I am publishing my first book, entitled, "The Pajama Philosopher - Making Sense of the Mystery of Christ."
Author, Brett Bonecutter
Illustrator, Steve Robertson
I am calling myself "The Pajama Philosopher," because:
1. I am not a professional academic. I am more of a "lay" person who loves the life of the mind.
2. I am primarily writing this for my four young boys, so that they have a resource to help them in their faith journeys. That said, it is not a children's book. It will be written at a late high school / early college level. I am also hoping that many people who are curious about Christianity will engage with the material.
3. I am getting up at 5 am in the morning before work to write - and I am writing in my pajamas.
4. I am weaving some of my own autobiography into the material. It is meant to be serious with a dash of whimsy.
I think the cover should have a light feel - not too heavy, but not silly. Maybe a little tongue-in-cheek, but not too much. I'm having fun with it, but it is a serious project.
The goal is to publish other books under The Pajama Philosopher brand, so it needs to be flexible enough to brand other subtitles. I am also going to establish a web presence, so the book cover elements and branding need to be transferable to the web.
I will be hiring a graphic designer for The Pajama Philosopher website, so someone familiar with both mediums may have a leg up.
I have different ideas for what might work visually. One is of Rodan's "The Thinker" dressed in pajamas... with a thought balloon over his head containing the subtitle - "Making Sense of the Mystery of Christ." I'm not wedded to it this imagery - it is just an idea.
It could also be a pajamaed-guy standing amidst the silhouettes of other great philsophers or religious icons. The Pajama Philisopher might be holding a cup of coffee in his hand.
Hopefully you get the idea.
On the back cover we need space for the blurb, some endorsements, and possibly for an author and illustrator profile / pic... along with standard space for barcode, etc.
Looking at a standard book format of 7x10 inches.