Guest Post – Cooking up a ‘Good’ Blurb + Ingredients for a blurb’s soul

I know I’m not supposed to post today (and I’m not, really), but I decided I had to reblog this guest post I wrote for Mahriya @ My Bookish Life.

It’s about writing blurbs, and it’s for the Typewriter Project. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Blurbs are #1 reason to buy a book and apparently, they have souls.

And this guest post, by the lovely and fabulous Kellyn Roth @ Reveries tells you why blurbs are so important and how to take advantage of that lovely magnet that should pull your readers in. I am beyond excited for the Typewriter Project to officially begin and remember, the applications are now closed so I won’t be looking at any other contestants who enter now. You

Anyways,

let’s let Kellyn steal the spotlight (or skip to the first task)

and perhaps shine some light on book blurbs and how to write them.

A GOOD BLURB

Why do people read a book?

Some would say a great cover. Some would say amazing reviews. Some would say an eye-catching first chapter. All of these are probably important (to a certain extent). However, for me, the #1 reason to buy a book…

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5 Things I Wish I’d Done Before I Published

Five Things I Wished I'd Done Before I Published

Now, I’m not usually one to look back at past mistakes and actually care that I made those mistakes. In fact, I’m more of a, “Too bad, move on,” person. My selfishness, my maliciousness, and my utter lack of concern over the bad things I’d done is absolutely hideous.

However, today I’m talking about what I’ve learned since publishing The Dressmaker’s Secret last year. So you won’t make the same mistakes. I’m a good person. Yay!!!

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Moanings of a Brain Dead Teen

Yesterday was Easter, and now we have a very light week of school as my dad’s on vacation (#homeschoolcool). And let me tell you, I need it.

My mind is a lot of spinning cogs and gears, all whirling a hundred miles a minute. When you throw in algebra mixed with shapes, ancient languages mixed with translation sheets, animals mixed with science, and add a generous dose of history, government, grammar, and essays, the cogs stop spinning.

I’m not joking. This is not a test. My brain is dead.

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March 2017 Spotlight: Sun Shadow ~ the Reveal

I have a Pinterest board that was for a while secret but has been public for several months now. It’s called “Sun Shadow,” which is presumably the title of a novel. Well, yes, it is. That board contains all sorts of stuff for a novel that I’m eventually going to write, Sun Shadow.

You can find the Pinterest board here. It is mostly a random assortment of quotes with pictures of airplanes and movie stars from the ’40s (to the point where you might thing I’m stalking Lauren Bacall … who is dead … which makes it even weirder). For the most part, you can’t tell a ton about the book from the board, except that maybe it’s set during WW2 and involves a blonde and a brunette who are best friends, one of whom is an INFJ.

However, this writing will not happen for years and years. Why then do I mention it? Because that’s what spotlights are for. Well, that and the ramblings and contests and prizes.

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A Quick Works-in-Progress Update

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Today I’m going to update you on my current projects as briefly as I can, just to give you an idea what I’m working on now. Seriously, guys, I promise to be brief. Like, super brief. Like, I’m probably spending more time explaining it than I will on the actual post.

Before we go on to that, I want your opinions on that graphic up there (^). It’s pretty awful, isn’t it? I literally just stuck some text on a pinkish background and added the little notebook thing. *scowls at own lameness*

Also, I want to tell you that I’m planning a cover reveal this May. I haven’t worked out the details yet, but I’m really excited for it. Willowy Whisper just finished up the cover for Ivy Introspective, and it is gorgeous!

Now, what I was actually supposed to be posting about …

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Focus … and Re-Focus …

Well, guys, I’ve made a tough decision.

I’m going to focus on editing/revising Ivy Introspective and The Dressmaker’s Secret for these next couple months to the exclusion of all other projects.

What does that mean? No more Flowers?! Well, I’ve almost finished the story, and I think I need a second opinion to keep going. To see if it has an actual direction (because Bailey was wondering, and if Bailey was wondering … 😛 ). So I’m gonna grab a random person and ask them to read it.

So, what is this editing/revising of IvIn and TDS gonna entail? Well, I’m doing some pretty intense rewrites of TDS, especially from Chapter 26 on. I’m not going to change the plot, but I feel like I need to lengthen the ending some. It feels rushed. Other than that, I’m mostly just gonna do some general editing and add a couple scenes in here or there.

For IvIn … regular editing stuff. Nothin’ more to say here …

But guys, you’ve got to keep me accountable, okay? If I start talking about other projects until I’m good and ready, SHOOT ME! WITH A CANNON!

(Seriously, don’t do that. That would hurt. And hurt is bad. So use your words to bring pain. Be all like, “YOU BROKE YOUR PROMISE YOU QUEEN OF STUPID DIEEEEEE!” Although I admit little to nothing that people say to me bugs me … Whatever. Do it if I fail my unreasonably high expectations of myself.)

~Kellyn Roth

Ten Things You Need to do to Survive as an Author (and the Q&A Vlog Part 2)

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Okay, let’s just start with a disclaimer: I’m not being serious. This is a fun, silly post. However, there are grains of truth in it, too. At least, I think so.

Now, today I’m going to tell you of ten things you need to do to survive as an author. Now, in this case, I primarily mean a published author such as myself, but some of the ten things also apply to you who have written a book/are writing a book but haven’t actually published because, unlike me, you’re patient enough to wait for a nice acceptance letter from a prestigious company. 😉

Seriously, though, guys, this is gonna be a fun post. And possibly an informative one. But mostly just a fun one. Because nothing I say here is meant to be taken serious.

At least not very seriously …

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Wrap-Up

At Her Fingertips is officially finished at 66,172 words.

Winner

Yesterday I wrote 8,611 which brought me to 65,978 words. I wrote the rest this morning. I’m pretty proud of myself. Last NaNo, I wrote 40,000-some words; the NaNo before that, it was 36,000. Both times, I barely made that.

This year, however, it was easy for me to make my goal of 50,000 and surpass it, as you know, by more than 15,000 words!

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #3

Here we are this chilly (we just had our first frost! Which is weird, because it’s mid-November … global warming? 😄 Yeah, right.) evening. I’m writing my post. At least, I was. You’re reading my post. Hopefully. Wait … yeah, you’ve got to be reading my post. Or else you wouldn’t be able to know what I’m saying here. I’d better stop now. You see, recently I’ve been having a very NaNoish problem.

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Yeah, tragic, isn’t it? It happens to quite a few writers, though, this time of the year. We run through the streets rioting (and you thought they were protesting Trump? Nooooo … no one could be that stupid! What do you think we are? Crazy?) and screaming, “WHAT ARE WORDS?!?!”

Still, I’ve managed to keep up with my goals and exceed them a bit, too. I’m currently at 32,329 words. I’ve only written two paragraphs today (mostly because I removed a paragraph and wanted to replace the words I’d deleted), but I intend to write 2,000 more words after I publish this post.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update #1

At 14,588 words, I’m pretty proud with what I’ve accomplished this November so far.

I think I could have done more … but there have been distractions. School, visiting siblings, an early Thanksgiving dinner, realizing that I haven’t touched my guitar in months and that the only song I practiced this year on my clarinet is the one we’re not going to end up playing in the concert … life is hard. 😄

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