Rev. Dr. Johnson attended Evanston Township High School. From there he went on to study at Illinois Wesleyan University. His professional education for his Doctor of Optometry degree was completed at the Southern California College of Optometry, now known as Marshall B. Ketchum University. Rev. Dr. Johnson received his Master’s degree at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. “I plan on leading a crusade against blindness due to age related cataracts. I’m able to do all these things because I serve a great God who does great things and He has allowed me to do great things,” commented Rev. Dr. Johnson. He has set up a foundation known as the Rev. Dr. Leonidas The Optometrist and The Miracle Eyes Foundation. See this web site for more information www.revleonidastheoptometrist.org. Due to his work demands – Dr. Johnson lives in both Chicago and Los Angeles.
Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
I’m a licensed optometrist. I’m also an ordained minister. I have spent my life helping people to see. Vision is what I know, vision is what I do. I’ve discovered something about vision that I believe will change your life. Next to life itself God’s greatest gift is sight - the key to this mysterious thing called life. I believe I can help you and many of your readers live a phenomenal life. Understanding vision is the key. I put this key, life transforming information in the form of a book, Phenomenal Vision Eyesight to Life Sight, so I can help people with their vision of life.
I believe I can help you see yourself and the world God created more clearly and in a new light. I believe this new perspective will lead to a more fulfilled, productive, and meaningful life.
Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?
I submitted my ideas and sample manuscript to Christian Faith Publishing. They reviewed it, accepted my proposal, and agreed to publish my title. I signed a contract, which included an initial payment, to have it published. We went through several editing versions. When I was satisfied I finalized the edited manuscript. After the editing was done we moved to the book layout phase. I wanted to include a lot of colorful illustrations. I wasn’t sure if I was going to need to get an illustrator to do all the illustrations. The publisher referred me to a large library of illustrations. I was able to find and select the illustrations that fit my project. Some of the illustrations needed to be customized and modified and the publisher was able to that for me. We went through a few version of the layout phase before I finalized the layout. After the layout phase we moved to the cover design stage. Once the cover design was done and the final version of the book complete, the book was made available for on demand printing. The conversion process to the electronic book format took another 8+ weeks. iTunes took the longest to get approved.
How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?
I didn’t come up with the title right away. I played around with a few ideas at first. As I started writing the book it became clearer to me what the title should be.
Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?
I selected and submitted a couple of images and ideas to the publisher to consider for the book cover design. When I was looking through the catalog of illustrations for the interior illustrations for my book I came across a few images I thought would be good for the cover design. The publisher looked at what I submitted and came up with a design. I liked what they came up with. I just made a few minor adjustments to get to the end product, the final cover design.
Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?
I used the publisher.
How was your experience working with the designer?
I was able to make suggestions and changes before I approved the cover design. I felt like my input was welcomed and acknowledged.
What has been the readers’ response to your cover?
So far, I have had nothing but good responses to the book. The book was just released so I don’t have much reader feedback yet, but my prepublication book reviews were very positive.
What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?
Work with a professional. Work with someone who is open to your vision and ideas but who will give you professional advice based on professional experience and best industry practices. The cover design so very important to the success of your book.
Anything else you’d like to say about your book?
This book will change your whole outlook on life. It can change your life, for the better.