The author says:
Hi, I am the author of this book. This is not ready for publishing cover, but the design is (hopefully) complete.
About the book: This is a non-fiction memoir about a 600 mile hike whilst coming to terms with depression. The hike took place in 2015 in Scotland. Target audience both male and female, ages between 20 to 60, those who enjoy outdoor adventures, and those seeking help with depression.
I don’t really have any complaints as far as the technical aspects; a thin gray border would keep the white of the cover from bleeding continuously onto the webpage background, and I’m not a fan of the mottled toning around the figure, but neither of those is a big concern.
The bigger problem is the mood — something about the whole layout and color scheme leans more toward “comedy” than “depression memoir.” Obviously, since that’s a photograph of you at the time, you’re hampered in how much you can switch it around; my instinct would be to have a figure seen from the back, with a Scottish landscape in front of him fading into muted tones, and the words showing up white.
But maybe there’s more wry humor in here than you let on. Or maybe the other commenters will have opinions at odds with mine.
(When I read your description, I turned to my wife and said, “I’m not sure that Scotland is what I’d hike across to battle depression, unless I was trying to replace it with poignant melancholy.”)