A Manuscript Gets a Cover

Even with all the work I’ve put into this project over the past few years, it’s funny how seeing the cover for the first time can finally make its impending publication a reality.  I absolutely love the cover and I hope you do as well.  The book is still slated for a spring 2012 release and I expect that it will be available for pre-order some time soon.  Thanks to all the wonderful people at the University Press of Kentucky for their continued enthusiasm and support.  Click here for more information about the book.

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  • Ed Sep 26, 2011

    Nice cover. Overall I like it, but I don’t see anyone dead, which I would expect given the subtitle. Is this some type of political correctness?

    I’m looking forward to reading it. Congratulations.


    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Plenty of dead people in the book, Ed. 🙂

  • Paul Taylor Sep 26, 2011

    Kevin – Congratulations! The cover is striking and nicely done. I’m looking forward to it!

    Best Wishes,

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, Paul.

  • Emmanuel Dabney Sep 26, 2011

    Getting pumped up, months ahead of schedule!

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, Emmanuel. I am hoping that the photo of you arrives today from PPI.

  • John Cummings Sep 26, 2011

    A long time in coming. I know you are pleased. I look forward to adding it to my collection.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, John.

  • David Silkenat Sep 26, 2011

    The cover looks beautiful! Congrats, Kevin!

  • Arleigh Birchler Sep 26, 2011

    Nice cover. Thanks for sharing. My housemate wrote a number of romance novels. She really wanted to get them published. She had one that got to the point of having a cover design. Then she got to read the changes the editors had made. She pulled her book. She is a stickler for spelling and grammar. The editors had turned the book into something written by a 13 year old. I am sure this will not happen with your book.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks for sharing, Arleigh.

  • Barton Myers Sep 26, 2011

    This looks great, Kevin! Congrats.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, Barton. I included your name as someone who may be interested in using the book in your class.

      • Barton Myers Sep 26, 2011

        Absolutely. You can count on it.

  • Michael Douglas Sep 26, 2011

    Man, I am waiting with bated breath for this book! By the way, I’m a graphic designer who does (among other things) book design (my favorite). This is very, *very* nicely done! Quite elegant, in the design sense of the word. You should be pleased. 🙂

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, Michael. I really appreciate the kind words.

  • Scott Manning Sep 26, 2011

    Great cover! Solid work. The appearance of both the Confederate and American flags will grab peoples’ attention.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Glad you like it, Scott. It works well alongside John Elder’s famous painting of the Crater, which is included and analyzed in the book.

  • Richard Sep 26, 2011

    It’s kind of hard not “to judge a book by its cover” at times, and this is one of those times. That is a very eye-catching cover. 2012 is suddenly not that far away. Good luck with it.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, Richard. I just hope the pages in between are as good. 🙂

  • Ray O'Hara Sep 26, 2011

    It may be piling on but it does look good and I’m looking forwards to reading it.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, Ray. It’s nice to hear that people are looking forward to it. Many of my regular readers have been with me from the beginning and have watched it evolve over the years.

  • Vin Sep 26, 2011

    Congrats! Books looks great. It is wonderful to see your name on that cover. Well done Kevin and best on your continued success!

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011

      Thanks, Vin. I tried to convince the publisher that we need a guitar instrumental as a theme song for the book. Didn’t work. 🙂

  • Jimmy Johnson Sep 27, 2011


    Outstanding cover!! Congratulations!!!! Looking forward to the fine read.


  • Woodrowfan Sep 27, 2011

    great cover. who did the painting?

    • Kevin Levin Sep 27, 2011

      Don Troiani

      • Ed Norris Sep 27, 2011

        Do you now own the original?

        • Kevin Levin Sep 27, 2011

          I have a framed giclee edition in my library, which is meant to look like a real canvas. Only 50 were produced.

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