Blurbs. How Much Weight Do You Give Them?

Along with covers, blurbs are the gateway to a book. Other than reading an excerpt, the only way you can judge a book to decide whether or not to buy and read it.

The only problem is, I’m terrible at blurbs. While I don’t think anyone enjoys writing them, I really have an issue. How can I reduce a book down to two to three paragraphs in order to convince someone to buy or read the book when I could carry on and on for hours about the book?

When I’m interested in buying a book I usually read the blurb and the first paragraph or so (if possible), because a blurb doesn’t always give a hint to the author’s writing style. Some blurbs are fantastically written but then book isn’t, while others are written poorly but the excerpts are fantastic and they’ve ended up being great books.

So, how much weight do you give to a blurb? When interested in a book, do you read the blurb and only the blurb? Or do you have a squiz at the first chapter?

Liia

 

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Priorities

Last week I scheduled a pitch with an agent and posted asking for some help. Since then I’ve spent all my time focussing on finishing and polishing my YA so I know exactly where the plot is going and don’t get hit with any surprises.

I’ve fixed my website up, updated blurbs and tried to make it look as professional yet casual as I can.

What haven’t I done? Organised my pitch! So tomorrow while I’m getting my hair done (the one luxury I allow myself) when I would usually have my nose shoved in a book or my Kindle, I’ll be writing my pitch.

But really, I have no idea how to talk up my book. I want to open with something that will blow this agent out of the room. Something that will catch her attention and make her want to hear more, not just have her listen because she has 10 minutes to go on our appointment.

So that’s what I’m going to be working on.. Nervously…

How are you all doing?

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Six Sentence Sunday – The East Willow Wolves

Today’s six is from my first Young Adult Urban Fantasy The East Willow Wolves (that’s a lot of capital letters in a row!) that I’m pitching at RT in Chicago in two weeks! Eek!

Anyway Enjoy!

I realised my hands were resting on his chest. Looking down, I started to pull them back but Riel gripped onto them, enveloping them in his larger hands. They were so soft yet strong. His serious eyes gazed into mine as he leaned down, his face inching closer to mine.

Butterflies thudded in my stomach and my breathing increased. I licked my parted lips and continued to look into his eyes, feeling entranced. 

Don’t forget to stop by the main Six Sentence Sunday site and check out other snippets from some wonderful authors and writers.

Until next time!

Liia  :smile:

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Whatchya Reading Wednesday

 

I just finished The Hunger Games. Wow. That’s all I have to say!

I wasn’t really interested in reading this, mainly because I don’t like dystopian, post apoc books, but I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I mean, millions of readers can’t be wrong right? Right! Suzanne Collins is such a brilliant writer, she has created the most brilliant, intriguing world. I adored this book and can’t wait to read the others!

Blurb

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place. 

 

So tell me… Whatchya Reading?

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I Need Help!

This morning it was brought to my attention that I leave got Chicago and RT in 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS!!

Needless to say I’m freaking out. I am actually promoting myself this year and pitching to an agent. Not just any agent. My dream agent! I’m going to be pitching my YA. Said agent reps some of my favourite authors AND even a twitter friend of mine. And she’s brilliant. One of the best in the business.

This means, I have 2 weeks to prepare a pitch not only selling my YA but selling myself. Previously I’ve just let my query letter and writing do the talking. I’m not good at talking myself up. Jokingly? Sure, I can blow hot air up myself constantly, but not in seriousness.

So I’m asking for help. Anyone who has pitched to an agent or editor, can you give me any advice?

I’ve got ten minutes to let this agent know that me and my first YA are different and worthy of her time and representation.

So… HELP!! Please! I’ll take any advice!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have two weeks to finish and polish up this YA *ducks to computer & starts typing madly*

Liia

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