It's my great pleasure to host fellow author Cindy Kirk on our blog today. Cindy's one heck of a gal. She knows her way around New York City like a native and wears the most fabulous jewelry. With no further adieu, here's Cindy! - Diane Kelly
If you’re like me, when I’m shopping for a book, I read the back cover copy first. If the story idea interests me, then I move to the first two or three pages of the book. If I want to keep reading I buy the book. If I don’t really care, I put the book back on the shelf.
That’s why I was, well, disappointed last year when I read the back cover copy of my Harlequin Special Edition, The Christmas Proposition (December 2010). The editor told me they thought it might be fun to do the back cover copy to the tune of a Christmas song. I said, hey, okay, sounds cute.
I’ll only give you the first paragraph because you’ll quickly get the message:
(To The Tune of Jingle Bells)
Dashing through Jackson Hole
A handsome stranger’s come to town
He’s an ex-baseball star by trade
But a broken engagement’s got him down
I told my editor that if they decided to do this again, please give someone else the privilege. She said they wouldn’t be doing it again
After reading that back cover copy, I was seriously tempted to ask my editor to put something in my file (if they even have a file) that mentioned that back cover copy. Thankfully I didn’t ask because I got my first royalty statement and was VERY pleased.
But now, I’m concerned. I really like the back cover copy on my book that is on the shelves now—IF THE RING FITS (book 4 in my RX for Love mini-series)—but now I’m wondering if it’d sell better if the back cover copy was as good (wink, wink) as The Christmas Proposition.
This week tell me how much you rely on the back cover copy of a book to guide your buying decisions and I’ll enter you into a drawing to win a copy of The Christmas Proposition (with that fabulous back cover copy).
And thanks so much to my buddy Diane Kelly for inviting me to blog!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Posted by Diane Kelly at 12:01 AM