For me it’s the dreaded book blurb, which is just the fancy-assed name for a description of the story, the summation on the back of a paperback or on the inside flap of a hardback’s book cover.
If you’ve read any of my work, you know I’m a wordy girl. My stories typically run about ninety thousand words. And then, when it’s done (having gone through multiple edits and revisions), I get the unenviable task of trying to reduce that lengthy tale into less than five hundred words (the alleged proper amount as touted by all the writing experts), with enough detail and clues to tempt a reader to give it a try.
I mean, I understand (sort of). Because I read a lot as well, I’ve seen blurbs that run on and on…to the point I feel like I already know the full plot of the book—beginning, middle and end. Do I end up buying those books, though?
Because I already know the story pretty well.
Maybe too well.
But conversely, there’s the opposite. Where the description is only about ten sentences long. And for me, wearing my ‘reader’ hat, that’s not enough to get me interested (okay, let me hedge that by saying there are some truly wonderful authors who I don’t need to read the blurb in order to push Amazon’s ‘buy’ button).
Too short doesn’t work for me, although I might ask for a ‘sample’ of it.
But most times, I don’t.
So I’m asking for your help. I really want to get better at this writing gig—and the first order of business is in comprising the book blurb.
And I need your help to do it.
If you could just take a moment to read through the following questions and then comment on this post, it would go a long way in helping me learn how to do it right…done in a way you’d like to see them.
· What do you like to see when searching for something to read?
· How long is too long and how short is too little when reading the descriptions?
· Do you want to know the problems the characters will go through or must resolve by the end of their story?
Your thoughts and comments are both desperately needed and thankfully appreciated, because you, dear reader, are the reason I sit at my keyboard day after day. Let me know what you need.
Until next time…
Smiling and waving into the glorious Phoenix afternoon,