Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Blurbs

Ah, book blurbs. The sweet little tidbits on the backs of books meant to draw you in with their alluring teaser to the story contained within. Oh, how much I hate writing them. They can be both the delight and bane of authors.

My problem with writing blurbs is that I want to talk about everything I think is exciting and awesome in the book. Unfortunately, that would give far too much of the story away. And so there I sit in frustration trying to hint at the story and get the perfect wording. Writing and rewriting the blurb several times, oftentimes with multiple versions, I then run them past my poor unsuspecting family and friends. More than once my husband has looked over at me while writing them to find me like this:
It's funny how writing the book itself can frustrate me to no end sometimes, but yet seems like a walk in the park compared to writing two or three little paragraphs of a blurb. After writing and rewriting a blurb, I'll come to the one I think would be the best and sit on it for a bit, reading it over several times to see if I like the wording. I'll admit, I get really excited when I believe that I've finally got my blurb perfectly decided.
Most of the time, feedback from family and friends on the blurb is good. Sometimes suggestions are made, like alternate wording choices or to leave out one of the sentences because it might just spoil too much. Other times there are massive change suggestions that leave me having to decide if I want to follow through with the suggestion or leave it as is--which I might personally think works better.
Currently, I have two new releases drawing near that need blurbs. The one for my new series is pretty much set and ready to go, although I just might make a tweak here or there before officially sending it over. As for the blurb for the forth Chronicles of Midgard book, Breach of Neutrality, I find that I am frustrated beyond belief. I have one sentence written for There is so much going on in the story and with only one book remaining in the series after it, I find it far more difficult to write than the previous installments.

 But I know I'll get through it. I always do. I may get frustrated while writing, sometimes wanting to crawl in a corner and cry or give up completely, which I have considered more than once. Nevertheless the truth is I never will stop writing. Writing has been part of me since I was a child and will be for the rest of my life. I might have a love-hate relationship with writing, but I will never give it up, even if at times I do honestly consider doing just that. Besides, if I did suddenly stop writing, I know at least five people who would be very angry and hunt me down, hehe.
So, to all the writers out there, whether you're published or not, don't ever give up. Keep on writing. Sure, we may never become the next J.K. Rowling and have massive book sales and movie deals, but we do have those readers who loyally follow us. Our readers who look for our books and who would be greatly saddened if we stopped writing.

Write on.