I’m Getting a New Look!

A friend recently asked me, “So how do you re-release your book?”

It was a great question, so I thought I’d take time this morning to explain.

First, per my new publisher’s recommendation, I re-visited Tears of Min Brock.  I edited it to make it read and flow faster, sprinkled in some description, and added a bit more expressiveness with the characters.  I finished this portion last week and now the publisher and editor are going through it.  Once done, they’ll pass it back for me to tweak.  I love the fact that I get the opportunity to make my writing (and storytelling) even better.

Next, we’ll meet to discuss the cover.  Now to be honest, I like what I currently have, so it’s difficult for me to “see” anything else.  But I’m going to the meeting with an open mind and hoping to catch the vision.  After all, this is to discuss the plan for all four books, all of which are written (but unedited.)

After that, it’s in the hands of the publisher and I do the most difficult of tasks.

I wait.

I’m hoping we’ll have this turned around by end of summer, maybe sooner.  But I know how life can bog down the most prudent of plans.

So there you go!

I’m excited to get a new look and hope you will be too!


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J.E. Lowder

I've played bass for Shania Twain, had a black rhino charge me while on safari, and I've been in the Oval Office. In high school, I went backstage to interview groups like Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas, sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson! As an author, I draw from all these experiences (and then some) when crafting my stories. The quote that sums me up the best is by G.K. Chesterton: "Nay, the really sane man know that he has a touch of the madman." I'm married, the father of four wonderful children, and a proud grandfather. I currently live near Nashville, TN where I write, bike and am always on the prowl for adventure and stories.

11 thoughts on “I’m Getting a New Look!”

  1. I really do love that cover. You couldn’t have chosen a better one for your book. Good luck with getting the new release out. Waiting is the hardest part. I’m doing that now while my latest beta reader has my MS. Unfortunately, she has a lot going on so it’s going to take awhile. Having worked on it for so long, I’m just ready to be done.


  2. That’s an interesting process. Sounds like this is going to be a great direction. I look forward to seeing the re-release as well as the new books. Also, to be completely honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the original cover so I am excited to see what your art team can cook up.


      1. My personal, picky opinions:

        I think your cover should be limited to one or three solid colors. The cover itself would be one color (let’s say dark purple) and then the font would be another (goldenrod?). Then I would suggest creating a simple design in the same color of your font (or in a third solid color, like a pale yellow or white).

        Title should be more symmetrical and not italicized. The design could still be the tree enclosed by the tear drop, but instead of it being photographic (like it is in the original) have it set in a solid design. Something like the original “Hobbit” cover only not as busy.

        Some subtle gold leafing would be awesome if you do a hard cover.

        I do like that the original cover is monochromatic (for the most part) and I think you should keep that idea. Just change colors from book to book. Tolkien had a variety of book covers, but the DVDs have the “Fellowship” green, “Two Towers” red, and “Return of the King” blue.

        You’ll figure it out. Just remember that less is more.


      2. I appreciate the input. Not sure we’re heading quite like the “Steppenwolf” cover, but it will be different than the tree…I think.

        We definitely will be doing a color “feel/theme” per book, sort of like the seasons. More to come…


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