"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New cover


     Although I am very grateful to Wilmington College, Ohio, for initiating the publication of To Russia with Love a few months ago, the book I wrote when I was 17, I have redesigned the cover (with the help of my talented cousin Gina Sammis).
     I thought this one would create more interest and curiosity and make a stronger statement than the picture someone else chose of me writing my journal. (See below--what do you think?)
     Now all I have to do is understand the intimidating mass of information on the Lightning Source website for uploading this cover and we'll be in business--hopefully.
     Oh, and there is a 1-1/2 page foreword--making clear who and what the entire book is about!--which was left out by mistake and which the publisher needs to put back in.
     The price will still be $11.95 and all proceeds will go to Wilmington College Peace Center.
OLD cover


  1. I like the B&W cover better - the colour one screams 'self published'. Hope I picked the right one!

  2. Agree w/ Matt, definitely like the black and white one better. I don't care for all the pink on the original cover, to me it screams "silly teenage girl's diary".

  3. Yeah, all of the above. That's how I feel about it (besides the fact that the picture was printed from a slide, backwards--I'm not really left-handed).

    The book was not self-published (that is, by me); it was paid for by the university that initiated getting it published, but it amounts to the same thing. It was designed by amateurs, so, thankfully, it can be redesigned (for a fee)--

    --as soon as Jerry and I figure out how to use the publisher's Cover Generator, with its templates and laminate types and "price-encoding add-on portions."