Day 113 – Book Descriptions

Finished the book description today, updated the website with the newest Final Guys episode, and did a bunch of little shit. I’m releasing on Tuesday, hopefully, so I’m taking care of tons of stuff.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to work on anything this weekend, so I’m cramming it all into tonight and then Sunday night. Monday and Tuesday are going to be shit shows, as usual. But it’s an exciting time. Can’t wait to get this sucker out there.

And let me just say… writing book descriptions sucks nads. It’s probably my least favorite thing about publishing my own work. That and asking people for reviews. Ugh. For the most part, I think I do a solid job with my descriptions, but it’s a royal pain in the ass.

Trying to distill an entire book into a few sentences, while keeping it enticing, but not giving away spoilers, is the worst. I also write my descriptions differently than the actual novels, which makes it a bit more challenging.

When it comes to my stories, I like to write in a fairly simple manner. The last thing I want is someone having to decipher a sentence or paragraph. Nothing pulls me out of a book faster than that. So I keep it pretty straightforward. Some of my reviewers would say that I keep it stupid.

I don’t use overly long sentences or dollar words where a nickel one will do. Not my style.

But in descriptions? Flowery language, never-ending sentences. I use more adverbs too. For whatever reason, doing a bit of wordsmithing in the description helps the book sell better. I don’t know if it makes people think the writing inside might not suck if the blurb is overwritten, but whatever it is… it works.

So write the hell out of that description.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I won’t be able to blog until Sunday night, and maybe not then if I’m too busy. Should be able to fit it in though.

See ya then.