As you may have noticed, I haven’t been updating this blog as often as I used to. There’s a reason for this: I’ve been working on the cover for the e-book version of Jazz. And I need your help to choose one. Before I show you the covers, I have to give you a bit of insight into what the story is about.
Jazz is a novella I wrote back in April. I used it for inspiration during my blogging experience, because I wrote things as they happened. Now I’m at the part where I’m supposed to choose a cover, write a blurb, do the interior formatting, all that.
Jazz was pretty much inspired by a painting called Jazz Garage. It’s by a friend of mine, John Patterson. I mixed this up with a what if scenario inspired from my life, and after three weeks of writing I had this contemporary romance (sort-of) type of story about 32-33 thousand words long. After several re-writes and edits, the final product is around 27 thousand words long.
Of course, the painting, which in real life hangs in a living room here in Constanta, makes an appearance in the novella itself. That’s why, even though I’m a big fan of minimalistic covers, I chose to put the actual painting in the cover. It’s, more or less, a part of the story.
I even wrote a blurb. Wanna’ read it? Okay. It goes like this:
Set in Paris, Jazz tells the story of Chris Sommers, an aspiring writer from New York, who has always been irresistibly drawn to Amber, a mysterious and beautiful woman. She is the muse he has searched for all his life. It’s a fact, almost as irrefutable as the sun rising from the East. She’s always on his mind, always there, behind his words, trapped by a cage of punctuation marks. Then one day she leaves New York behind.
A few months later they meet again in the City of Light, where “years and years have accumulated, and now tragedies and pain reverberate across its cobblestone streets like a weary gust of wind, carrying with it an ominous melancholy.” But Chris is soon thrust into a world where everyone seems to be playing a dangerous and corrupt game and anything is permissible.
A heartbreaking portrayal of ambition, treachery, and deception, Jazz paints a deeply evocative tale in which even secrets that have been locked away inside the most hidden drawers of the soul will be revealed.
And now for the last cover I made:
So, please, help me pick a cover. Yes, I know I can’t write a good blurb, even though I’ve read everything that has ever been written about the blurb since the invention of the pen. Anyway, I’d like your opinion on these four covers, some suggestions, and, of course, I’d like to know which one, if any, you like best.