ISI Books is looking for a cover design for the latest book by bestselling author Rodney Stark. The book is *The Triumph of Faith: Why the World Is More Religious Than Ever.*
*Important note*: This is NOT a "religious" book. It is a current affairs nonfiction book by a bestselling author and scholar. In it, Rodney Stark debunks the widespread myth that people around the world are abandoning religion for secularism or even atheism. In fact, Stark demonstrates--using survey data from 163 nations--that the world has never been more religious.
That said, the target readership for this book is likely to be religious believers, who will welcome this message as good news. People of faith often feel increasingly under attack by a growing secular movement. So the cover should convey "The Triumph of Faith" as a positive development.
*Final cover files should be delivered in Adobe InDesign.*
TITLE: The Triumph of Faith
SUBTITLE: Why the World Is More Religious Than Ever
AUTHOR: Rodney Stark
AUTHOR LINE (to go in smaller type below his name): Author of <i>How the West Won</i> and <i>The Victory of Reason</i>
TRIM SIZE: 6” x 9”
It's best to start with what we DON'T want:
Again, this is NOT a religious book, so we DON'T want things like the rays of the sun breaking through clouds, a solitary figure standing on a beach or mountaintop, footprints in the sand, or anything else that might suggest a Christian bookstore offering.
We also DON'T want anything to suggest anything particularly American. As the subtitle says, this book covers religion all over the world.
As for what we DO want, we want this to look and feel like what it is: a serious but provocative and even news-making book about the world today. The book's central argument directly challenges something that many people (secularists and religious believers alike) take for granted: that the world is growing more and more secular. The book is serious and written by a respected scholar, but it is NOT a dry academic book. See comparable titles below.
We don't have specific images in mind. We could imagine effective covers that use photos or paintings prominently, and we could also envision taking a more iconographic approach.
We definitely want strong, readable type. The author name should also be given some prominence (see author's previous titles below for examples).
COMPARABLE TITLES (not all exact comps, for reasons explained below):
--This is about the rise of religion in just one country; our book looks at the rise of religion throughout the world: http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Beijing…247948/ref
--This is about Christianity only; our book focuses on all different religions: http://www.amazon.com/The-Next-Chri…767467/ref
--This book makes the opposite argument to ours, as it's based on the idea that everything really is getting more secular: http://www.amazon.com/How-West-Real…474662/ref
--Same with this one: http://www.amazon.com/The-Cube-Cath…465092683/
AUTHOR'S PREVIOUS TITLES (note that most of these are works of history; this new book is different):