I have spent hours, over the course of several days, writing 139 words.

That’s not really true. I’ve written a lot more than 139 words. But I have spent days choosing words, adding words, and deleting many (many, many) words. I have gotten feedback and made edits. I have rearranged and replaced and polished.

And I have a blurb.

For something so important, the term “blurb” seems trite! We could use the alternate term, “book description,” which is more dignified and more boring. Let’s stick with “blurb.” A blurb tells what a book is about. It should give you just enough information to make you want to read the book, without giving too many spoilers. You find blurbs on the backs of books and on Amazon and other online booksellers.

A book’s cover and blurb are of massive importance if an author wants people to actually read his or her book. My blurb for Facing the Sun took a lot more time to write than I expected, but I know this is one of the most vital ways for me to use my time as an independent author.

Here it is:

Magic is inherently good…but people aren’t.

Tavi Malin is born facing the sun, filled with greater magic than other sun-blessed children. When she becomes a young woman and her magic awakens, Tavi’s uncontrolled power nearly destroys her schoolhouse, leaving her confidence as shaken as her surroundings.

As Tavi and her friends learn to use their gifts, they are unaware of the threat developing in a distant city. A small group has discovered an ominous force called gray magic, and they will kill to attain it. But to seize real power, the Grays must grow their ranks—and Tavi is a prize worth pursuing.

In her stand against the Grays, Tavi will need every bit of her magic and the courage to wield it. Will she embrace her own strength, or will her self-doubt be the key to her defeat?

I hope you want to read Facing the Sun, if you didn’t already. (Or I hope it tells you this is not the book for you, which is also an important purpose of a blurb!)

The first version of this blurb was 197 words long. I got feedback, edited it, got feedback, edited more, lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually I had this version, 139 words. It felt a lot like writing poetry to me–the obsession over each and every phrase. And I enjoyed it more than I would have expected.

Book and Series Update: After finishing a major revision, I’ve sent Facing the Sun to its second group of beta readers. And I’m working on the plot for Book Two. Here we go!

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