Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > General Discussions

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
Elfwreck
Grand Sorcerer
Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Elfwreck's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,140
Karma: 24387938
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
How Not To Write a Blurb

I was kicking around Smashwords, looking for ebooks for my husband, who wants books outside of my normal genre choices. That means I ran across blurbs outside my normal genre choices, and, eep, I hadn't realized how bad they can get.
Quote:
The mountains of rural Georgia will never be the same after a series of viscous murders rock the area to its core.
What, the viscosity of the murders sinks into the mountain core?
Quote:
Krystyne discovers she's a witch-a powerful witch. Jodi wants something only her ability can render. Sorcery + blood & Hecate is roused into action.The curtain to hell is open.With all his power he can't prevent Ba'Gatz from crossing over. Sanaphae is near by she's a succubus thirsty for sentience-of the most erotic kind=double trouble! Jade's twisted dreams portend all.
Six characters in less than sixty words! Run-on sentences! Punctuation that should be spelled out! Fragments! Incoherent transitions! Don't bother with the book itself; the teaser is enough to push any good English teacher into therapy sessions.
Quote:
Chris Deacon: a man who survived the horror of a bomb attack only to learn he has been robbed of the ability to speak. A man plagued by strange phantoms; a man who hears Voices in his head. You can't escape what is in your head.
Nothing says "buy this book" like random 2nd person point-of-view sentences. Bonus points for the sentence fragment with the capitalized word in the middle.
Quote:
In the Abduction of Mary Rose by Canada's master of suspense Joan Hall Hovey published by Books We Love, following the death of the woman she believed to be her mother, 28-year-old Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is not only adopted, but the product of a brutal rape that left her birth mother, Mary Rose Francis, a teenager of Micmac ancestry, in a coma for 8 months.
Okay, so names and titles are in this one, but I couldn't cut them out... that's all one sentence. 71 words (73 if you count the hyphenated words as 3) of info-dump is more likely to exhaust readers than intrigue them.
Quote:
Cooking columnist meets her match in the Florida Keys, as she battles a crazed killer along with a raging hurricane.
Ooh, I just hate it when killers team up with hurricanes! That two-on-one action is just not fair!

...And now the bad news. Those were all from the Thriller/Suspense category, all novels, which I found by sorting by "most downloads." (Some were several pages in.) That means they were *popular.* Now I'm gonna show you the ones that aren't necessarily popular.
Quote:
A fable about lost identity, the American Dream... and death. The desperate narrative written by a man locked inside the labyrinth of his own mind... A fast-paced descent of the slippery slopes of morality into the inescapable Abyss...
A literary novella... with lots of pauses... to make it seem longer... so you can enjoy it more.
Quote:
This volume includes letters to Original Energy, Imhotep, Harriet Tubman, and Dr. Phil Valentine.
"And I'm selling them to you because the postage to send letters to most of them is, like, astronomical. Or astrological."
Quote:
Soon, teammates, opponents, the media, the cynics turn on him. Is Homer for real? You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this page-turning novel of an American hero.
Fourth wall? What fourth wall?

The next one has swear words, so I'm spoiler-tagging it.
Spoiler:
Quote:
We all have personal demons. Am I insane? I need to fuck. What is wrong with me? I need to fuck. Am I the only person on the planet feeling this way? I need to fuck. I cannot control this demon inside me. I need to fuck.

