Back Cover Copy/Signing / Slice of Author/Writer Life
I just got back from the grocery store. The cats have been out of cat food since Tuesday morning. They've subsisted on tuna and chicken. I was running out of food myself.
Anyway, while I was there I picked up a Sherrilyn Kenyon BAD book (I figured out this was a series), about an assassin. I've just finished Linda Howard's Cover of Night (and she missed some logical payoffs which irritated me) and it had 3 assissins and two Marine tough guys who have killed in it. One of the assassins seems to be the hero of her next book if the end set-up is anything to go by. And, BTW, I LO000VED Howard's Kiss Me While I Sleep with a heroine assassin.
Anyway, I picked up the book and read the back cover copy, hesitated, decided I was still in the mood for assassins and I trusted Sherrilyn not to do typical dumb things with heroes/heroines on a spy mission and to tell me a good story.
Then I thought of this blog. The WORST thing that can happen to me at a signing (and this will happen next month at the RMFW signing, I guarantee it), is for someone to come, pick up my book read the back cover copy, smile and put it down again and walk off. I HATE this. I KNOW I write romance or sf or fantasy that folks might not like, separately or mixed, and I'm not saying you don't have a right to check my book out, but DA*N it's difficult to sit there and feel rejected and pretend you don't care.
Light bulb going off -- I think I've been silent and courteously let people read. That may be a mistake. Better if I do a personal blurb/pitch "It's about an average American woman Summoned to another dimension to fight invading evil" and then tag on whatever applies to Alexa or Marian. After all, if I'm going to be rejected, I may as well be rejected for the back cover copy AND the pitch, huh?
Well, it's DEFINITELY time I go get that flat tire (been running around on a donut) fixed. Such a glamourous life.
May your writing be definitive today.