A lot goes into writing a book.
You write it, but that’s just the start.
You edit it, polish it…
Run it through a critique group (more on that HERE)…
Work on a cover and let your fan base choose the right one like we did HERE and HERE – and most of that took place on Facebook, not the blog. (Above is winner for The Navigators; the losers received fewer votes – including the one I liked best that got almost none.)
That… that was difficult. I can admit it now.
And then a BLURB is needed (more on that HERE). A blurb is a few words – 100 if possible but less than 200 for sure – that tell enough of the story to interest readers and get the to buy or at least read the sample.
A key part of that marketing is the blurb. We did this exercise before for other books and it’s an important link in the chain. We – you, me, all of us here on the blog – are getting ready for this book to come out in the next 30 days.
I need your help.
Because blurbing is hard.
Barry’s hand-picked team of graduate archaeology students decide to challenge themselves to find something big during the quiet summer session. They embark on an excavation at a dangerous central Florida mine site, where a freak landslide uncovers a strange machine. Wary of corrupt school officials they suspect are selling off their discoveries, the students take the machine home and study it in secret, reaching only one realistic – and unbelievable – conclusion: It was designed to bridge the time-space continuum. It’s a time machine.
Each test delivers a more disastrous result than the prior one, sending one team member to the hospital and nearly killing another, while a third tells university faculty about the machine – leading to the ultimate power struggle. The university wants it for funding, Florida Power wants to keep the machine’s regenerating energy abilities under wraps, and competing students want to keep it for themselves. None of them care if the team comes out of it intact.
Fleeing for their lives, the team must fight against the school, the police, the army, time, and each other if they want to learn the truth about what they’ve discovered – a truth with more severe consequences than any of them can predict.
That’s 204 words and it’s probably close to 100 words too many, but I’ll go as high as 150. Now, the tough question:
what to cut?
A blurb is advertising copy AND a story summary, but it’s mainly a selling device in the same way a book cover is a billboard that’s supposed to catch your eye.
So, what to cut? And
what to keep?
Help me boil this sucker down to 100 or 150 words and let’s get ready for its long awaited release!
Post your suggestions below or rewrite the whole thing!
And get ready to see some sample chapters and other fun stuff later this week. Stay tuned!