I'm designing a book cover for my book: "Don't Sniff the Glue: A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform."
I want a bold but simple cover that makes people say, "Wow, education has some problems...but maybe, if the world's not too messed up, there's hope."
Things I'd consider:
--modern or historical fonts/graphics, depending on how it integrates with the theme. Could go either way.
--bold and/or humorous
--not too cluttered, yet says a lot with a graphic or two
The story that inspired the title: I ran into student teachers looking for really expensive glue. I showed them cheap glue. "No, we have to have THIS." Their supervisor said so. There's a disconnect between education policy and front-line education. "Don't Sniff the Glue" refers to this story. On a deeper level, we can't accept bad policy as the status quo. My "Don't Sniff the Glue" is like "don't drink the kool-aid." Question the status quo. It'll be changing. An education revolution is coming--students, families, teachers, and good educational leaders want more. It's tough. There's hope.
You can get an idea of my writing style at my blog, CafeCasey.com
I made a Pinterest board of book covers I like along with reasons why I like them: http://www.pinterest.com/runningdmc…ign-ideas/
Know this: I know nothing about design, fashion, style, or matching colors. I go into clothing stores under duress and tell the salesperson, "It doesn't matter if I like it. Does it work?" So, you might have to assist me--this is my first book cover.
I can speak to stories and specifics if you need more. I've compared education to Stalinism, talked about the real cost (in terms of time/emails) of requisitioning supplies, mocked red tape, and talked about funny and serious education stories leading up to "students deserve more."