Sunday, August 30, 2009
Show Me Your Blurbs
Hey all, I thought it would be fun today to do one of two things:
A)Post the back cover blurb for the book you're reading
B)Post the back cover blurb for the book you're writing
Now, not everyone is a writer here, so this would be a great place to share the sort of books you DO love to read, and why. Those of us who are writers and haven't written a back cover blurb, reading those posted by others will help you craft your own—and when you share, we'll all get a gander at what you've got going on.
If you're just now writing your own back cover blurb (or summary paragraph for a query letter) there's a quick easy trick to help you get the ball rolling:
The 3 C's
Character, Conflict and Conclusion
A grieving Cinderella does her best to embrace her step-mother and sisters, but when she catches the eye of the prince and falls in love, she comes to understand the only family she'll ever have is with him.
Okay, not so hot—but it's great at boiling a story down to it's basic elements and themes, which really helps when working on that blurb.
So okay, let's see your Blurbs! ;)
I'll post one from the book I'm reading:
Others by James Herbert:
"Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator, but like no other that has gone before him. He carries a secret about himself to which not even he has the answer... He is hired to find a missing baby. One that was taken away at birth... Or was it? His investigation takes him to a mysteriously located place called Perfect Rest. It is supposed to be a nursing home for the elderly... But is it? Here Dismas will discover the dark secret of the Others. And in an astonishing and spectacular finale he will resolve the enigma of his own existence."