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09:40 am: More on blurbs

Still working on trying to sum up the book. Again, here, I am trying to actually describe what happens in the book…not to sell the book.

The story is a magical intrigue, where the mystery is: what is the state of the universe and how did it get to be that way. A young woman, acting much like a detective, investigates the universe, questioning people others might not dare speak with, following up on clues, trying to discover the nature of the universe and which of the several claims as its nature is true. Along the way, she objects to the negative things she discovered and vows to improve them–all while trying to negotiate the very rocky road to True Love.

While not nearly as blurby, I like this description for several reasons:

1)  It describes the whole series, not just one book.

2) it does not emphasize saving the world over the other things she tries to improve: freeing the slaves that make up material objects, stopping death, sharing magic with ordinary people, sharing justice, improving literacy, etc., etc., etc.

 

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon.

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From:juliet_winters
Date:May 23rd, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
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I like the phrase magical intrigue. Did you coin it?

Piddly stuff: last sentence recommend changing discovered to discovers.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 23rd, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Might have been me. Might have been John. ;-)
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From:kokorognosis
Date:May 23rd, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
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I hate writing blurbs. If I could describe what happens in a space that short to my satisfaction, the story would be that short.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 23rd, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
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LOL

From:von546
Date:May 28th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)

more on blurbs...

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Hmm. I THINK I know your writing well enough to say that you never preach at people, but this blurb sounds more like theme topics or theme statements than a summary of story goals that would make me want to read. As always...just one opinion...von
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 29th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)

Re: more on blurbs...

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Very true...if you look above, the point of this blurb is to sum it up for me--the author--to understand what it is about, not an attempt to sell it.
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