I would like your feedback.
Hopefully, in February or March of 2019, I will publish A Companion for the Hospice Journey. It includes essays I’ve written over the years about hospice care along with material created specifically for the book.
Right now, illustrator and design artist Tami Boyce is working on the cover. She has provided me with two choices. At this stage of her process, I need to provide input about changes and also decide which cover theme to use.
I have posted both covers. One obviously at the top, the other at the bottom. Which one do you prefer? Why? Any suggested changes in wording or colors or . . . well, I’ll leave any and all comments up to you!
As you ponder the “best” cover, my hope is that Companion will interest these potential readers:
- Individuals or families making decisions about hospice, in particular those that are reluctant towards, ignorant about, or resistant to “comfort care.”
- Professional hospice/health care staff that would use Companion as a resource for potential or current hospice patients/clients.
- Patients and families currently in a hospice’s care who seek understanding and/or information.
One of the many cliché used is, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
But we do, don’t we?
I am not a famous or infamous celebrity and my name recognition won’t cause many folks to buy or share Companion. I’ve had several wonderful people read a draft of the manuscript and they are willing to provide blurbs—give a recommendation—to encourage readers to check out Companion. I am confident that some may buy this book because a Dr. Porter Storey, Armen Bacon, Elaine Mansfield, or Nancy Hinds said it was worthwhile. (Those four listed have generously and thoughtfully read a draft of the book and will recommend it.)
And so, for an unknown guy like me, covers do matter! I look forward to what you might suggest. Thanks for any help you can give to my efforts . . .
Speaking of thanks, I hope you are able to have a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving 2018! Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many. All religious traditions can comfortably participate. Those without any religious interests can find meaning in its emphasis on gratitude. A focus on gathering friends and family around a table highlights the powerful simplicity of sharing and caring.
But Thanksgiving is also—especially for those in hospice care, for those grieving a beloved’s death—one of the toughest holidays. An empty chair is heartbreaking. A table with fewer place settings means more tears.
I am grateful for you, for each reader, for being my companion on this journey.by