TMI, dude, TMI. Get a damn blog. And a Fleshlight.
Quote:
Sandra Ashton is a witch who suddenly finds herself dating three vampires. So, what do you do when you’ve got three immortal beings professing their undying or is that undead love for you?
I hire an editor who knows when 2nd person POV is useful and when it's distracting.
Quote:
The Gypsy. An Airship traveling around Europe with five belly dancers onboard, that also happened to spy for Queen Victoria. They are Lady C, Lilly, Gertie, Penny, and Sera.
The airship spied for Queen Victoria?
Quote:
The boy had to keep running, had to find a way out of the nightmarish building that had entrapped him for years now, but then he found someone, someone who could use his help in the fight for her life, and maybe, just maybe, help him in the fight for his freedom.
Keep running! Run some more! Run that sentence ON and ON and ON!
Quote:
It is said that one night they set up camp in the mountains after a stage coach robbery and as they were counting the stolen money around the campfire they were ambushed by another gang of outlaws known as the Smith and Wesson brothers.
WARNING: Author soaks keyboard with comma repellant.
Quote:
In the year 2057, in a post-apocalyptic world where three quarters of the population has been wiped out by a global pandemic, and a polar shift threatens the remainder of earth’s inhabitants, sixteen-year-old genetically altered teen, Lily Carmichael, faces bigger challenges—escape capture by a rogue government agency, save her family, and avoid falling in love.
It's okay; I think I found where they wandered off to.
Quote:
Guardians of the Throne Part III, picks up where the last book left off. After William and Isabel are seperated from Owen; they try to find their way back to each other as they continue to face danger.
Er, nice try? "Hey look, I found the dangly-bits keys?"
Quote:
Now that Ana can see, her summer has taken on a new direction. Instead of shopping and going to the beach with friends, she has to register with the Seer’s Council.
Such a clever twist on words! That won't confuse or annoy readers at all--using a common verb for a special talent requiring registration with a council!

It gets worse. I've been avoiding fantasy and science fiction, because "Unpronounceable the Alien and his Robot Dog Spot" (or the fantasy equiv, Unpronounceable the Fae Warrior and his Soul-Steed, Iggy) are annoyingly common. But I figure that, since I do browse those genres sometimes, I might as well share the pain.
Quote:
Betrayed by her best friend and banished to the unforgiving Desert of Bones, fifteen-year-old Sanyel is shocked to learn that the human-sacrificing Spood have crossed the desert to enslave her tribe. With the help of recently acquired friends Javen, Brilna, and the remarkable one-armed Izzy, Sanyel will undertake a perilous mission to the heart of the Spood Empire to rescue her friend.
Spood. Empire. At what point, in an author's budding career, does he say to himself, "I shall name my race of antagonists 'the Spood,' and grant them an empire?"
Quote:
The Earth is dying after an unspecified disaster. The land is cold and barren, hostile to the life it once nourished.
Well, that's one way to avoid the "Spood" problem: just don't mention what caused the problems your protagonists have to face.
Quote:
Dubya's Apocalypse is the eleventh revision of my Pazuzu Trilogy. The most distinguished feature of this revision is I've placed the story in Post-Apocalyptic America. I've given contemporary Republicans their dream – and consequently, all good has abandoned the planet. This is the world they're left with. I've also changed the names of the original characters into those of popular, public figures.
At least it's free. Anyone want to read a quarter-million words of political ranting thinly disguised as science fiction?
Quote:
A journey to another world for a small reason, could mean the difference between life and death. These four men will face more then they would've ever wished to bargain for. Will they live to see another day, or die trying?
I see we're improving from the "unspecified disaster." At least this one has reasons. Or, "a small reason." Why *else* would you journey to another world?
Quote:
The book you are about to read consists of all the Dancing with Darwin stories and novella's. What kind of world would it be if everyone had a Mental Disorder? What if there were no people who were Sane?
Aaaaaand I'm done now. No, I'm not looking at the sample (6% of 46k words... my, he has a low opinion of his writing, to think that giving out 15% samples would spoil his profitability) to find out just how much ablism is actually in the story (stories; 3 "novella's"). An author who thinks sanity and mental disorders are such EXOTIC concepts that they need to be capitalized... no, wait, he's positing a world in which "mental disorders" (no idea what he means by that) are universal. We don't usually capitalize universal traits.

Note to aspiring authors: Have someone non-sympathetic, like a random co-worker, read your blurb. If they frown at it, you did it wrong. If they laugh, and your story is not supposed to be funny, you did it wrong. If they say, "I think that comma belongs over here instead... you did it wrong. Even if the comma is in the right place. If what they noticed was the comma, and not the Compelling Tale Which They Should Immediately Want To Read, your blurb is not what it should be. Fix it.
Elfwreck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
poohbear_nc
Dinner? What Dinner?
poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.poohbear_nc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
poohbear_nc's Avatar
 
Posts: 29,850
Karma: 49167191
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Durham, NC
Device: Every Kindle Ever Made & To Be Made + Kobo Aura + Nexus7.2!
Quote:
The mountains of rural Georgia will never be the same after a series of viscous murders rock the area to its core.
Death by maple syrup?
poohbear_nc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 07:43 PM   #3
carpetmojo
Wizard
carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.carpetmojo ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 3,118
Karma: 9269999
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: UK
Device: Sony- T3, PRS650, 350, T1, T3T2 . Finally the Dark Side, aK-Paperwhite
Never laugh at your own joke .......


