|Blessing or Curse Anthology Cover|
My cover designer had already done the anthology's cover, and I was pleased with the result. Also, I'd promised everyone the anthology would be a sequel to Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, in my intended Always Young Trilogy. What should I do?
Well, I would not go back on my promise. The only solution would be to go the extra mile. Not only would I release Blessing or Curse as an anthology, but also, the short stories would be available separately.
I knew this decision would require extra time and effort, and necessitate pushing back the release date. Not only that, being retired, I couldn't afford to pay my cover illustrator for five more covers, though his fees are very reasonable.
Fortunately, I'd already purchased stock photos for each story. Still, I had to find a way to set up professional looking covers. Covers are not easy and take skill. Was I up to the challenge, and how long would it take to get covers done?
For the heck of it, I decided to experiment with Amazon's Cover Creator program. I found the program a bit limiting and would even stall at times, yet with some fiddling served the purpose well. I was able to choose from a variety of templates for each title, and from the chosen template I could also pick from additional formats. I must say I was very pleased with the results, which didn't take long to accomplish.. Unfortunately, I can't share the covers until the short stories have been released. Once that happens, you'll see them all over the place!
I'm halfway through the final edits on the fourth of the five stories, and have a few technical points to work out involving a possible Table of Contents for the anthology, then all will be ready. Readers will be able to pick and choose between the five stories, or go for the full load, which will sell at a bargain price. Here's a breakdown of what will be offered:
- Who'll Mend This Broken Man - Can Forever Young cure Diego's Parkinson's Disease?
- What I Did For Love - Is Forever Young the way for has-been model, Sherri, to gain fame?
- Too Much of a Good Thing - Is Forever Young the answer for Ezekial's E.D.?
- Suspicion - Doormat Dee Dee suspects her husband of cheating. Will Forever Young show him what he's about to miss?
- For The Love of Dog - Chicago cop, Mike, fears for the loss of job and dog if he fails a physical. Is Forever Young the answer?