Monday, May 01, 2017

Genesis Trilogy Publishing News

As many of you know, I write fiction under my own name, Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, and my (most likely) better-known pen name, R. J. Larson.

Bear with me, R. J. Larson readers--I'm stepping into Kacy-mode to share some news.Moody Publishers has returned rights to me for The Genesis Trilogy, which includes The Heavens Before, He Who Lifts the Skies, and a Crown in the Stars.

What does this mean? Well, it's the publishing world's version of having your kids return home after a LONG and fascinating journey. They show up at the door with a ton of laundry, expecting to relax. Being a mom, however, I'm encouraging them to keep their work ethics in shape, and to tackle that laundry!.

The Heavens Before, 1st edition
Because reversion of rights from publishers rarely includes the right to use the books' original cover designs, I'm currently designing my own. In other words, over the next few months, I'll be sending my bookbabies out again, repackaged and re-proofread. They'll look a bit different, but still pay homage to their first editions in style and storyline:

 For example, here is the original version of The Heavens Before, a novel inspired by The Genesis Flood:

Below, is the new cover for the revised/repackaged edition:
I'm encouraged--the Blogger program evidently realizes this is the same book; it just attempted to merge the covers' captions together.

The Heavens Before, 2nd edition

Are they similar enough to avoid confusion?
Dear Readers, what do you think?

Blessings, Kacy/R. J.


Bookishqueen said...

I don't know that they are much alike, but I like the new cover better. Not only is it more appealing, but it tells more about the story. I never would have guessed that the first one had to do with the Ark.

Celia said...

I think they are similar enough. The coloring, a girl, water--even the fonts. I totally agree with BookishQueen that the new cover is more appealing and tells more about the story. I like the new cover a lot better, too. Now I have to buy the new edition as well, just to have the pretty, new covers. :D

Polaris Northstar said...

Yay! SO excited for new covers!!! I have all the old ones, it would be AWESOME to have the new covers along side them!!!
By the way, the books were totally awesome!!!!

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

Bookishqueen, My dream-cover for The Heavens Before was to show readers Annah's first glimpse of the ark--her bare arm adorned with wedding gold, pushing back tree branches to see the ark looming over the Lodge of Noakh against a verdant field against a glowing pink-tinged sky. Still love the idea, but had to work with the images shown, from Shutterstock. :)

I love making book covers!

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

Celia, I was delighted that the ark image blended as well as it did with the upper image, and that the fonts were similar.

Thank you--I'm so delighted to have the chance for this redesign.

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

Polaris Northstar,

Thank you!!! The Genesis Trilogy came together so quickly that it stunned me. Even the obscure info I needed for research seemed to fall into my hands as I needed it. The Lord is so Good and faithful to the smallest details!

Polaris Northstar said...

That's Amazing!!! And I saw that you also used Answers in Genesis as a resource (totally love them!)!!!!
Wait, are you going to re-publish these yourself (are you going to self-publish)?

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

Polaris Northstar, yes, I'm re-publishing these as soon as I finish building the covers, and reading through the manuscripts. Hope to have all three verified by Amazon and published under my own "umbrella", so to speak, before the end of the month. It's a bittersweet time. I enjoyed working with Moody Publishers, but I'm equally happy to have these returned to me. :)

Kacy Barnett-Gramckow said...

By the way, yes, I LOVED answers in Genesis!
Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study, by John Woodmoorappe was/is also excellent.