A book cover for a philosophical/mystical novel called Ease. I'm interested in dark and mysterious. I see a large circle on the front with arrows coming off in all four cardinal directions. The cover would be divided at its midpoint by color, through the center of the circle. Top would be very dark blue, the bottom black, but I am open to other color ideas, as long as they are dark. Think Rothko for a kind of two-tone idea (see attached ocean pic for inspiration). The book title, Ease, would be inside the circle (can be creative with placement). Author name, Stephen Intlekofer, below the circle. Be creative with font. I def do not want flowery or ornate. Also be creative with the color of the circle and arrows. I see them as off-white, but that is just my initial thought. Back of cover could be a sort of reflection of the circle and arrows on the front, with different tones/colors, likely darker. On the back is one prominent sentence near the top in bold -- "Let's accept that I am you so we can experience this together." Will leave it up to designer to incorporate that creatively. Below this sentence there is the description of the book, in smaller font. -- "Single and alone, Byron is settling into the complacency of his late thirties when a brief, seemingly meaningless encounter sends his life spinning off course. He abruptly leaves his job and home in Baltimore and travels west to a strange spiritual community in Colorado known simply as Beyond, founded by a famous and perplexing self-help guru. From there, he is compelled to leave everything behind, including his own identity, as he proceeds past the limits of the physical human experience.
Byron does eventually return, however, to experience life on Earth again—an identical time frame of 38 years, from birth to exit. This new life is the same in many ways, but there are crucial and sometimes brutal differences that lead him deeper into an understanding of what it means to be human, and what it means to die, in an interconnected universe."
As mentioned, this description should be below that prominent single sentence. Otherwise, exact placement of this text is up to designer. Also would like a subtle, shaded background image on the back, behind the circle. Thinking perhaps the image of the statue I am attaching (it is my pic so can be used freely), but very much shaded and in the background. Also attaching a pic of trees that could be used on the back instead of the statue image, again very much shaded and in the background (also my pic so can be used freely). Whichever seems to work better. Could also choose not to use either pic as background but design something yourself, if that seems to work better to produce this mood. Publishing house logo file for spine and back of book, and the ISBN barcode file for back of book are attached. Below pub house logo on back of book, please include the pub house url onetribepress.com. Right above ISBN barcode should be the BISAC description: "Fiction/Visionary & Metaphysical". Trim for book is 5.5 by 8.5. Bleed is .125 inches. Page count is 406. Spine width is 0.914312 inches. Would like both a finalized PDF and a Photoshop file as final submission.