What does it take for someone to pick up your book? After the cover design and the title comes the back of book description.
I’ll admit it. I haven’t read or watched A Game of Thrones (but I will! Soon!) What I have read is the back of the book which starts out like this:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall.
How could you not be interested when the author uses words like sinister and supernatural?
The Traveler’s back of book description is a bit long so I thought I would show an excerpt:
…Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. She has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father, and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line up people who call themselves Harlequins – a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.
Warriors? Travelers? Very cool. (Disclaimer – I loved the first book, but the sequels did not hold up for me)
As a reader, what are you interested in? Which descriptions make you want to open the book and read the first line? Which ones make you put the book back down?
Looking for tips? The following blogs have excellent suggestions for writing your back of book copy:
My last Pick Up Artist post will be on what many of you may be struggling with right now – your first line.