This blog is going to be a little different from most for me. I am hoping for some interaction and insight from all of you. I think it could be fun. Things are really starting to get exciting as the publishing process steams ahead. With it all being uncharted waters, each day comes as a learning experience but I enjoy that because learning has always been something I love.
I will admit sometimes when I am completely out of my element I get overwhelmed by a lack of insight. But after a few deep and calming breaths, along with a few days of procrastination, I can usually manage to dive into the process of learning about new things. And it’s amazing how rewarding it is once you get to the other side of the unknown.
My newest mountain to ascend is the world of book cover design. I never thought I would see a book cover with my name on it so when I was sent a few possibilities this week, it was quite humbling to see my name on the front, and so thrilling to begin to see a vision of where this will lead. I have told many people told since the beginning of this journey that I stand in awe of authors who have the creativity to come up with their own story line, who draw from the depths of their brains to craft something unique.
I feel honored to have the opportunity to share this story with people, and am thankful that I didn’t have to make any of it up. That is a very special talent. I had help with this book. I feel God definitely took me to a few corners of my brain to remember things that happened 20 years ago. Although I feel blessed to have a pretty good memory, long-term events have often escaped me. I remember little of my childhood. So the flood of details that came back to me the first day I began to write was phenomenal.
The whole point of this book is to inspire others with hope. But that cannot happen unless people read it. And for someone to read a book, sometimes they have to be drawn to the cover or the title. So here’s where I look to all of you. We all have our own ideas of what catches our attention and makes us want to see what a book is about. Sometimes it’s the coloring, maybe the imagery, and other times it may be the title.
When you hear my title, “Cancer on Monday, Dead on Tuesday, Home by the Weekend,” what do you envision? What would draw you in? You see this book is about a miracle from God, but it’s not just for Christians. It’s for everyone and anyone who wants to be uplifted. It’s about the difficulties in life, but also the joy through the tears. It’s about family and the unbreakable love for one another. It’s about hope, hope to find light in the darkness.
This story is meant to touch others but they will have to read it for that to happen. So if you are in a bookstore, surrounded by hundreds of books and don’t know the people in this book, what would make you pick it up? Would the title be enough? Or would it be the vision of what it may be about because of a certain picture on front? Or something else I haven’t thought to ask?
I thank you all in advance for your ideas, I know how important is to have a strong support system for books to be successful and I have felt that from the very beginning and welcome all ideas, you never know where they may lead.
WHAT DO YOU SEE? SHARE YOUR VISION.
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