Let me save you some time and have you stop reading right now unless you fall into one of these two categories:
- You are someone who DID read my novel when it was released as Hearts Left Behind
- You are someone who DID NOT read my novel when it was released as Hearts Left Behind
Yes, truthfully I need input from both crowds. I am working on updating the back-of-the-book blurb (aka the BOtBB to those of us in the publishing game) and I am struggling a little. Not the favorite part of the job for many writers.
Anyway, if you are in the first category, I’d love to know if you feel the blurb at the bottom of the page accurately describes the story you read.
Keep in mind that the blurb isn’t necessarily meant to cover all of the elements of the plot, but rather to spark some level of interest in potential readers.
If you are in the second category….does the below spark your interest.
After the tragic death of his son Ethan, Tucker Gaines returns to his childhood home of Willow Grove to stay with his grandparents. In the comforting womb of this small Midwestern town, Tucker can grieve. In the safe haven of memory, he hopes to heal.
Soon after arriving, Tucker hears of a former schoolmate who has also recently lost a child and he is moved to leave an anonymous note of sympathy and comfort at the child’s grave. And with this simple kindness, Tucker has unwittingly kicked-off the phenomenon that comes to be known around town as The Grave Letters. Soon the Willow Grove cemetery is decorated with Grave Letters – one of which is left at the headstone of the man convicted of having killed Tucker’s childhood love Katie Cooper.
That short letter sends Tucker down a path that he comes to believe will lead to him to peace. If he can solve the mystery of Katie’s death, Tucker will find purpose in Ethan’s.
Or so he thinks.
I’ll end with this… When you are an unknown author (as I am) and a new blogger (as I am), your blog readership is, well, minuscule.
So you are essentially begging for blogoshame (™ Derek Rempfer 2014) when your post specifically requests user comments and you are confident (as I am) that you will only get comments from Laurie Hopkins Farrell (God bless your heart, Laurie) and, if your lucky, maybe two other people (YOU could be one of them!)
My fate is in your hands, people.
Say hi to Tony and the girls for me, Laurie.