martha.holmberg got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a modern, tasty cookbook cover and page design
Check out martha.holmberg's Book cover contest…
Food & Drink
I'm a food writer who has published many books in print with traditional publishers. I'd like to experiment with e-books via Amazon, to try to understand that market.
What's your vision?
I want a cover and a few interior page designs for an e-book cookbook, to be published using whatever is the current Amazon self-publishing platform. I hope to work with someone who is familiar with this type of product. This first book, which is on salads, will be a prototype for what I intend to become a series, so the design needs to accommodate various topics. All the books will be very short -- 7 to 12 recipes -- and priced accordingly. I need 1) a cover, 2) a table of contents 3) recipe pages that would include a lead photo, recipe title, head note, ingredient list, and recipe body copy, plus some bonus "note" type things. I believe the final files should be pdfs, but I will need a flexible template, in Word or Pages, so that I can build out the whole book and future books. Bonus points will go to the designer who has worked with KDP or whatever the current platform is. I want some guidance ! The look should be very clean and fresh, mass-market but contemporary...think J. Crew, The Kitchn.com, Madewell. But nothing uber-trendy, because I want this to be an evergreen series. Please no heraldic shield-type designs! The cover can be all typographic or can incorporate photography. This first book has 7 nice recipe photos and I have a lot of fairly high-quality food photos, as in fresh ingredient portraits etc.
From what I can tell, most self-published cookbooks on Amazon are pretty crappy, probably done by people in a rush to shovel some content into the space. My point of differentiation is that I'm an award-winning food writer with really great recipes and photography. I want to experiment to see whether I can market those virtues in a very simple format to a wide enough audience to make significant sales. As a point of reference, my current publishers are Chronicle Books, Artisan, and Short Stack Editions. That's the aesthetic I'm looking for, however I'm looking for volume sales, so mass-market is good.
US$299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at £239.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
martha.holmberg collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
I have loved working with Suzena on all my creative projects for two years, with my cookbook, "A New View of Healthy Eating," business cards, posters, and new 7 Day Plant-Based Challenge. Her work is very creative, clean, and always right on the strategic direction for my company and brand. I will continue to work with Suzena and totally recommend her to my entrepreneurial friends. Melanie A in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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