Thank you, Voters!
It was a close vote between #1 cover (blue) and #3 cover (yellow).
Some yellow cover voters said they wouldn’t consider reading the blue cover book…too scary, and made references to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Some blue cover voters said the yellow cover was too sappy, and looked like a book about fishing. They liked the blue cover because of the Detroit Zoo water tower on the back, and they liked it because it made them think of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”
A few people liked both #1 and #3. I didn’t know which column to put them in, and didn’t want to get in trouble for voter fraud, so I just left them off the chart. Sorry.
One person suggested combining the type face of #1 with the background of #2 and changing the color to green. Oh man, that brought back nightmare memories of advertising clients!
What to do? How do you please everyone?
ANSWER. I decided to publish the book with two covers, especially since opinions were so strong. I checked with Amazon. Yes, it was okay to have two covers. However, I’d need separate ISBN numbers and bar codes. Since I already bought ten ISBN numbers for $275 when I published, Intentional, a novel, in 2014, I still had plenty (seven). I did have to buy a new bar code for $25.
Then yesterday I got an email from Amazon saying they had changed their policy. It was too confusing for their customers if a book with identical content had two different covers.
So pick one?
Okay, so based on the votes #1 is the winner. Here’s how the votes went (note: I like making charts).
|Cover #1||Cover #2||Cover #3|
|1||Ann Amenta||Mary Epstein||Lee Burnham|
|2||Bonnie Schoettle||Dawn Taube||Mary Cay Deizt|
|3||Keith Brown||Barbara Woolf||Margarete Koenen|
|4||Nancy Massa||Laura Whitesides Host||Joy Powell|
|5||Judith Berk||Kathy Compton||Janette Andrews|
|6||Laura Lee||Isabell Bastien||Mary Roberts|
|7||Bill Jackson||Susan Kramer||Barbara Aylward|
|8||Katie Bogner||Carol Ann Arvan||Katie O Bogner|
|9||Susan Arnold||Kim McLott|
|10||Lisa Crawford||Alison Rule|
|11||Theresa Rollins||Rosemary Sexton|
|12||Joanne Copeland||Treena Flannery Ericson|
|13||Lynne Ford||Alison Ruble|
|14||Chuck Taube||Annis Pratt|
|15||Mary Haddad||Sharon Weisswasser|
|16||Bob Piatek||Tom Kerwin|
|17||Gregory Szaichler||Ann Landen|
|18||Cyndi Chouinard||Jim Schoettle|
|19||Loretta Markell||Sal Fetter|
|20||Debra Friedman||Joy Row|
|21||Sue Schoettle||Dolores S. Slowinski|
|22||Christina Hill||Nancy Arnfield|
|23||Harah Frost||Todd Erickson|
|24||Theresa Rollins||Terry Jobe|
|25||Skip Davis||Ricky Winn|
|26||Ann Throop||Sharon Lowe|
|27||Colette Dywasuk||Kathy Holmer|
|28||Linda Mendelson||Carolee Perring|
|29||John Bogner||Carol Magee Medford|
|30||Betty Brownlee||Gary Gilbert|
|31||Laura Godfrey||Kay Rittinger|
|32||Deena Morguloff-Kachafoorian||Sharon Cleveland Nelson|
|33||Linda Parker||Veronica Deisler|
|34||Eileen Aboulafia||Carol Winslow|
|35||Rose Slover||Judy Amir|
|36||Fred Foley||Brenda McDonald|
|37||Carol Lee||Karen Tulin Schreck|
|40||Carol Fowler Pastrick|
|41||Samuel Keith Hays|
Hopefully, the book will be available by October 2, 2017 on Amazon, Kindle and iBooks.
I really do appreciate learning what you like. Thank you for voting.
And yellow cover voters…It’s really not scary. Will you consider reading it with its blue cover?