Okay so this post is pretty much a rant, and I apologize in advance. I will also say that I am not writing this from simply a writer's perspective, but that of a reader's as well. So here goes....SYNOPSES/BLURBS
As a writer, I HATE having to summarize my story into the blurb/synopsis/summary that occupies the back of my books or the overview section on a website. All the time I spent carefully cultivating the scenes, and somehow I'm expected to condense all of that down into a paragraph or two?? Ugh. Yet no matter how much I hate it, it is one of the MOST IMPORTANT aspects of your book and let me tell you why...
As a reader, I don't just look for the pretty covers and catchy titles (everyone does it), I look for a gripping synopsis. I look for something that seems a bit original with some fire behind it. I look for something that sucks me in before I even crack open the pages. I look for that story that's going to make me forget my own name. In short, it needs to be well written and give just enough about the story to interest you, without giving away the house.
I've been perusing the "shelves" of both Kindle and Nook books and I'm coming across SO MANY less than impressive blurbs. I don't even want to give a book a chance if I'm not given anything to hold onto before it's even begun. How am I supposed to be interested in a story that's blurb has an internal monologue of Ben Stein?
I mean, come on, folks!
I know, I sound harsh, and I'm sorry, but if you're in this business with the **dream** of having anyone purchase and enjoy your stories and worlds, you need to find a way to capture them! I'm not saying that ANY of my blurbs are perfect, because I'm not a perfect person, but their internal monologue is at the very least Moviefone Guy (did I just date myself?).
Anyway, the moral of the story is to think about what draws you into a book. Do you only read the blurb and decide or is there more? Do you not even look at the blurb (gasp!)? Whatever hooks you in, will likely hook in others as well. Make sure you present your best product to the world, with all the bells and whistles in your power, and you will be rewarded!!
'Til next time!
I'm a writer, a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. My journey as a published author is in full swing and I'm inviting all my friends along for the ride!