As I've mentioned in previous installments of Parts of a Novel, this is the part of the book that most determines whether I will read it or not
Voila! It is the book blurb, usually seen either on the front inside flap or the back cover of a book. (These days, back covers are becoming more likely just to have endorsements from successful authors in the same area, which I think is kinda weird and unhelpful, but okay.)
Like query letter pitches, which book blurbs are very similar to, these blurbs combine art with business as they partly summarize the book to give readers an idea of what they're picking up. The blurbs have to hook the reader and give a good idea of each book's focus without spoiling anything too important. It is hard to get them right.
A book blurb is usually written by the actual author of the novel and tweaked and approved by the publishing team. Practice makes perfect in creating it, but here are some key questions to ask yourself: Why would someone read this book? What is special about it? Who are the characters? What is the setting? What is the conflict? Most importantly of all, what is at stake?
Time for another music post! Today, I'm going to look at the top 25 most played tracks on my iPod and compare them to the top 25 in the US, based off of the iTunes bestsellers list. Explicit songs are marked with a red "E."
Top 25 Songs on My iPod
1) "Supermassive Black Hole" Muse
2) "Death Favors No Man" James Newton Howard for Snow White
and the Huntsman
3) "Adiemus" Adiemus
4) "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" Fall Out Boy
5) "Counting Stars" OneRepublic
6) "Coronation" James Newton Howard for Snow White and the
7) "Bad Romance (Hillywood Eclipse Remix)" Lady Gaga
I'm not feeling very inner peacey at the moment. Nonetheless, I accept Julia's nomination for these awards--or this award, it's a little unclear. I suspect these are two different awards, but I might as well lump them into one seeing as the process is singular.
Basically, I'm supposed to give you seven facts about me. I will probably be stealing the subjects of each fact mostly from Julia's post since I've already posted lots of facts about myself.
1) I am 5'5" and a half, which means I'm just a little taller than my mom. I'm rather proud of that.
2) My hair is kind of a golden color, by which I mean it's a mix of a lot of colors but primarily brown and blonde with red highlights. I've never dyed it. I do think I'd like to try out being a full-out brunette sometime.
It's been just over a year since I first published this website and started my blog! I've had a great time, and I hope you have too. This blog means the world to me, and I'm so excited to keep coming back with more new material, and someday, a real published book!
In celebration of the anniversary, I'm going to list the year's best posts. If you missed any of these, or if you want a reread, please go back and enjoy! My love and thanks to you all.
Fibromyalgia: My Story 9/22/12
Hunger Games Humor 9/26/12
Harry Potter Humor 11/17/12
Other Humor 12/12/12
January Humor Post 1/19/13
February Humor Post 2/2/13
March Humor Post 3/2/13
April Humor Post 4/6/13
Response to Julia's 'Pale" Post 4/19/13 *Readers' Favorite of the Year*
May Humor Post 5/1/13
June Humor Post 6/1/13
July Humor Post 7/3/13
My Own Writing
Why I Write 10/3/12
Wordy Wednesday: Four Poems 11/7/12
Wordy Wednesday: Two Short Stories 3/27/13
On Rejection Letters 6/29/13
Hi, everyone! Today, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite poems. Even though novels are my focus and passion, I still care for other kinds of writing. Poetry is especially great because of its rhythm and power. I mean, I love music, so it makes sense enjoyment of poetry would coincide with that. It's all about the sound... and the images.
My two favorite poets are E.E. Cummings, a modern poet who is famous for throwing off all the rules of grammar, and Lord Alfred Tennyson, who is completely the opposite in his romantic classical poetry style. I like Cummings because he's so powerful with his plays on words and punctuation, and I like Tennyson because he writes beautiful imagery that speaks to me.
So here are my favorite poems from them. Enjoy!
(For more of my favorite poems, check out this post.)
My two best friends from home and I used to draw these comics with real people from our lives and a couple of iconic fictional characters that we referred to often. We did it to deal with stressful situations, to have conversations, and to entertain ourselves. I mean, we spent all of elementary and middle school playing imaginative games, some of which gave birth to my story ideas. It's in our nature to be like that.
My BFF LaPriel of ye blog was the master of the iconic imaginary characters. We had quite a few of them that were often referenced, and these characters have since bled into my writing life and other areas as "mascots." That's why I thought it'd be worth talking about here!
I suppose the whole thing began in middle school, although some of it came from elementary. We always had characters that we talked about. There was Peter, whom we blamed for unfortunate gaseous incidents, and Simon, who was a carpenter. I don't know why Simon existed, honestly, but he did.
Then in middle school, Freddie appeared.
Today, I thought I'd talk a little bit about a trend I've noticed in the writing world, especially in YA series. It's not an entirely new thing, but it's blown up recently, and I find it interesting that no one else seems to have commented on it. So let me start: What is up with all the series with novellas nowadays?
Don't know what I mean? Let me explain a bit more. Recently, there's been a spat of YA authors, in the midst of putting out popular series, who have released novellas, usually in e-book form, to go along with the series. This isn't an entirely new thing, as I said at the beginning. As I matter of fact, I can remember this happening a while back, with the most famous children's series of all, Harry Potter.
In that case, it wasn't e-novellas, but short supplementary print pieces that J.K. Rowling wrote to go along with her books. Most of these were sold to benefit certain charities. There was The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You all remember those? I read them multiple times. They didn't contribute in any way to the plot of the series, but they added to general knowledge of the world of Harry Potter and continued to prove that J.K. Rowling is a genius worldbuilder.
The humor post is back, and none too soon. 😊 Please do enjoy!
Also occurring right now is my first attempt at Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm not as serious about it as I am about regular NaNo, but I'll still keep you posted on the progress. I was going to write a new book, but it's not ready yet, so I'm semi-cheating by trying to finish a novel I was working on earlier (#TimeStory, MG sci-fi).
I am also leaving today to visit my best friend at BYU - Idaho, where I hope to attend college starting in January. So that should be a nice trip!
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