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How mjsanmartino started their book cover journey
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My wife Alice and I are marriage counselors working in a church setting. We have a strong relationship and are writing this book together. This book comes out of our own personal experience working on our marriage. It also comes out of the experience of counseling couples over the last 25 years. We are writing a book for couples facing problems. These couples may be in crisis and barely holding onto their relationship or they might be slowly watching their relationship erode over time. In both cases they are hurting and need help. These couples need good advice, resources, and tools to work on their relationship. In terms of age, our target audience is anywhere from late 20's hitting their first set of issues to couples in the their 60's trying to adapt to change. The majority of readers will probably be in their 30's - 50's. The book design needs to appeal to women because women purchase most marriage and relationship books. However, the book cover can not be too feminine because a man will read a book his wife or girlfriend brings home if it catches his attention, intrigues him, or solves one of his problems.
What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?
We want a book cover design. The title of the book is "Marital Emergencies". Subtitle on front of book "The 50 Most Common Marriage Problems and How to Handle Them.' Author Names on front of book Mike & Alice San Martino. Our couple picture on 1/4 of back cover top right or bottom right. On the back of the book, "Real Help for Couples in Crisis". Most marriage and relationship book covers have boring covers or over done images of couples holding hands or walking on the beach. We want this cover to grab your attention. Marital Emergencies is an alarming title. It reminds the reader of Medical Emergencies. We want the title to communicate crisis. But the subtitle The 50 Most Common Problems in Marriage and how to handle them, hopefully will broaden the audience to couples who want answers to their common problems. Hopefully the subtitle will communicate this book is not just for couples facing potential divorce or separation. It is also for couples who are are stuck and frustrated with common problems. One potential idea is to feature a couple on the front cover who are struggling in some way but still holding on. They are not walking away from the relationship yet they are trying to hold on but they need help. At first we were thinking of all kinds of medical imagery but it looked too impersonal and not at all attractive to women. Notice the colors of our clothing in the back cover photo, maroon shirt for Mike and coral shirt for Alice with different color books around us. The cover colors should accent these colors. We look forward to seeing your creativity and expertise. As you are working keep in mind our main goal. Even though we are
describing marital emergencies, we want marriages and relationships to thrive. We want to help couples grow through their challenges, face their toughest issues and find the tools that will help them get unstuck. We can visualize happy, healthy relationships that benefit couples, their children, and everyone around them.