Calling all GCA graphic artists. The GCA Book project needs your expertise!
We need help coming up with a cover design for the GCA Book Project.
If you are interested, we are soliciting design idea proposals. This invitation goes out to anyone who feels capable of designing a fully rendered image file that would be print-ready.
DEADLINE: Since the design work will need to be reviewed and then revised at least once, all design proposals need to be submitted by January 15. Reviews are to be made during January and the winning proposal will be approved by the end of January.
SCOPE OF WORK: The overall design of a central image that would apply to the front and back of the book; a spine with a title that includes the GCA Logo; and the various text placements that would be required for a fully rendered (print-ready) image. The work can also include a coordinating black and white design for the inside Title Page.
RECOGNITION AND CREDITS: Cover design credit to be placed on the inside title page and on the back of the cover design
MONEY AND EXPENSES: This is a pro bono project; if you have any direct expenses that go into the development of your proposal, those costs must be approved in advance. The primary benefit to you is to receive a design credit on the book. We do not offer an award or a stipend for this work.
Each proposal should include:
Narrative: The proposal must include a narrative to introduce the thinking that I critical to the best appreciation of one’s design. Please include some language about what ideas are being communicated and what feelings are intended to be conveyed and embraced by the viewer. Please keep the narrative to 600 words. (Shorter is probably better here)
Image file (PDF or JPG) – at full scale and print-ready; the image file can be generated through any number of software programs but the output from them must be either PDF or JPG.
Each proposal must incorporate these specifications:
Image Size: The cover design is for a book that is 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches with a spine that can accommodate 120 pages (this is an approximate guess)
Print Specifications: A four-color design that can have image bleed as needed and that includes cover image text, a central image graphic. an ICBN Bar code (WITHOUT pricing)– A dummy ICBN number (to be updated; logo for the GCA placement on the spine and cover: (File attached); and a logo for GCA Press (separate logo file to be developed) placement on the back cover and inside; Additional text is spelled out below. All text and image specifications are subject to change (AND we hope they will not change ?).
Front Cover Text
Gay Coaches Talk Coaching
An offering of the International Gay Coaches Alliance
Back Cover Text
Marketing Top-level Classification: Management and Leadership
Marketing Sub-level Classification: Coaching and Mentorship
Connecting Wholeheartedly is an opportunity to hear from the gay men working on the front lines of coaching. Whether it is about gay aging, corporate glass ceilings, or the gay superheroes of success, here is a book that combines firsthand point of view writing with the more methodical observations of theory and practice writing. Throughout the text, you will discover the voices of committed practitioners who understand that coaching is a lifelong journey, which changes the gay practitioner and informs the receiving client in unexpected ways. Read this book with an eye toward the future. Coaching is itself, the living practice of change.
Imprint: GCA Logo
ISBN: TBD (no price)
Cover design credit
Inside Title Page text:
(this potentially could be updated for each release of the book)
Subtitle: Gay Coaches Talk Coaching
Descriptor: An offering of the International Gay Coaches Alliance The GCA is an international association of gay male coaches working together to empower vibrant practices and creative, impactful work across a wide range of specialties.
Editors: Adam Robersmith, Tim Kincaid, and Tom Keydel
Cover Design Credit: (as needed)
Target Audience: An international English-speaking audience who is curious to learn more about coaching and the expertise of coaches who happen to be gay. The dual aspect of learning and listening to gay coaches is both a place of connection and empathy and a place of deepening awareness for non-gay practitioners. We seek to have a broad impact across different identity groups.
Desired Impact: the desired impact being sought through our cover design: 1. heightened curiosity and a sense of openness and discovery and 2. A sense of diversity and cohesion. Where a professional journal might want to offer credibility and stability as a conscious message, here we would like to communicate diversity and cohesion.
To let us know that you are interested in participating: please send an email to:
Just send an email with the subject line: “Cover Design Proposal” and let us know: “You are interested!” If you have questions; please use that email address to let us know and we will answer back as soon as we can.