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WWK--Better than ever--Look for the return of blogs by Linda Rodriguez! She's back--on 1/4. Watch for our new blogger Tammy Euliano--debuting on 1/17

January Interviews

1/06 Sherry Harris, Absence of Alice

1/13 Jane Willan, Abide with Me

1/20 Kelly Brakenhoff, Dead of Winter Break

1/27 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones

Saturday WWK Bloggers

1/02 V. M. Burns

1/09 Jennifer J. Chow

1/23 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

1/16 Shea E. Butler

1/30 Gray Basnight


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Jennifer J. Chow for garnering a 2021 Lefty Nomination for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. We're crossing our fingers for Jennifer!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Dealing at the Dump" appears in Cozy Villages of Death Fall 2020.

Margaret S. Hamilton's "Black Market Baby" and Debra H. Goldstein's "Forensic Magic" appear in Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories Fall 2020.

Jennifer J. Chow's Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (interview on WWK on 11/11) released on November 10.

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" has been published in the SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequin's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Thoughts on Blurbing by Jennifer J. Chow

One of the perks of being a writer at an imprint with a large publisher is the opportunity to receive advance reading copies (ARCs). Basically, I can ask my editor for Berkley books which are coming out soon and get free reads. (She has yet to deny me any request, and my literature-loving heart rejoices over that!)

Beyond the ARCs for my own pure enjoyment, a recent writerly duty I’ve discovered is the creation of author blurbs. It’s essentially a praise quote of someone else’s work. For example, I blurbed Olivia Blacke’s Killer Content cozy mystery (coming February 2021) and labeled it as an “immersive whodunit.” See entire quote below:

I find it hard to condense the great elements of a novel into a few expressive sentences. However, since I’ve done several of these now, I do have a few go-to tricks:


·         Genre: I try to reference the genre so readers know what they’re getting

·         Theme: Using the book’s themes, I like to create a matching quote

·         Characters: I often  refer to the protagonist or side characters to give people a sense of who they’ll be journeying with throughout the story

·         Heart: Since I have my own view of what I loved about the work, I insert my unfettered opinion on things that spoke specifically to me

·         Adjectives: To entice readers, I like adding in descriptors that tantalize them to purchase the novel

I’m no Gary Shteyngart, who has written numerous blurbs and even had a blurbing documentary about him. (He also blurbed himself on Twitter:
“Gary Shteyngart’s blurbs are touching, funny and true. This is a blurber to watch.” — Gary Shteyngart.) Despite my newness at blurbing, though, I have enjoyed taking on this authorly task.


Do blurbs affect your reading choices? If you wish, give an example of one that caught your eye.



Jim Jackson said...

I never read blurbs. Which does not mean I don’t want them for my books because other people do use them. Everyone should keep in mind that they are advertisements.

Kait said...

Excellent primer in how to blub!

A blurb might entice me to scan reviews of a book to see if it is for me, but generally, I read them after I've made the purchase.

Jennifer J. Chow said...

@Jim: Excellent point about the advertising!

@Kait: I think I'm the same way. They help me in justifying my purchase.

KM Rockwood said...

I depend on personal recommendations, reviews, familiarity with authors and curiosity for my fiction reading. I don't usually read blurbs until after I have the book.

That said, I understand the value of a blurb when your flight has been delayed and you're standing in an airport newshop, perusing the the books available.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I'm with Kathleen--blubs have their uses ("a roller coaster plot perfect for a five hour plane trip") but I depend upon author interviews and blogs, recommendations from friends, and previous publications.

Your tips will help me write short Goodreads and Amazon reviews.

Jennifer J. Chow said...

Thanks, KM & Margaret, for your thoughts!

Grace Topping said...

Great suggestions about blurbs. I found this very helpful.