A New Look

man silhouette at sunset lake, Norway

man silhouette at sunset lake, Norway

Reflections-cover low res-2From the Heart cover low res-2

I’ve received feedback from readers that the covers and titles of two of my books are so similar they’re causing confusion. Many people think they’re the same book:

Reflections of a Grateful Man and From the Heart of a Grateful Man.

Please take a look at the cover photos above next to each other and you’ll see what I mean. While I love both cover photos, I agree they’re too similar, especially with the titles being so similar as well.

Thanks to the encouragement and efforts of graphic designer Julie Pruitt I’ve decided to change the cover photo for Reflections of a Grateful Man to the first photo shown above. I love the new photo and it will make it much easier for readers to differentiate between the two books. Thank you for all the time and effort you devoted to this project, Julie!  Gail Nelson is completing the effort and the book should have the new cover shortly. If you prefer the old cover you might wish to buy it now. Who knows, maybe it will some day be a collector’s item. Did I just type that out loud?

Gail is also checking to see whether a new cover will require new  ISBN’s (that can be especially expensive  considering the two or three different book formats in which it will continue to be available.) I’m also concerned as to whether the book will lose the current Amazon star review rankings when the cover changes. I’d love to be able to keep the ones it’s already earned.

What do you think of the change? Do you have any information regarding my concerns mentioned in the last paragraph?

With Love,





About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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16 Responses to A New Look

  1. utesmile says:

    This is a lovely picture too. It might be more distinguishable , however i do love mine as they are. I love any tranquil picture.

  2. Norma Budden says:

    If you self-published your books, you shouldn’t have to worry about changing your book covers. I’ve done it in the past and continued to keep all of my ratings. The only problem is that, sometimes, the old covers still surface during a search when people look for your title.

    I don’t suppose you could combine the two books…Reflections from the Heart of a Grateful Man. Just an idea but I enjoy the covers as they are…like the two books belong together.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your feedback and suggestion, Norma. I’ve seriously considered combining the two into a single book, and am delighted that you like the idea. I’m leaning in the direction of doing as you suggest.


  3. I love the top picture Russ. ❤
    Diana xo

  4. russtowne says:

    That’s good to hear, Diana. Thank you for your feedback.

  5. Mrs. P says:

    I love the new cover..but I will keep the one I have…who knows what the future will hold. 😀 😀

  6. I loved the old covers and if it’s going to cause unwanted aggravation, I’d stick with them and use that beautiful new cover for your next book – because we know you have lots more books floating around in that wonderful mind, my friend! I

  7. ksbeth says:

    i see what you’re saying when you put them next too each other and i love the new cover idea!

  8. I would have to read the books in order for me to design the covers. I am a graphic designer also, and in my opinion, incorporating the text with the pictures so the two become a whole, portraying the most important message of the book or the most relevant message would create a more wholesome and refined appearance for your covers. Respectfully, Honeymoon Reader.

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