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  • Writer's pictureLaura Perry

Who knew you could revise a coloring book?

Over the past couple of years, I've revised and updated two of my books and published second editions of them: Ancient Spellcraft and The Wiccan Wellness Book. It makes sense to update books like that when I've learned so much in the years since the first editions were published.

Then I received some comments that made me think about revising The Minoan Coloring Book.

A second edition of a coloring book? That's not something I'd ever really thought about. It seems kind of weird, even.

But here's the thing: When I first did the artwork for the coloring book, I got a lot of pre-publication comments from people asking that the images not be too complicated. "I don't want to have to use a microscope to color the pictures." That sort of thing.

So I did my best not to include too much tiny detail in the images, but I was careful to be pretty accurate to the original ancient Minoan art.

I think I may have overdone the simplifying part of the process. Though I've gotten consistent positive feedback about the coloring book, I've also gotten more than a few comments that some of the pictures are too simple.

So I'm re-working the art in the coloring book. I'm adding backgrounds and more borders to make the pictures more complex, but not so complicated that you need a magnifying glass (or a microscope) to color them. Here's some of what I've done so far:

Once I'm done with the interior artwork, I'll give the coloring book a spiffy new cover. If all goes well (gods willin' and the creek don't rise), the new second edition will be available in November, just in time for holiday shopping.

So if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to drawing... I have a coloring book to finish!

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