I’m back in the swing of things after going to RT and having an absolute blast.
For my first SSS in a while, here’s a little bit of my YA East Willow. If you’ve been reading along with it, you’ll find it a little heartbreaking. Liana has just found out she’s not human; instead she’s a freakish hybrid wolf witch. And she’s less than happy.
“Why couldn’t you have left me at home? I’d still be happy and wouldn’t have to deal with any of this shit!”
As I yelled in his face I noticed his eyes change, glowing fiercely before he yelled back at me.
“If could have, I would! I didn’t want you to come here!”
Recoiling from him as though he’d hit me, I leant against the doorframe, wanting so badly to meld into it and disappear.
This is my last six for a while, because next week I’ll be off to the RT Convention in Chicago! I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.
And here’s a few more sentences from the YA (The East Willow Wolves) I’m pitching while there *smiles nervously*
I wanted to take off my hoodie, but couldn’t risk it. If someone saw my marks and asked questions I’d snap. While I’d never had issues with my body, my birthmarks were one thing I wished I could change. A series of markings lined my back and shoulders – impossible to hide, so I wore long sleeves and high backs everywhere. I’d only ever worn a singlet or swimsuit around my family. Even my best friend back home didn’t know about the marks.
Have a great Sunday!
Along with covers, blurbs are the gateway to a book. Other than reading an excerpt, the only way you can judge a book to decide whether or not to buy and read it.
The only problem is, I’m terrible at blurbs. While I don’t think anyone enjoys writing them, I really have an issue. How can I reduce a book down to two to three paragraphs in order to convince someone to buy or read the book when I could carry on and on for hours about the book?
When I’m interested in buying a book I usually read the blurb and the first paragraph or so (if possible), because a blurb doesn’t always give a hint to the author’s writing style. Some blurbs are fantastically written but then book isn’t, while others are written poorly but the excerpts are fantastic and they’ve ended up being great books.
So, how much weight do you give to a blurb? When interested in a book, do you read the blurb and only the blurb? Or do you have a squiz at the first chapter?
Last week I scheduled a pitch with an agent and posted asking for some help. Since then I’ve spent all my time focussing on finishing and polishing my YA so I know exactly where the plot is going and don’t get hit with any surprises.
I’ve fixed my website up, updated blurbs and tried to make it look as professional yet casual as I can.
What haven’t I done? Organised my pitch! So tomorrow while I’m getting my hair done (the one luxury I allow myself) when I would usually have my nose shoved in a book or my Kindle, I’ll be writing my pitch.
But really, I have no idea how to talk up my book. I want to open with something that will blow this agent out of the room. Something that will catch her attention and make her want to hear more, not just have her listen because she has 10 minutes to go on our appointment.
So that’s what I’m going to be working on.. Nervously…
How are you all doing?
Today’s six is from my first Young Adult Urban Fantasy The East Willow Wolves (that’s a lot of capital letters in a row!) that I’m pitching at RT in Chicago in two weeks! Eek!
I realised my hands were resting on his chest. Looking down, I started to pull them back but Riel gripped onto them, enveloping them in his larger hands. They were so soft yet strong. His serious eyes gazed into mine as he leaned down, his face inching closer to mine.
Butterflies thudded in my stomach and my breathing increased. I licked my parted lips and continued to look into his eyes, feeling entranced.
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Until next time!