Give a girl a hand? Blurbs/summaries are obviously super important, the shop window for the rest of the book. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been really disappointed by a book because the blurb didn’t relate to the content.
Here’s what I’ve got currently:
The last thing Leander wanted was to think about the army now he’d left it behind him, but war had gripped the country for the past thirty years and forgetting it was nigh impossible, especially when it looked unlikely to finish any time soon. Pretty, clever and vivacious, Miss Harper was surely the perfect distraction. If only she would give him the time of day…
Unfortunately Miss Harper only had eyes for her big promotion (in whatever that job of hers was) and Leander didn’t feature in her plans. All she was interested in was magic, something nobody took seriously, and the fate of their warring nation. Drunk and desperate, he made one final wild attempt to be noticed by her.
Magic, it transpired, was a little more serious than Leander had bargained for, and war wasn’t half as terrifying as a sorceress when you’d got on her bad side.
I think readers should be sort of prepared for the feel of the book before they start it.
Things I worry about:
People expecting romance and being disappointed that romance is shelved for a lot of the book.
People expecting fantasy-fantasy-mcfantasy and being disappointed that it’s fantasy-romance.
People not expecting the slightly old-fashioned style of writing.
I might be worrying (a lot) too much, but Wattpad isn’t great for finding books with a particular vibe (IMO) and the best place to look is the blurb.
What sort of book do you expect from the blurb above, and what would you do to improve it? Any help appreciated, thanks!