So Short yet not Sweet
I find writing blurbs really hard. It’s like, “Take these 88,000 words and condense them into 500, oh and make people excited.” HARD! So I sweat over them. I go through a tonne of iterations every time. Anyhoo, I growled and fretted and finished the blurb to my own satisfaction, and then, OH, Loose Id (the publisher of Root of the Spark) has guidelines.
Does Genre Matter?
Ok, first off, duhhh, I should have remembered that form from the publisher that I tucked away (oops). Secondly, they wanted, IMO, a blurb specific to the Romance genre. Ie: Talk about Character A, then Character B, then the obstacle in the way of their love. Huh. Crap. I was back to square one, because, without thinking about it, I’d written a blurb that was Science Fiction genre based. Ie: Character A’s physical and emotional journey towards agency and what’s at stake and blocking that path.
I’d love to hear which one you like better and why! Of course, both of these blurbs are about the same story. It’s just that the story is both a love story and an Speculative Fiction story. Which genre generally appeals to you more?
Blurb 1 – Root of the Spark – Science Fiction
Dell has an unexpected spark that masculine and feminine energies create when swirled and fused inside a single person. But will this be enough to stop the age-old tide of fear and violence as it rises again?
Born in the midst of the oldest human war, the war of the sexes, Dell is the first true hermaphrodite on the planet of Ameliaura. Dell has used the anonymity of the Fatherlander cities to survive, and the tight community of the Motherlander villages to manage, but reaching maturity means that neither of those are enough to thrive on anymore. After a vicious attack, and an unexpected love interest, Dell must step into the light to fight for a real home.
Warning: this book contains a child who is actually an ancient dragon made of fungus, a lovely villain imprisoned inside the creature’s body, a hasty clan gathering in the collective subconscious, a hermaphrodite orphanage on the brink, and some very naughty acts on a staircase.
Blurb 2 – Root of the Spark – Romance
Dell doesn’t want to hide anymore. As the first hermaphrodite on the human colony planet of Ameliaura, Dell has spent the last year trying to blend into the crowd. Snubbing the public eye with flamboyance and scandal worked for a while, but lately the attention just feels like loneliness. After surviving a vicious attack, Dell falls into the arms of Zavvy, a man who has made it his mission to help abandoned hermaphrodite children.
Zavvy has been alone for years. No one can understand why he’s given up everything to take in street children and any hope of romance is out the window. Until Dell. Found naked and bleeding by the kids, Dell fulfills Zavvy’s every youthful fantasy of the City’s unashamed exotic night life.
The needs of an impromptu orphanage leave little room for a relationship, but harder still, Dell’s past comes back with a vengeance. Dell will have to step into the light again to fight for a home before the age old tide of violence rises again.
WARNING: this book contains a child who is actually an ancient dragon made of fungus, a lovely villain imprisoned inside the creature’s body, a hasty clan gathering in the collective subconscious, a hermaphrodite orphanage on the brink, and some very naughty acts on a staircase.
Note: yes they both have the Warning at the end which is basically my cheat for all the cool stuff that I couldn’t figure out how to cram into that damn word count. Yes, it might act as a warning and deter some, but I think it also attracts the readers who will actually like the book. Maybe it should be called a Warming? 🙂
Getting excited about Launch Day, Nov 22, 2016!!! Tuesday, OMG!