The World’s Worst Blurbist

November 8, 2011

Every person should know their limitations, and I know mine–I really, really suck at blurbing. I can write 300,000 word tomes, but God help me if I have to sum the damn thing up in 200 words or less. I go blank. I panic.

So here, for good or for ill is the rough back cover marketing blurb for Book V, The Temple of the Exploding Head. I have no idea if it’s any good or not. Thoughts appreciated.

copyright 2011, Ren Garcia

7 Responses to “The World’s Worst Blurbist”

  1. I thought it was good, exciting. The only thing I thought might be a problem was that you mention the Machine. People who aren’t familiar with the previous books wouldn’t know what that was. Maybe an adjective or two?

  2. theleagueofelder said

    Thanks, Cynthia. Gosh darn it–I need my “People” to do this one. I need “People”. Why can’t I have some?

  3.’s amazing! It is filled with intrigue, but it isn’t coy. Just like the cover art, the back says, it’s dangerous and filled with mystery, and the ending of this saga is going to be no less exciting than if the sun itself were to explode. The second to the last paragraph..should that end in a ? mark? Other than that…brilliant–you have my heart pounding excitedly..and I can’t wait to read what happens to Kay and Sam! It sounds like an adventure, and a great ADVENTURE is a promise you never ever fail to deliver: )

  4. Really, you’ve done a fine job at building up tension while writing such magnificent characters!

  5. theleagueofelder said

    Thanks, Chris–Whoops! Yep, that needs to be a question mark.

    I can’t wait for this one to come out! It should be lots of fun… I think.

  6. I always say, if I could write the darn book in 200 words, I would have! I hate blurbs, pitches, one-sentence pitches, synopsis, what else is there that makes every writer shudder in despair? Well, whatever there is, I don’t like those either.

    You, however, are a great blurbist. This is powerful, succinct, catchy, makes me want to read it. Again, the cover art and art on here is magnificent. Well done!

  7. theleagueofelder said

    Thanks, Tameri! I agonized over this and put it off and dreaded it for months. But, I’m glad it does what it’s supposed to do–to give the reader a small glimpse in a long story. 🙂

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