I enjoy writing books, right? I mean why else would anyone devote years of their life (and thousands of words) to something they didn’t fundamentally enjoy? And let’s face it. Books are tough things to make and tougher to market. You take what’s in your heart, distill it into some white words on paper—or screen—and let your creation run wild. And people take their shots at what you’ve written.
But it’s worth it.
If it sounds like I’m doing self-talk here, that’s because I am. Because I have reached the most dreaded stage of the book publication process. The part that makes me question why I wrote this thing. Whether I will ever write another one. The part that suddenly turns me into the world’s worst procrastinator.
What’s got me triggered, you ask? Editing?
Nah. Editing is fun. Easier, in fact, than the actual writing.
Cover design? Well, I’m not designing it myself, so it’s pretty stress-free. (Speaking of which, keep your eyes peeled for a cover reveal soon!) No, this is something else. Something far, far worse. This dreaded thing…
WRITING THE BACK COVER SYNOPSIS.
I hate it. Go ahead and laugh. But then try to write a blurb for your own book and your chuckles will fade out. I sit at my computer, hands hovering over the keys. Staring. Getting a headache from the glow. Chewing on ice. Type one word. Backspace. More ice. More staring.
*slams laptop shut in frustration*
You’d think, after five years of working on The Reinhold Chronicles, I’d be able to tell you what they’re about? But no. I simply cannot seem to sum up a book in one paragraph. Not without spoiling it. Not in a way that makes sense—and will sell the book. But I have to do it.
I’ve managed to come up with something for three books and a short story so far, so I suppose I’ll conjure something for The Realms Beyond. But it sure ain’t fun. Nor easy.
Thankfully, the most important thing is not the blurb. It’s what people will see before the blurb. It’s the reason they click on/pick up your book in the first place. It’s what they judge the book by. Because, no matter how the cliche goes, people do it. I do it. You do it. And usually for good reason.
Check back soon to see just what it looks like.