Writing a good description is one of the most important things an author needs to do. It is also one of the most difficult—there is something about the nature of writing an engaging synopsis that is somehow more overwhelming than the idea of writing 100k+ words.
Unfortunately, it’s those couple of paragraphs that go on the back of the book that are what gets people interested in reading your book, not the size or length of the story. Sure, other people’s reviews may help too (if they’re good reviews), but that assumes you have some readers to begin with.
So far I’ve spent most of my blog writing about what does and doesn’t work in the writing of the novel. What makes for a good story and what causes problems for us readers? Now I’m asking a new question:
What makes a good description?
You can find my description reviews that try to address this question below—I’ve only sorted by author here, but you can always press Ctrl+f and search for a title if you can’t remember the author. (Oh, and I’m not rating these at all, just writing my responses to the description.
|Author (Last, First)||Title||Series Name||Series Position||Date Reviewed|
|Briggs, Patricia||Frost Burned||Mercy Thompson||7||September 20, 2013|
|Mead, Richelle||Succubus on Top||Georgina Kincaid||2||September 18, 2013|
|Mead, Richelle||Succubus Dreams||Georgina Kincaid||3||September 27, 2013|
|Weeks, Brent||The Way of Shadows||Night Angel||1||September 17, 2013|