What I’m Working On: Marketing and a New Book



This week, the marketing department from Kregel sent me a few pages of questions regarding my upcoming book. You may not realize that the publisher decides on both the title and the book’s cover. I have no problem admitting that I’m terrible with titles. In all the manuscripts I’ve written, there is only one with a title I’m really attached to and that I named completely by myself.

So, this is where we come to the point that The Lost may no longer be called The Lost. It’s kind of exciting. I feel like I’m about to get a great surprise. Of course, it’s also possible the book title will not change, and that’s good too. As you can see, I’m not real invested in this area.

The book cover is another thing. I’m fascinated by book covers. Some I love, and some I hate. There are few that don’t fall into one of these categories. More than any of my other stories, I’ve had a vision for what this cover would look like. But I’m not so great on the artistic design side. I’m even struggling to express the vision that’s so clear in my head. I’ve scrolled through hundreds of covers, and I’ve found a few to show as examples. I’ve also found quite a few books to add to my TBR (to-be-read) pile.

I have faith that the design Kregel decides on will be the right one. They’re professionals, and this is their area of expertise.

That brings me to the other things I’m doing.

I’ve replotted  an older manuscript which I’m pulling together in it’s new, better form. This is a bit tedious, but I’m pleased with the new story.

I’m also planning for November and Nanowrimo. I’m so excited to be participating with thousands of other authors around the world. National Novel Writing Month brings professionals and hobby-writers together with the same goal, writing 50,000 words in the month of November. My goal will be something more like 70,000, but you get the point.

The new story has me exploring topics like driving under the influence, dementia, and life transitions under the worst of circumstances. I look forward to weaving these threads together.

Do you have any book covers you love? Please, post a picture in the comments area.

Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Gramma

    Sure hope “The new story” paragraph above hasn’t been influenced by the experiences in our lives this past four months. The dementia might actually be a welcome addition.

    Can’t wait to see the cover and title of your soon to be published book.

    • Christina

      The story was plotted before the accident, and the situation is very different. However, the experiences of the last few months have sure made me think about the fragility of life and the realities of survival after a horrible and senseless loss.

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