like this book, nor has anyone else” — James Wood, staff writer for The New Yorker and Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism, Harvard University.
The above blurb may well clutter up the cover, in which event we will cut it down to: “A masterpiece!” — James Wood, staff writer for The New Yorker. But I’m hoping we can incorporate the entire statement by Wood, because it is his statement that’s going to sell the book and get it reviewed by major newspapers and magazines. (James Wood is probably the most prominent book reviewer in America. The New Yorker is the leading reviewer of books in America. And Wood has a reputation for being brutal to authors. The fact that Wood would say this about a book is breath-taking.)
I suggest putting the James Wood blurb at the top of the cover, and make it stand out, since the author is a nobody, whereas Wood is well known in literary circles and it is Wood's endorsement that's going to carry the book along in sales.