Size- 8.5x11 to correspond with Kenny's notebook, where this idea started. The reflections inside can look like people have written in Kenny's notebook. We intend to choose a casual font for the text.
I would like to have Kenny's words in his handwriting on the cover for the title. I have attached a scan of that image.
I would like to have something that represents the FDNY on the cover because that was a big part of who Kenny was. Plus, people like firefighters and it should have appeal. I have attached a scan of the patch of Kenny's firehouse Ladder 116, the Flaming Skulls. I also attached his gold Maltese cross that he wore with his badge number. I envision that red could be a good color for the background as another nod to the Fire Department, but I am open to suggestions here.
We have many communities represented in this book: Kenny grew up in Astoria, Queens and has maintained relationships with those childhood friends. They spent a lot of time in Astoria Park playing basketball and he played high school basketball for Power Memorial High School, which was a powerhouse for high school basketball in his day. Basketball is an important thread in this book and that might want to be represented on the cover too.
Our Christian faith was a key reason why we were able to approach our difficult life the way we did, why Kenny was able to endure his suffering well, and why our sons and I are doing well now. Faith in Jesus Christ is an important message.
Other communities that speak in the book are
• St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish – our church
• Brewster, NY Community, especially Brewster Little League. Kenny was a baseball coach for many years and many adults and children were impacted by Kenny and spoke for the book.
• Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – medical professionals from here and other medical practices spoke for the book and want to get this book into the hands of their terminally ill patients.
I do not want you to be limited to this idea, but I found a book cover that might be one idea for my cover - I have attached the image of 21-Day Sugar Detox. It has a spiral notebook on the cover with images around it and the title is written on the notebook, like Kenny’s notebook page could be the cover of my book. The images around it could represent our communities. I do not want to be limited to this idea, but I thought it had some merit to consider.