Title: Methods of Persuasion
Subtitle: How to Use Psychology to Control Human Behavior
Author: Nick Kolenda
Note to Designers: The strongest theme/message in the book is that there are several psychological forces guiding our thoughts and behavior everyday without our awareness. I considered illustrating that message by putting a person on the cover with some strings that were attached to him, controlling his movements (as if to give the impression that he was a "human marionette" and that his behavior was being controlled without his awareness). However, I don't think that illustration would work well because, although it's eye-catching for a mainstream audience, it doesn't maintain a professional-looking appearance for people in academia.
If you can somehow incorporate the idea of psychological forces guiding our behavior (an illustration that doesn't degrade the credibility of the book), that would be great. If not, then I would also be happy with just a textual design (i.e., no graphic elements on the front, just a neat and professional-looking arrangement of the title, subtitle, and my name, with a good color combination).
In any of the proposed designs, I would want the title "Methods of Persuasion" to be very large. My main distribution channel will be Amazon, so I want the title to be clear and visible, even in the small icons on Amazon's website (it might also make sense for "Persuasion" to be the largest word in that title so that people can easily recognize the book's genre at a quick glance).
For the back cover, I'm uploading a promotional picture and the description that I want to use (please note that there needs to be room for a 2" by 1.2" barcode in the lower right hand corner).