I'm not sure I know of any writer who enjoys writing the back cover copy (or blurb) for their own books. If you're out there and reading this, raise your hand if you enjoy it. Okay, you're dismissed.
Personally, I am not a fan. I can't seem to muster any joy in taking a 63K word story and boiling into 150 clever words that will make people want to buy and read my book. There's so much I want a potential reader to know about the story. Add this? Subtract that? Oh, and they probably want to know X, but there isn't room for it.
Of course, I was the kid in school who sucked at book reports. Write about what's important? Well, it's all important. Duh.
Give me somebody else's blurb to edit? I'm there, baby.
In the end, it's kind of how I have to approach my own blurbs. Write the damn thing, spew it out if I have to, and then set it aside. Come back to it later and look at it like it's not MY blurb.
Right now, I have 5 versions of the blurb for CU. Since yesterday. Here's the latest one:
This could get ugly.
Former supermodel Jeni Braxxon had been certain life couldn't get any more shit-tastic. Due to the curse turning her, the hottie with a naughty body, into someone so gruesome Frankenstein's monster would run screaming, she's unemployed and soon-to-be homeless.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the SSA is trying to snatch her birthright, steal the children, and force her into bankruptcy with their damn bureaucratic bullshit. Oh, and a lunatic sorcerer with world domination in mind might be running the show.
But Jeni's not a gal who'll take this crap lying down. Well, not for long anyway. With the help of her weird friends and her bizarre pets, she needs to kick some ass, rescue the kids, and save the world. A big task for a college dropout who thought she could get by on looks alone.
:shrug: 141 words. It needs work. I know I'm trying to stuff too much in there, but it all feels necessary. I need to get over it and come up with something soon. Or run with this thing. Or one of the other versions.
I'm drowning in blurbs. Blurble.