How to Write a Compelling Book Description Part 2: Traditional Versus Independent Publishing Lisa Mason #SFWApro


Your Book Description is the first thing a potential reader sees when he or she goes to your book’s product page. If you’ve also got a print book, you’ll insert your Book Description on the back cover, as the Traditional Publishers do. There again, your potential reader sees that first before he or she opens the book.

I cannot emphasize enough how vital it is that your Book Description be the best it can be.

I’ve published six novels with Random House and HarperCollins, and have had book descriptions written for me by the publisher’s staff. Here’s how it works: you turn in your manuscript to your editor. Your editor may ask for revisions. You respond, turn the revised manuscript in, and your editor signs off on it.

Your manuscript then goes to a cover artist, a copy editor, the marketing staff, and a Book Description writer. This person typically…

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Why Do You Need A Literary Agent?

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Dear Writer,

Ask yourself: Where do you see yourself? Where do you see your book(s)? Most importantly, where do you see your future?

If you’re hoping to one day see your work in Barnes and Noble, you probably need a literary agent.

If you’re dreaming to one day be a bestselling author, you should probably consider a literary agent.

And if your work is polished, edited to a perfect, clean manuscript, read by critique groups and other writers (NOT just friends and family), revised to the best of your ability, and you’re satisfied enough with it so that other professionals will take a look at it and probably judge you, chances are, you’re ready for a literary agent.

Nowadays, it seems like self-publishing is taking over publishing. While this is true in some respects (based on markets, sales, traditional publishing and self-publishing comparatively, and the motives behind each), traditional publishing…

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New Book Launching Tomorrow – BLOOD OF THE TAINTED

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Tomorrow is the day. I have a new novel launching, and between you and me, I think it is probably my best piece yet. It was a hard one to write, but at the same time the more rewarding.

batSix gruesome murders in two days, a farm house burned to the floor, and panic on the streets. For Sheriff Ian Raskin, this is just the start of a nightmare ride that will take him to the edge of his own abilities where a monster lies in wait.

With his once quiet town being terrorized by an unseen force, Ian finds help in the strangest of places. Simon Pertwhistle, a pathologist from the city, arrives in town proclaiming the murders to be the work of a lone vampire searching for its queen.

Sceptic until proven otherwise, Ian Raskin finds his world turned upside down and when the fate of his town…

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The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

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Don’t judge Richelle Mead’s books by the horrible covers. Maybe someday they’ll get a makeover, but for now we must look past the angry Abercrombie gang. I’m not the one who put croutons in their salad.

The Indigo Spell is book 3 in the Bloodlines series, the Vampire Academy spinoff. We ended The Golden Lily with a declaration of love that goes against everything the alchemists taught Sydney to be – a cold, calculating vampire hater.


Sydney is searching for Marcus, a former alchemist who may be able to shed some light on the alchemists’ dark side. Until recently, she didn’t even know the words “former” and “alchemist” could go together. Yes she’s sworn her life to the organization, but that was before she saw the whole Evil picture. A few glimpses of the true periphery combined with a fondness for her new Moroi friends has her questioning everything.

The monkey wrench is that there’s a youth-sucking…

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Mangled Metaphors and Purple Paisley Prose

Catch a Falling Star

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I have rather regularly been revising and editing old writing.  One thing I have discovered is that I am capable of the most gawd-awful convoluted sentences filled with mangled metaphors and ideas that can only be followed while doing mental back-flips or managing miracles of interpretation.    That last sentence is a perfect example of purple paisley prose.  Paisley, in case you didn’t know this, is a printed pattern on clothing or other cloth that makes an intricate design out of the basic twisted teardrop shape borrowed from Persian art.   The basic motif, the teardrop shape, is a leaf or vegetable design often referred to as the Persian pickle.  I write like that.  You can pick out the Persian pickles in this very paragraph.  Alliterations, mangled metaphors, rhyming words, sound patterns, the occasional literary allusion, personification, bungles, jungles, and junk.  “How can you actually write like that?” you ask.  Easy.  I…

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