First Look: The Cover of Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues

by Brett & Kate McKay on March 9, 2011 · 54 comments

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Our publisher recently finished designing the cover for our next book: Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues. While authors don’t get a ton of say in the design of a book cover, we couldn’t happier with how it turned out and we really wanted to share it with you. It’s pretty dang awesome:

The Manvotionals book is due out in the fall. Even though it’s an anthology-type book, Kate and I have worked ten times harder on it than we even did on our last book (which is saying a lot since we worked really hard on the last one!).

We’ll be bringing you more details about the book as we get closer to the launch date. You’re probably going to get sick of me saying this, but we’re really excited about it.

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nate Desmond March 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Congratulations! I am really excited also about seeing what you included in this book!

2 Frank March 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Looks like an excellent companion to the first one. Definitely going to be snatching this up as soon as you all get it published.

3 Heath Holden March 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Yay! I can’t wait.

4 Brubeck March 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Congratulations, guys! Here’s hoping ‘Manovational’ is part of many more books!

5 Kurt March 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Awesome! Excited for it to come out Bro. Brett!

6 Daniel Gordon March 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm


7 Marc March 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Yeah!! GREAT =)

8 Eric C. March 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Can’t wait for this book. In a society that is increasingly placing glory on foolishness (Tucker Max), this book on virtues is much needed for someone my age! (21) Thank you and keep up the awesome work!

9 Jack Roberts March 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Looks great! Can’t wait to see the book.

10 Vaughn Griffeth March 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I appreciate all the hard work you put into it, Brett and Kate. I’m looking forward to reading it!

11 Evan March 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Cant wait! Another great book to add to my collection! Thank you sir.

12 Ethan March 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Anxiously awaiting the release! I wish it could be sooner, because i’m also very excited for it. I love those manvotionals!

13 Simon March 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Awesome, I can’t wait to get my hands on this masterpiece!

14 Matt March 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm

All respect to you, and GL on the new book, but I must say I’ve never been a fan of artificial wear&tear/rustic design.

15 Sean March 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Looks great! I can’t wait for this one to come out.

16 Stephen March 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Cover looks great. Happy to see the theme carries on. Just read your last book a month ago, and look forward to the next.

17 Andrew March 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Cant wait. I’ll definitely be picking this up when it comes out.

18 Mike March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Looks great guys! I’ll be sure to pick it up!

19 Ray March 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Looks great.

20 Ryan March 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Way to go, Brett & Kate! I can’t wait to buy your book.

21 joel March 10, 2011 at 12:14 am

Looks great!
2 small things —
1) you may want to double check with a press proof, but “the art of” is getting a bit lost.
2) the space between the embellishment & A, and the embellishment and the E in the line “and advice” feels unequal, probably because of the negative space in the angular A. Just a hairline tighter and it’d be good.

Otherwise, PRINT IT so I can BUY IT!

22 James B. March 10, 2011 at 4:02 am

I’ll snatch one of these lookers up as soon as I can get my mitts on one.

23 Paul Kyriazi March 10, 2011 at 5:21 am

Outstanding cover. Good size for every word of the title. Definetly a ‘wisdom’ type of desing. It’s a great thing to have a new book coming out. Enjoy every aspect of it.

24 David March 10, 2011 at 5:33 am

Wow! Great work, and amazing cover. Whilst I’m at it, I gotta say, Brett and Kate, thanks so much for your work on this blog. AoM has grown with me over the past 2 years, and its fair to say that your work has encouraged, inspired and stretched me to become the best man I can be. Keep up the great work!

25 Zohaib March 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

Looks great, can’t wait to see what’s inside!

26 book publisher March 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

Congratulations guys! I Great job, can’t wait to see the book.

27 Wyatt Earp March 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

Looks GREAT, I too can’t wait to read.

28 Carter March 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

Looks like a good one. Can’t wait to get a copy!

29 GcRaya March 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

Is this another How book? I really like their stuff.

30 Austin L. Church March 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

Sounds interesting. I wonder if being able to write a good poem is right up there with butchering a deer? And showing courage in a situation where are people are despairing, along with romancing your woman? I’m always intrigued by different constructs of masculinity. They vary from culture to culture, era to era. Guess I’ll have to check out the book and find out for myself which one is up for discussion: Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina or Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly or both.

31 Guy March 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I agree Brett, the cover looks great. The color will also complement your first book as they sit next to each other on the book shelf.

32 Jerry March 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The cover looks awesome! I can’t wait until it comes out! Great job on the first book, by the way…

33 Jerrick March 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Looks great, Brett. I’ll be being a copy to go with your first book!

34 Jérôme March 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Looks great … :-)

35 EJ March 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Congrats, on your second book or have you done more? Anyway, look forward to seeing it in stores. i will have to travel a bit to see it, seems all the book store companies in my area are closing due to electronic book (ipads etc.) sales. For myself there is no replacement for a good book made of paper with a hard cover. I guess I’m old fashioned.

36 Mason J. Newark March 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

I like it, I thoroughly enjoyed your last book. Can’t wait for it to come out!

37 Gary Deagle March 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

Looking forward to this!

38 brian March 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

cant wait hurry up:)

39 Gareth March 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm

The cover looks awesome. I look forward to getting a copy of the book.

40 Jacob March 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

If we are judging the book by it’s cover here, this book is bound (get it?) to be great. Ok, I’m sorry for that.

One question though, will it be available in hard cover?

41 Tim March 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Can’t wait.

42 S Rod March 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Has the same lines of the web site design. I like it. Wish you would publish a date of sale and maybe some teasers.

43 jmarkalbright March 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I called Barnes&Noble but It’s not in their system yet when can we expect delivery? can’t wait

44 Brett McKay March 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for the support everyone.

Yes, it’s another HOW book. Hopefully it will be really well-designed like the last one.

Your comment on Bogart/Eastwood reminds me of a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time comparing the types of manliness represented by Jimmy Stewart and Steve McQueen. I think the book covers both types.

Our publisher doesn’t do hard cover, just soft.

@S Rod& jmarkalbright-
The book is still in the very early stages. We just finished the edits on it. So even pre-orders will be a few months away. We’ll keep everyone posted.

45 iStanski March 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

Can’t wait for this book to be published! Thank you, Brett and Kate!

46 ser March 13, 2011 at 4:41 am

I just have seen “The Art of Manliness” translated into Spanish! Sold in a bookstore of El Corte Ingles of Valencia. Cool!

47 Jonathon Seaborn March 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Thank you Brett & Kate for all of your hard work! I look for to getting it when it comes out.

48 Jonathon Seaborn March 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm


49 Samson March 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Sounds good, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been lurking for a little bit and enjoy your content. Can’t wait until details emerge, I might review it for my blog once I snag a copy.

50 Robert Pruitt March 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Count on my order.

51 Ashley March 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Sweet! Can’t wait to read it!!!!

52 Victor March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Congratulations on following your dreams!!

53 Levon Mkrtychev March 16, 2011 at 3:50 am

You two are great. Great examples of a happy couple and a strong man. Thanks for having this website up and keep up the good work. I espeically have this website close to my heart b/c I’m almost done with my undergraduate degree and plan on pursuing a JD/MBA joint degree. The fact that you started this business while in law school shows me that with dedication, discipline, and the courage to work very hard, you can achieve a lot. My friend and I recently started our own website about money management, the economy, and successful living. You are one of our role-models Brett. Thanks a lot! And everyone, please visit our new website and email us telling us what you think. Good advice from invested and intelligent ppl like you is so valuable and we appreciate every bit of it.

54 Jeremy March 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Just let my wife know it’s coming. My birthday is in November, so I will be expecting it!

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