Struggling for a tagline for THE GEEK WHO LOVED ME

I’m working on the blurb for TGWLM while the manuscript is out with one last editor combing for typos. I can’t put it off any longer. It must be done. I don’t expect anyone to buy it without knowing the basic story. So the challenge becomes: what the hell is my story about?

The blurb is what you see on the back cover of the book — or what you see when you flip through the pages on Amazon or BN or iTunes. It can be very short, like a movie hook (“He’s having the day of his life…over and over again.” –Groundhog Day) or several paragraphs long. I’m aiming for something in the middle.

I’m not talented at writing blurbs. In fact, I’d rather write another book. Or as I said on Twitter, clean a public restroom. There’s just something so painful about reducing 97,000 words into 100, 500, or even 1,000.

So I’ll be floundering about here to try to come up with something good because it helps to do it online. The weaknesses are more obvious, and everyone can chime in.

On my cover, the tagline is:  Some day your nerd will come. That makes me smile. I’m keeping that.

For the figurative back cover, however, I need more. A romance novel blurb usually has a paragraph devoted to each of the two main characters. So it would be outlined like this:

Paragraph One:

Heroine So-n-So is (blah blah) and (blah blah) when (blah blah blah happens.) When she (blahs) and (blahs), she has to (blah.) But (blah blah blah.)

Hero So-n-so is (blah blah blah), but heroine (blah blah) and he (blah blah.) Will he be able to (blah) or will (blah blah blah)?

Only (blah) will (blah.)

It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

Blah. I’ll post my efforts as soon as I squeeze out one that isn’t to embarrassing.

Developing a blurb for The Supermodel’s Best Friend, Redux

Throwing this out there. Blurbs are so hard to write. I think writers should get together in a blurb-writing co-op and hack them out for each other. But until that glorious day, here’s my solo first swipe at it:

The Supermodel’s Best Friend is for anyone curious to see a pair of overlooked sidekicks of the rich and beautiful get their happily-ever-after.

When her long-term fiancé dumps her, 34-year-old Lucy Hathcoat is determined to replace him as efficiently as possible. Her supermodel best friend is getting married to a billionaire – what better place than their week-long wedding to find a new man? Lucy isn’t picky; she just wants a decent guy who’s eager to start a family. Someone as logical, responsible, and practical as she is.

Definitely not the six-foot-five, fun-loving Miles Girard. Being totally hot and charming is not important. She doesn’t need a man who makes her laugh. A man who makes her jump in his lap and kiss him. A man who is wary of marriage and thinks she needs him more than she needs a husband.

Then again, why does she feel like she can’t live without him?

Oh, it’s such a fun book and want to get that across.

Developing a blurb for The Supermodel’s Best Friend

Within a month, my next book will be available to buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other outlets.

I’m working on a blurb to attract readers. Such as, I hope, yourself. (*waving*)((*on knees*))

Here’s what I posted on Kindleboards today (along with other writers giving heads-up about their upcoming releases):

I’ve got a new romantic comedy coming out in a few weeks. The working title was The Supermodel’s Short Redheaded Best Friend and the Billionaire’s College Dropout Buddy, but I think I’m going with the more manageable The Supermodel’s Best Friend. It’s a love story between two interesting characters who might have been stuck in a supporting role in, say, Harlequin Presents. With me at the wheel, Lucy and Miles get all the fun, hot, lovin’ action. The billionaire and the supermodel are in the background. Their luxurious destination wedding at an eco-resort in Northern California provides the colorful, mahem-friendly backdrop. There is a zip line through the redwoods, lots of recreational nudity, and

**SPOILER ALERT**

third base under a wedding cake.

**END SPOILER**

Obviously, I expect the Booker. But I’ll settle for thousands of downloads at $2.99.

October!

Still working on the cover. Past life as graphic designer coming in handy, though I’m not sure if I want to go full-Chicklit or something new.

As soon as I have some working sample covers, I’ll post them here.

p.s. Spoiler involved a wedding cake and third base.