Wednesday, January 5, 2011

You Blurb It!!

A major moment for any pre-pub book is getting the blurbs in. Who blurbed it? What'd they say? What part of that favorable sentence to put on the cover. WHERE on the cover?! Authors may *think* the hardest part of the journey is over when their books come out--but nooooooo. Now you've got blurb requests pouring in. Books to read, pithy statements to come up with. It's harder than it looks. I should know--I tried. Some of my top reads for 2010 (no particular order), are lauded in blurb form below:
  • BEAT THE REAPER
    Josh Bazell masters the art of the reveal. I’d follow Peter Brown anywhere—from a safe distance, of course.

  • THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
    Books that speak to the darkest parts of what we could become. They have everything—best of all, they have Katniss.

  • YOU
    Heartbreaking in its intensity, its events, and most of all, the truth it reveals.

  • GHOST COUNTRY
    Petrifying…Unbelievable, but seems like it could happen tomorrow. I hope there really is a Travis Chase out there somewhere.

  • DIVERGENT
    We’ll have different factions. We’ll love Four, or we won’t. But we’ll all agree: DIVERGENT is an incredible read.

So now you try it. Love a book you read in 2010? Blurb it here! 20 words or less. We'll look them over and choose a winner in two categories:

1. Blurb that would make me pick it up. (Best in Show)
2. Funniest blurb (keep it G-rated. OK, PG-13)

Off-limits words: "Tour-de-force," "Compelling," anything using "virtuoso" in any form.

The prize? You'll get a 15-minute Skype (or some other type of) chat with moi to evaluate your online presence and talk about social media. Entries close at 5 pm Friday (1/7). Ready? GO!!!

36 comments:

Josin L. McQuein said...

I am without skype, so I'll just read and enjoy what others post.

:-)

Shelley Watters said...

Hunger Games Trilogy:
A heart-pumping, edge of your seat emotional roller coaster ride that takes Katniss to the edge of humanity, where she must dance along the knife's edge and look deep into herself to find the courage to survive.

Blerg. I suck at these things. Anyway - good luck to everyone! :)

jamiekswriter said...

Jack Reacher is Worth Dying For

Meredith Barnes said...

Those without Skype: fear not!! We'll work it out! You can still win!!

Alicia said...

If I Stay by Gale Forman

A fuzzy read...because my eyes were filling up with tears every two minutes.

Slush said...

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Tracking the Seven Sins with a hot, unmentionable, muscular Diesel would make anyone gluttonous.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Mockingjay --

Sometimes the future falls, not for lack of a hero, but for lack of those willing to be saved.

Dan Krokos said...

tell me more about this art of the reveal. How do I do it.

suzie townsend said...

Mer, Whoa. Who won't love Four? Because I might have to beat them up and scream DAUNTLESS!

Dan, you already do.

Kaz Augustin said...

A Clockwork Orange:

Alex thinks he can beat the system. The System has other ideas.

sprunty said...

“Numb” questions how much abuse a suit can take.

Susan Adrian said...

Fall for Anything:

WARNING: This story makes you *feel*. It knocks you down, then punches you in the gut--but you want more.

Pamela Cayne said...

Sophie Littlefield's BANISHED:

A dark and tangled tale that will keep you up late reading, scared to turn off the light.

Alex said...

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ned Vizzini takes us into Craig's most inner thought's during Craig's lowest loneliest time, and within pages wins us over.


Are we allowed multiple entries?

Brooks Sherman said...

THE PASSAGE:

For those who are torn between a love for vampire apocalypses and a preference for literary fiction.

You know who you are.

Brooks Sherman said...

THE PASSAGE:

For those torn between a love for vampire apocalypses and a preference for literary fiction.

You know who you are.

LQQ said...

A man with sewage between his toes saves democracy forever more.

Pericles Commission

Meredith Barnes said...

Enter as many times as you like. These are fun!

jamiekswriter said...

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Monkeys and Fart Jokes FTW!

David said...

13 REASONS WHY

A marveling guilty introspection: We are all close to suicide. Too close. Discover how not to become a reason why.

G said...

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, a heart-pounding, edge-of-your seat suspense thriller. Will the old man die or not? Move over Dan Brown, Mitch Albom is here to stay.

Yours,
Greg the Intern

Rita Meade said...

Sadistic men cause pain. Depraved men enjoy pain. This man feels no pain. Who is worse off?

NUMB by Sean Ferrell

(Also, can I "steal" your Saul Bellow quote? I'm a librarian and I LOVE it.) :)

~Rita Meade

Cacy said...

Mortal Instruments (Books 1-3)

Sexy, sexy incestuous lust. A fun read for all ages!

Cacy said...

The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

It’s a testament to Week’s storytelling skills that you never want to leave a world as messed up as this.

Cacy said...

The Sookie Stackhouse Novels

Hire a sitter. This highly addictive series will have you neglecting your children.


I'm trying to not get carried away here, but this is really fun! (Especially when I should be working on cutting down my manuscript's word count.)

Cacy said...

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

A boy who spends over 450-pages running for his life couldn’t ask to have better talking dog at his side.


Sex With Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge by Eleanor Herman

Through true accounts, Herman unveils surprising heart, humor, and insight while delivering on the inevitable heartbreak and – of course – scandal.


Room by Emma Donoghue

Room’s disturbing circumstances are made all the more unsettling by the young narrator’s honesty, naiveté and utter lack of self-pity.


Okay, okay, okay. I'm official done and shall no longer be getting carried away. (And I didn't get any word cutting done this evening. Bad writer! Bad!)

Patty Blount said...

The Cates Series:

Jeff Somers' heart-pumping sci-fi series will make you cringe, gag, gasp and beg for more.

Patty Blount said...

Numb:

You'll feel for him.

David said...

13 REASONS WHY

A map of connected guilt. We are all close too close to suicide. Discover how not to become a reason.

Patty Blount said...

Hunger Games Trilogy:

No sparkles. No supernatural beings. Just a girl who will do anything to survive. Even kill.

Patty Blount said...

Brains:

Fight for zombie rights! Not all of them can...

Patty Blount said...

Day One:

An abused wife, a runaway teen, a few dead bodies, and an unsolved murder collide on Day One.

Holly Dodson said...

Anna and the French Kiss:

You'll squirm from embarrassment, laugh out loud, and most of all you'll fall in love.


Delirium:

An edge-of-your-seat race for the right to love.


Ha, that's pretty fun. Hard, but fun. :)

Alex said...

KNOCKEMSTIFF

Donald Ray Pollock gives us the dustoff huffing speed addicts version of Aesop's Fables except you don't learn nothin.

Josin L. McQuein said...

The Southern Vampire Mysteries -


The nightlife's dead, the neighbors suck, and business bites. Bon chance in Bon Temps.

Meredith Barnes said...

Entries closed! Thanks so much to all my blurbers!!

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