Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Would you read this? Vol.2 #OurAuthorGang

Welcome back. See volume 1 of this series here.

I’ve written a lot of short stories in the last few years. Some have been published in a collection while others are simply awaiting their time to shine. As I considered how to organize my collections, I began to wonder if the stories themselves are worth reading on their own. As a collection, these short stories have the benefit of being part of something greater, but I want to know “would you read these stories?” if they were presented on their own. That’s also when I begin to consider that I write blurbs for the books I release, but I don’t write blurbs for individual stories in a collection, a tagline usually does the job.

Well, that’s about to change. In this series, I’ll be sharing unpublished blurbs to stories that may or may not yet be released. These blurbs are not meant to be used to pitch or sell these stories. This is just a practice on the concept of writing a blurb? I just want to know if the blurbs are any good. I may also offer some ideas of what cover designs for these stories may look like. I hope you enjoy this adventure.

For the second post in this series, I thought I’d start with the blurb for the first story I ever won an award for, In the Window. When I first started to dabble in short fiction I was part of an online writer’s group that also helped new writers publish their books. The group and site have since dissolved, one part ending altogether, the other part being incorporated into a new entity that’s still going on today. When I first published In the Window, it was part of a collection entitled, Unexplained. For the purposes of this post, I’ve prepared a new blurb just for this story, as though it was a full-length novel. I’ve also prepared a mock book cover to be compared with the original cover art for the Unexplained collection. Read below and tell me, would you read this? Which book cover do you prefer?

Derek knows this is the job that could clear all slates, but he can’t get over the living dead person in the window, distracting him from the clean-up.

Tobey has stood by Derek’s side for years through thick and thin, but if Derek can’t get his head right and stop talking about dead people in windows, Tobey knows they too may end up in a window. 

Whether it’s a reflection in a window or a silhouette in a mirror, somethings can’t be unseen. For this pair of friends even what’s unseen will haunt them 'til the end of their days. However long or short that may be.

Forms response chart. Question title: Which do you prefer?. Number of responses: 9 responses.
Results as of 11/8/18

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