This will be a standard hardback trade publication, so about 6.5 x 9.5 inches, but obviously it will be full bleed, and the color and potentially the photo will need to bleed around for the dust-flap part of the book cover, the spine, and potentially the back cover as well.
Be sure that the design is flexible so that it can grow or shrink a bit, and don't have it too busy near the edges.
Also, once we have the cover we'll ask you to help with the spine, but that will be reflective of the cover, so let's do the cover first.
If you decide to use a photograph, make sure that it's either royalty-free or that we can purchase the rights for very little money.
The full text that must be on the cover:
The Future of Water
A Startling Look Ahead
Steve Maxwell with Scott Yates
Foreword by Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
The text of the second part of the title -- "A startling look ahead" -- may change so keep that part of the file editable.
I understand it's not much time to do a book cover, but what we are really looking for right now is just a concept that we like. There will probably be some follow up work for things like the spine, back-cover, etc. Also potentially for some of the inside elements.
Thanks very much and we look forward to picking a winner and seeing it on bookshelves around the world this Spring!