The book will be published in two languages, English & French (separately). Please feel free to propose a design in either English or French. But, the winning cover design should allow for the version in the other language to be created easily since they will both have to be provided hence the creation of the "custom package".
The size of the paper book is 6 x 9 inches. Ideally, the front cover design should also be suitable for the ebook version.
The front cover should include the title and author name. The spine should be about ¾ of an inch (from 340 to 355 pages) and include the full title, the author name and the publisher (either the name or the logo). In French, the spine is to be read bottom up. In English, from top to bottom.
The back cover should include the book abstract, the author’s short bio, the ISBN bar code and the publisher’s logo and website address.
• English Title: In the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab
• French Title: Sur les traces d’Abraham Ulrikab
• Author : France Rivet
• Publisher Name (English) : Polar Horizons
• Publisher Name (French) : Horizons Polaires
• Publisher website address (English) : http://www.polarhorizons.com/en
• Publisher website address (French) : http://www.horizonspolaires.com
The design should reflect that it is a 19th century story. Since photographs and illustrations of Abraham and his family do exist and since his name is part of the book title, it seems logical to have him appear on the cover, but I'm open to other visions.
Abraham’s diary was the subject of two books published by Professor Hartmut Lutz. You may see the existing covers here :
English book: http://www.press.uottawa.ca/the-dia…am-ulrikab
German book : http://www.amazon.de/Abraham-Ulrika…3926308109
Both books use an illustration from Inuk artist Alootook Ipellie based on the “official portrait” of Abraham and his family taken in 1880 in Hamburg.
Hereis a link where you will see that photograph (This link will also give you an overview of the story and you’ll be able to watch a short video summarizing Abraham’s story (prepared for our 2013 crowdfunding campaign) with photographs of all eight Inuit and of their homeland, Labrador.):
I would prefer that the cover design not make use of the photograph used for the cover of the previous two books. That said, a poster showing Abraham and his family was published in a German newspaper in 1881 (and is now in the public domain). The illustrator, J.H. Fischer, got his inspiration from that same photograph but he added new elements to it. I do not mind having J.H. Fischer’s representation of Abraham and his family included in the cover design. In fact, it could be a good idea since I have been using it for more than 2 years to represent my research project. So people who follow my work, are used to seeing this illustration.
You will find a sepia version of that poster in the attached files. I do have it in a larger format, if needed.
Here are two examples of color tones used in book covers that I like. That said, they are not meant as a mandatory requirement: