I’ve done it again

Take-the-Next-Exit---Paperback-1-450pxOkay – this is the umpteenth, zillionith time I have changed the book cover – but I am sure I am coming in on the home stretch now. New title and new cover.

I decided I want to move away from the “Not Me” title – and also be more clear about what the book is about. So I hope this is it! It is not me on the cover but it could certainly be me and Pudge. It fits and I like it.

What do you think?

 

 

 

38 thoughts on “I’ve done it again”

  1. I love the cover but wonder why it seems like TWO titles. how about just : My Journey into and out of the Monastery. the exit thing seems superfluous.

  2. Hi, Patricia – I love it! I agree with your decision to drop the old title and find a new one. The new one is compelling and intriguing.
    The picture is also very good and just looks very natural with the title.

    Wishing you all success in this venture!
    Roberta Lawrence

  3. I like the title verses the other one. But would like to see your picture and pudge then it will be more of a reality in relation to the book on your life. keep the settings just replace her for you & pudge. I celebrate you in all your work. This a wonderful natural talent. Have a great blessed week Siochan Agus Maitheas Kathy OFS

  4. Hi! Patricia,
    I wondered why the two titles? The book is about your journey into and out of the monastery. It means
    a eventful life”
    Could your name be where we could see it a little more? Is it my eyes (80 some) ? You,re working very
    hard on this book,keep up the good work!
    Your Canadian fan, Geraldine Nelson

  5. Like the title & cover but put you and Pudge on the cover. Great job I enjoyed what I read. It is inspirational. I think your journey is everyone’s journey. We stumble then get up and try again.
    God is present in every footstep.

  6. sorry, Patricia I can’t agree w/ other opinions……# 1, why mention the word ‘monastery’ at all?’…are you targeting a specific audience?….why limit it?…the sub title is too long therefore not ‘catchy’…something like ‘doorways of change’ to connect with the ‘exit’ word there….also, the girl in the picture with too much skin showing for a ‘monastery title’…or, even for your story….looks like you left the monastery for a dramatically different lifestyle…unless it’s intended to be an attention-getter…which is totally unnecessary for you…your story deserves more than that…..my humble opinion…

  7. I like the new cover, but I still think you should have a picture of you and your pets, as the story is about you. I also agree with maybe just having the title “My Journey in and out of Monastery” would be enough.

    I guess it’s up to you in the end to determine what you want.

    Great job

    Karen

  8. Yeah, I REA:L:LY like this one the best so far.
    It has got to feel really right for you though….Good luck…R

  9. I think you should have the different pics of you on the cover today, monastery time, the Navy, etc.

    The title is nice, yet it is your journey of life, so, not sure if you are changing gears and concentrating more on your time in the monastery and after the monastery, or are you still addressing the anger issues or do you want to address the anger issues or the addictive personality issues, not sure ? It seems to be more about someone who went into the monastery and left, which is what you did, but you are so much more than that and your journey has been so much more.

    Hope this helps. Hope I make sense ?

  10. Patricia, you do it as many times as you need to, to make yourself happy with it, because at the end of the day it will have your name on it and only you will have to live with it. That said, me no likee. First: If there is a word you have clung to these many years that I have read you on and off, that word is ‘JOY”. The previous cover conveyed that to me in the bright colors, but I’m sure there are other ways to convey it as well, without having to use the word. Second and Third; I feel that as Christians our focus is or should be Our Creator and our reunion with Him at the end of our pilgrimage through this life. Therefore I feel that as Christians we don’t ever ‘exit’ but rather go through, learn and grow. I have no objection to the second part of the title that I can voice, especially without having read the whole book, because it may well be that what you state in your title is what your book is about and that’s valid. None of us can write our faith journey with a final point unless we’re writing from our deathbed, it’s always a work in progress. Anyway those are my impressions, but as always my best advice is talk it out with God and whatever makes you comfortable with Him, that is right even if it seems wrong to the whole world as the only one we need to please is Him. May He Bless You and make your labor fruitful.

