I hate blurbs. Ask Edie. She’ll tell you. 😉
I’m in the middle of filling out a book info sheet for STRIPPED when that scary section where I have to write a blurb for my story chopped me in the throat. It’s a necessary evil, if I want to capture a reader’s attention and hopefully make them shout, “I have to have this book!” Let’s face it. I can do internal and external GMCs okay, but when it comes to narrowing the story down into a few lines that will snag a potential buyer by the neck, I’m at a loss.
I’ve read some damn good blurbs, which made me want to buy books. I think the best blurbs I’ve read so far are those on the back of Carrie Vaughn, Bentley Little, and Kelley Armstrong’s books. I’ve never come across a blurb that wasn’t true to the story, so I can’t relate to anyone who has. Have you come across a blurb that has nothing to do with the story?
Anyway, a second part of the questionnaire was I had to come up with a tagline. Again, another hated ritual that is also a necessary evil. But here’s the part that I find ironic. Not only are we talking about loglines (taglines) in the online class I’m taking with Alex Sokoloff, but I think I’m pretty damn good with them when it comes to movies.
When it comes to my work, God help me. Seriously. I go completely brain dead with the gray matter oozing out of my ear and blood leaking from the corners of my eyes. I think I’ve come up with a good one for STRIPPED, though I had to look at a couple of movie-related taglines. Good old www.imdb.com. 😉 Whether or not it’s enough to keep the reader reading , I don’t know. I just hope it works.
So do you have trouble with blurbs and taglines? How about queries? If so, how long does it take you to work it out? Or, are you brain dead like I am and have your own Edie to help you out?