I’m back from the cave (actually, we call it Nanna’s room, for when she visits—otherwise it’s where I write.)
I’ve finally pressed the upload button on Amazon, and Arafura – Unfinished Business (the sequel to Arafura – Blood, the Wet and tears) is floating in cyber-space, hopefully not like space junk.
Arafura – Unfinished Business will have the odd mistake. It hasn’t been ‘professionally’ edited, but a few generous souls have given it the once over, and made valuable suggestions. Overall, they have been very supportive (except the one who wanted to slap a main character, and thanks, that was constructive.)
Every time I edit, there’s still a full-stop or an extra space/letter/repeated word/verb that could be more active/passive voice/split infinitive/spelling-formatting error/quotation mark one space short/incorrect indent/inconsistent voice/joke too far or not funny enough, sentence starting with but ….
But I’m not going to wear my hair shirt over it. At recent editing training for work, the instructor discussed footage of JK Rowling with her editor – who told the author something like, ‘Ooops, here the person with one hand is clapping’, and, ‘You don’t need the whole of chapter three – remove it‘. ‘Okay,’ Ms Rowling said, cool as a cucumber. It’s reassuring, to hear that – cheaper than therapy.
Not being a tactical, military person who lives to play, and/or dream up war games and terrorist plots and shoot/apprehend/chase/blow-up criminals, I hope I’ve accounted for all guns/weapon/wounds where they should be, and when. I think my baddies are bad (they scared me anyhow – how did they sneak into my romance??)—I’ve drawn on evil I’ve heard about first hand (thankfully not lived first hand). I’ve researched my gaps, interviewed experts, and hope the plot is compelling enough to make the reader suspend disbelief when necessary (as in James Bond movies etc., I can only wish…) Seriously, the things writers get away with…and isn’t a lot of fact stranger than fiction anyway?
I’ve grappled with swear words, suspense and sex, how far I want to go… I’ve tried to follow advice and amend my language to US style (alas, to no avail, and to be discussed in a future post).
I hope Arafura – Unfinished Business takes the reader on an emotional journey, of ups and downs, fear and hope, sexual tension, love, lust and hate, darkness and light; and I wouldn’t be satisfied if the reader didn’t emit the occasional snort of laughter from the banter between the two main characters. Goodness, I wish they would shut up – they are still carrying on – their voices in my head, like a travelling circus of boisterous characters on a steam train that takes ages to grind to a halt.
Stories are like people, you can’t please everyone. Not everyone will like you/me, or my/your writing/hero-ine/ending/beginning/humor/’ham-fisted’ theme/sub-plot /partner/cooking/dog/fashion-sense/third-cousin removed. But diversity is the spice of life, is it not?
Anyhow, to the theme of this post – how to write a sizzling book description. After a bit of research, it’s clear a description should have –
- an implied whole story with a hook, or a question/itch that has to be answered/scratched
- a story that moves the reader, takes the reader somewhere, and the read must be worth the emotional journey
- a hero who offers conflict at a basic level, who can transform – one who has a primal goal everyone can identify with, and
- something to offer the reader. Why should they bother reading the book?
Okay … how about this?
Love is patient. Love is kind. Sometimes love is explosive ….
Schoolteacher Katherine is kidnapped by terrorists outside a supermarket one balmy evening after being stalked by an unconnected, odious suitor – a police officer.
Soon Kat is caught up in a plot to wreak havoc in Darwin, her unruly emotions over the man who rescues her, and an ex-fiancé who refuses to move on.
As time runs out, how can they convince the authorities to take the terrorists’ plans seriously?
Arafura – Unfinished Business is a gritty romance with a bit of sex, dynamite, and hilarity – not always at the same time …
Any suggestions about what compels you to read a book?