Earlier this week I posted an advert at Student Gems. It read:
I’m publishing a rather dull academic textbook. It’s going to need a nice dust jacket to sell it. I need someone to design me one.
Something like a picture of the Greek islands and some text.
I’ve had about 10 responses. Four of them seem like people who know what they are doing and would be usable, and I have messaged them some more details:
The book is an edition and translation of Eusebius of Caesarea’s “Gospel problems and solutions” (=Quaestiones ad Stephanum et Marinum) Greek text + translation ditto Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic fragments.
where the cover made *me* buy it, and I never do buy books.
My thinking is for a photograph as cover, with the author name and title on it. Something like the following photo:
(I want to avoid pictures of ruins, I think).
I’m open to other ideas, of course.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of this.
Meanwhile I have been looking for a licensable cover image. No luck so far, tho. Shutterstock.com seem to have the right sort of stuff. I haven’t quite seen one I like.