  11. Sorry Patricia but I’m not a fan of this picture or the title. But as far as the final decision goes, it’s you all the way!! Strange how we all have such different likes and dislikes.

  12. I love the title and I love the picture. I think the word “exit “is very appropriate. The picture is a woman looking down the road. Often when we are on the road, we take the next exit and that usually helps to bring us to the place where we need to be. Kind of makes me feel like the dog represents her little guardian angel along on the journey. And I don’t think she showing too much skin. Looks like a lovely summer day. Rock on Patricia!

  13. I like it ,Pat . I also think it will draw more readers than the other title . I,like others ,think the word ‘exit’ may not be the choicest of words ; perhaps , saying ‘take a different fork in the road’ would be more what you have done . I would like to see your picture with Buddy and Pudge on the cover ,perhaps , in profile ,looking down that same road ,rather than that unknown lady doing so . I DO like that ;but ,I’d prefer to see you . After all ,it’s your story ;it should be your picture .And ,your animals always come into your stories – they’re family ! I know my dog , Jock is a member of my family ,also ,here in Canada, on the eastern coast ! Whatever you do ,I’ll like . After all , it’s YOUR book , YOUR life . But I’d like to see YOUR picture on the cover !
    Hugs , Jo

  14. Dear Patricia,

    Agree your cover seems like a great idea. Can’t wait to purchase your book.

    Please let me know if you received my personal envelope in snail mail with cash???? Just a little something extra just for you. Don’t expect a special thank you, e mail will be fine.
    Love and Prayer’s,
    O’Nell

  15. I love the new title but a picture of you would be better.I like take the next exit ,it makes you think where is your God leading you. Where is the next exit going.Anne OFS

  16. I liked the other cover better…maybe the change in title is ok, but I liked the colorful cover better…the new one does not depict you…use the other cover and the new title….the other one is more noticable and I feel drawn to the colorfulness and the pictures….like I said, the title could be the new one…

  17. Definitely better but, not there yet. Detours on my Journey would not be exactly it either but, you have definitely been on a journey giving you many different life experiences. Your journey has been a spiritual journey which you may wish to mention keeping it brief. You are the best judge of what you wish to communicate in the title.. MY Spiritual Journey with Many Detours

    People who have either seen your books or have purchased them may remember your name but, most will recognize your picture with or without the habit Consider putting a picture of yourself next to your name on the cover. The title and cover should be an attention grabber. Enticing people to pick it up and read the inside flaps or the back cover. Once they do that I am sure most people will purchase your book. Non-Christians may purchase it just to find our more about people who have been in the religious life and where their journey has taken them. God may be working through you with this book.

  18. Definitely better but, not there yet. Detours on My Spiritual Journey may not be exactly it either but, you have definitely been on a journey giving you many different life experiences. Your journey has been a spiritual journey which you may wish to mention keeping it brief. You are the best judge of what you wish to communicate in the title. I like the picture on the cover but, it is not you. The woman and dog appear to be waiting for someone to return home like a solider or just sitting and day dreaming.
    People who have either seen your books or have purchased them may remember your name but, most will recognize your picture with or without the habit Consider putting a picture of yourself next to your name on the cover. The title and cover should be an attention grabber. Enticing people to pick it up and read the inside flaps or the back cover. Once they do that I am sure most people will purchase your book. Non-Christians may purchase it just to find our more about people who have been in the religious life and where their journey has taken them. God may be working through you with this book.

  19. I like the new look. I can take a pic of you and the kids. It would fit nicely. I am not sure about the subtitle either like someone else mentioned. I wonder if there is a broader subtitle that isn’t specific to the Catholic faith that would broaden your audience a little bit more. But then that is what the book is basically about. So maybe you are right on the money here. Just some ramblings from your sister, and what does she know?

  20. I prefer the old way of bringing up the games and puzzles…I don’t like the new way you have designed it….took a while to figure out how to get the games up….

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