Let me ....
carpetmojo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 08:24 PM   #4
elemenoP
Wizard
elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 1,714
Karma: 3790058
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NYC
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, Sony 650
You could start a blog with these! Like the bad book covers one, but for blurbs.

eP
elemenoP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
Elfwreck
Grand Sorcerer
Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Elfwreck's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,140
Karma: 24387938
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
Quote:
Originally Posted by elemenoP View Post
You could start a blog with these! Like the bad book covers one, but for blurbs.

eP
But that would mean reading LOTS of them. On purpose.

And if I blogged them, people would expect links, or commentary, or something like that, unless...

...OMG, I think I've found a reason to start a Tumblr.

Eep.
Elfwreck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
pidgeon92
Wizard
pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pidgeon92 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
pidgeon92's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,774
Karma: 6230000
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chicago, IL
Device: Kindle PW2, Kindle Voyage, Kindle DXG, Boox M90, Kobo Aura HD
You had me at "viscous."
pidgeon92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 12:04 AM   #7
Freeshadow
temp. out of service
Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Freeshadow ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,325
Karma: 12999524
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Duisburg (DE)
Device: BeBook mini
About the needing one: who knows, maybe the reason for his book is to get money for a Fleshlight.
Freeshadow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 02:18 AM   #8
Catlady
Wizard
Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Catlady's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,087
Karma: 8994816
Join Date: Oct 2010
Device: jetBook Lite, Libre Color
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elfwreck View Post
Note to aspiring authors: Have someone non-sympathetic, like a random co-worker, read your blurb. If they frown at it, you did it wrong. If they laugh, and your story is not supposed to be funny, you did it wrong. If they say, "I think that comma belongs over here instead... you did it wrong. Even if the comma is in the right place. If what they noticed was the comma, and not the Compelling Tale Which They Should Immediately Want To Read, your blurb is not what it should be. Fix it.
I seriously doubt that the blurb per se is the biggest problem for these "authors."
Catlady is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 06:43 AM   #9
Apache
Readaholic
Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Apache ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Apache's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,331
Karma: 32927896
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South Georgia
Device: Nook Color / Nook HD+
Quote:
I was kicking around Smashwords, looking for ebooks for my husband, who wants books outside of my normal genre choices. That means I ran across blurbs outside my normal genre choices, and, eep, I hadn't realized how bad they can get.

Quote:
The mountains of rural Georgia will never be the same after a series of viscous murders rock the area to its core.
Must be North Georgia. South Georgia is all sand.
Apache
Apache is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #10
JoeD
Guru
JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.JoeD ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 883
Karma: 4235574
Join Date: Nov 2007
Device: Hanlin v3, iPad, Kindle 4NT
Not read all the examples, but one set of blurb that annoys me on Amazon (and this is from published authors from some of the big however many there are now) is when the blurb is comprised of only the following

"Great read" A person some paper
"Captivating, couldn't put it down" some other person who must carry around a lot as they can never put anything down.
"Wow" more probably paid people...
"Amazing" a few quotes that are likely just made up, hey who'll ever know...

But not a single paragraph summarising what the book is actually about nor even what genre it is. There may be samples available, but that's no excuse imo. It's quicker to read a quick summary and decide if it fits the kind of books I usually read enough to download the sample and try it.

I skipped a few books that were on offer for 20p the other day because of this. No idea what the book was about and didn't want to spend time downloading/reading a sample to find out :P Had there been a single paragraph of blurb that sounded even remotely interesting I'd have bought just bought them for the sake of 20p.
JoeD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #11
fjtorres
Grand Sorcerer
fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.fjtorres ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 7,925
Karma: 60862634
Join Date: May 2009
Location: 26 kly from Sgr A*
Device: PRS-T1, KT, PB701/IQ, K2, PB360, BeBook One, Axim51v, TC1000
Crazed Killer + raging hurricane?
CSI: Miami did it.
Didn't even muss Caruso's "hair".

