Welcome to my blog’s
sacrificial altar Thursday feature where we ruthlessly slaughter share and vote on our 25 word blurbs – those words that we hope will prompt the editor or agent to ask for a partial.
Care to take a stab?
So this is how it works. Read the pitch/blurb below and then vote as to whether you’d buy the book if those 25 words were all you had to go on. In reality, as a reader, you’d look at the cover art and browse through the pages before deciding, but for the purpose of this exercise, the decision (or non-decision) has to be based on these 25 words.
If you have constructive crit to offer, do so in the comment section.
Don’t vote ‘No’ because you don’t read or want to read the genre. If the genre is a negative bias for you, please refrain from voting unless you are able to be objective about the quality of the blurb.
Vote for it:
Title: Jack Be Nimble Author: Dee Lanna
Genre: Urban Fantasy
What about you?
If you want to put your 25 words to the test, email me your pitch/blurb (25 words or less) at the addy over there on my right hand side-bar.
Be forewarned. 25 word summaries are difficult! I struggled with mine for
days. Okay. I’ll be honest. I’ve struggled with mine for a while now…months, even. But I think I finally have one that’ll work and when there’s a lull in the pitches I’ll throw mine out there to be slaughtered, too. Did that. It was shameful. But I learned a lot and I’m going to try it again after every one has had time to forget how awful the first one was. If you’ve made changes to yours, you’re welcome to run yours through again too.
You’ll be welcome to run yours again later when everyone in queue is done, and you’ll especially want to do this if you’ve made changes. Plus, as the campaign runs for while, word will spread and we’ll get more views and votes.
At the end of the week I’ll email you with the results.
The poll will stay active indefinitely, so if you want to direct people to your link to cast their votes, you’re free to do so.
If you need some ideas on how to distill your large blurb down to 25 words, here’s a great link from David B. Coe (fantasy author published by Tor):
He took pitches one day and gave feedback to a bunch of us.