Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Book ponderings and a Kiss My Asphalt t-shirt giveaway
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've been reading a lot of books lately. I think it's the call of the deck. Now that the sun is shining and it's just warm enough to sit outside and relax, a book seems like the perfect thing to take outside with me. That and a big 'ole glass of iced tea. Yum.
But I had a little conversation with my editor this morning that is making me look at my book stack a bit differently. The art department is finishing up on the cover for A Tale of Two Demon Slayers, which is the next Accidental Demon Slayer book. It's not due to my editor until the end of July and it's not out in stores until Feb 2010. So what do they need from me? Back cover copy.
Many authors don't write their own back cover summaries, but since I was an advertising writer for many moons, I volunteered to write the back covers for both The Accidental Demon Slayer and The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers. It's fun to have that kind of input. And I know the book, right? But lo and behold, I'm going through my book stack (conveniently located by the door to the deck), checking out the backs of books, and pondering ways to summarize a whole 320 page adventure into two paragraphs. Hmm...
So let me ask you. What draws you in when you read that back cover? An interesting story premise? The writing itself? Or something else?
Oh and because the sun is shining and it is such a gorgeous day, one commenter is going to win a Kiss My Asphalt t-shirt.