Of course, if it involved a raging killer and a crazed hurricane...
fjtorres is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 08:50 AM   #12
xg4bx
Are you gonna eat that?
xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.xg4bx ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
xg4bx's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,619
Karma: 22984236
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phillipsburg, NJ
Device: Kindle 3, Nook STG
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeD View Post
Not read all the examples, but one set of blurb that annoys me on Amazon (and this is from published authors from some of the big however many there are now) is when the blurb is comprised of only the following

"Great read" A person some paper
"Captivating, couldn't put it down" some other person who must carry around a lot as they can never put anything down.
"Wow" more probably paid people...
"Amazing" a few quotes that are likely just made up, hey who'll ever know...

But not a single paragraph summarising what the book is actually about nor even what genre it is. There may be samples available, but that's no excuse imo. It's quicker to read a quick summary and decide if it fits the kind of books I usually read enough to download the sample and try it.

I skipped a few books that were on offer for 20p the other day because of this. No idea what the book was about and didn't want to spend time downloading/reading a sample to find out :P Had there been a single paragraph of blurb that sounded even remotely interesting I'd have bought just bought them for the sake of 20p.

Indie authors are also repeat offenders when it comes to this. "A great read"-Ted, Amazon reviewer. Ummm,ok, good for Ted but who is he and why should I care? Just tell me what your dopey novel is about.
xg4bx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 10:55 AM   #13
Catlady
Wizard
Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Catlady ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Catlady's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,087
Karma: 8994816
Join Date: Oct 2010
Device: jetBook Lite, Libre Color
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeD View Post
Not read all the examples, but one set of blurb that annoys me on Amazon (and this is from published authors from some of the big however many there are now) is when the blurb is comprised of only the following

"Great read" A person some paper
"Captivating, couldn't put it down" some other person who must carry around a lot as they can never put anything down.
"Wow" more probably paid people...
"Amazing" a few quotes that are likely just made up, hey who'll ever know...

But not a single paragraph summarising what the book is actually about nor even what genre it is. There may be samples available, but that's no excuse imo. It's quicker to read a quick summary and decide if it fits the kind of books I usually read enough to download the sample and try it.

I skipped a few books that were on offer for 20p the other day because of this. No idea what the book was about and didn't want to spend time downloading/reading a sample to find out :P Had there been a single paragraph of blurb that sounded even remotely interesting I'd have bought just bought them for the sake of 20p.
But your examples aren't blurbs, they're reviews.
Catlady is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #14
usuallee
Media Junkie
usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.usuallee ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
usuallee's Avatar
 
Posts: 267
Karma: 2039392
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Maine, USA
Device: Kindle PW; Nook HD; HTC Rezound
Yeesh. Yeah, none of those blurbs is making me regret avoiding the self-pub realm like the plague. Except for a laugh I suppose, but it's really more sad than anything if you think about it.

There should be some sort of minimum standard to weed out some of the irredeemable garbage. It would help keep authors with a degree of ability from being buried. I'm sure there are some self-published authors who can actually write, but I'm sure as heck not going to wade through the piles of sheer crap to find the odd gem. Sure, self published works tend to be cheaper, but you get what you pay for. Life's too short to read crappy books!
usuallee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2012, 11:34 AM   #15
elemenoP
Wizard
elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.elemenoP ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 1,714
Karma: 3790058
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NYC
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, Sony 650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Catlady View Post
I seriously doubt that the blurb per se is the biggest problem for these "authors."
You know, you're right. These blurbs are very valuable, and all authors should be forced to write their own blurbs. No editors allowed. If you can't put together one good paragraph, then I know I don't need to read the book!

eP
elemenoP is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pls review my cover and blurb Quiss Self-Promotions by Authors and Publishers 6 08-15-2012 06:08 PM
Does this blurb sound okay? mr ploppy Writers' Corner 24 01-16-2012 02:14 PM
Opinions on a blurb? OneandonlyDoc Writers' Corner 8 08-06-2011 12:13 PM
Writers Blurb Party joycedb Writers' Corner 11 11-03-2010 12:06 PM
Readius news blurb - for those still interested askyn News 3 02-21-2010 02:55 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:00 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.