Cover Story – The Blue Pendant

Blue Pendant 1
#1

The Blue Pendant is progressing well. A little more work to do before the editing is complete but we are getting close.  I am excited about the title and several of you have asked me what was the rationale behind the choice of title The Blue Pendant.  Here is an explanation, without giving anything away, no spoilers.

Blue Pendant 2
# 2

Anna idolized her uncle, who was a world traveller. Upon returning form one of his trips, he gave Anna a gift of a blue pendant. To Anna the pendant symbolized her dreams and the challenges she faced to reach her goals of adventure and independence.

Blue Pendant 3
# 3

The next important task is the design of the book cover, for more on book cover design go to Just for Writers Blog,  The old saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ absolutely does not apply to actual books. You all know as readers, unless the book has been recommended to you, the first thing you do in a book store or online, is pull the book off the shelf and look at the cover. What does it say to you? Does it make you want to read the book?

I think the cover design should include the blue pendant. Anyone have any ideas? It would be awesome if the potential readers of The Blue Pendant contributed some ideas about the cover.

Which style of pendant do you like best? #1, # 2, or # 3

My questions to you:

  • What makes you pick up a book off the store book shelf or click online?
  • Does the cover give you insight into the story?
  • Do you prefer a simple, no nonsense cover, something abstract with meaning?
  • Or perhaps you prefer an illustration, a photograph and fancy lettering.
  • Or something in between.
  • What do you think would suit The Blue Pendant?
  • What do you hate about book covers?

Read The Blue Pendant, Synopsis, click here. Just for Writers Blog March 19, 2015

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Susan Jennings

Susan A Jennings: Author teacher and founder of Just for Writers providing workshops, retreats and groups for writers and founding member of The Ottawa Story Spinners a local writers group, who have published five volumes of the Black Lake Chronicles a collection of eclectic stories and articles. Susan likes to be involved in the local writing community and is currently the Past-President of Ottawa Independent Writers. Originally from the UK Susan is a long-time resident of Ottawa. She writes and publishes, short stories and cozy mysteries. Several of her short stories are e-published and the Blue Heron Mysteries, Books 1&2, which is a collection of Hannah Wilton (amateur sleuth) mysteries are available on Kobo and Amazon as e-books. Her new historical fiction, The Blue Pendant will be available as a paperback and e-book late November or early December

13 thoughts on “Cover Story – The Blue Pendant”

  1. Although I agree with the other things the previous person said, for some reason I prefer the shape of #2 and the inclusions in it. I’m not a fan of hearts in jewellery or of velvet bands but of course that is a personal thing.

    Cathy

    1. Thank you for your comment. It is looking like #2 is the favorite so far. The velvet ribbon is a sign of the era as pendants would most likely be on a black velvet ribbon as silver and gold were expensive in the early 1900s.

  2. Although I agree with the other things the previous person said, for some reason I prefer the shape of #2 and the inclusions in it. I’m not a fan of hearts in jewellery or of velvet bands but of course that is a personal thing.

    Cathy

    1. Thank you for your comment. It is looking like #2 is the favorite so far. The velvet ribbon is a sign of the era as pendants would most likely be on a black velvet ribbon as silver and gold were expensive in the early 1900s.

  3. I think I like the 3rd pendant best because, to me, all the little ‘dots’ could possibly indicate all the integrated experiences in this young woman’s life. And it, itself, has more ‘life.’ Perhaps it would be best with the black satin ribbon of the first pendant. Some books simply stand out. It can be because of colour, sophisticated design, quirkyness. It’s best when a cover causes you to think and guess what may be inside. For The Blue Pendant, I think the simpler the approach to the cover, the better. A necklace tumbling out of a jewellery box would be too, corny ~ too ‘romancy.’ But the pendant hanging on a simple hook, front and centre would seem best. I think the font should be something that might have been used at the time the book is set. In other words, nothing modern. Your name, below, in a simple, complimentary one. The background colour is very important. A pale grey would work. I also think a glossy cover would be best. Can be glossy card stock in a good weight, to save on costs. Just my thoughts, Susan. I hope they help.

  4. I think I like the 3rd pendant best because, to me, all the little ‘dots’ could possibly indicate all the integrated experiences in this young woman’s life. And it, itself, has more ‘life.’ Perhaps it would be best with the black satin ribbon of the first pendant. Some books simply stand out. It can be because of colour, sophisticated design, quirkyness. It’s best when a cover causes you to think and guess what may be inside. For The Blue Pendant, I think the simpler the approach to the cover, the better. A necklace tumbling out of a jewellery box would be too, corny ~ too ‘romancy.’ But the pendant hanging on a simple hook, front and centre would seem best. I think the font should be something that might have been used at the time the book is set. In other words, nothing modern. Your name, below, in a simple, complimentary one. The background colour is very important. A pale grey would work. I also think a glossy cover would be best. Can be glossy card stock in a good weight, to save on costs. Just my thoughts, Susan. I hope they help.

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