And the winning cover is!

By Mike Jastrzebski

Before I go any further I want to say that picking a cover for Stranded Naked Blues was hard. 38 designers submitted 318 cover designs. Now this included revisions on some covers, but still, that’s a lot of covers to decide between.

So what did I do? First, I turned to my wife Mary for help. We selected two covers by the same designer. One was for Stranded Naked Blues, the other was for a new cover for The Storm Killer. I held two polls over two weeks and many of our friends and blog readers contributed their opinions. By far the greatest number of votes went to the cover we chose for The Storm Killer. We chose this cover for The Storm Killer because the book is a darker thriller than Stranded Naked Blues.

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We chose the running man cover for Stranded Naked Blues because the book is slightly humorous, like Key Lime Blues and Dog River Blues, and we felt this cover is a better fit with the other covers in the series. Here’s the cover and the other covers in the series.

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Key Lime Blues-Apple Cover

Dog River Blues-Shrivener

Stranded Naked Blues will be available shortly.

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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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3 Responses to And the winning cover is!

  1. I was immediately taken by your chosen cover, but then… I was confused by the other choices shown and the comment that you had 38 “designers” submit covers. It seems like a real wheel-spin to involve that many people. Were they working for spec as in “show me first and if I like then I’ll buy”, or did they all have the same specs and concept to work from? Since you arrived at an effective solution, maybe the point is moot; but it might have been an easier job if you’d just chosen from known designers in your specific genre and mood. As both an old graphics guy and sailor, I can commiserate with you on how important it is to get it right, but I can’t imagine what it would be like to go through that much diverse noise to reach my goal. Congrats on having gotten there!

  2. Richard, sent you a reply by email, if you didn’t get it let me know.

  3. Gerald Dowling says:

    Mike, when I first saw Chris’s email announcing her use of the Image99 I was really surprised, and then you came along and did the same. I did like the ones you choose at the end. Gerald

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