Would this book cover copy sell this collection of novellas?

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    Anonymous

    I have received alot of great and generous responses about book cover copy of a novella ‘The Castaway’ from a previous post. This particular copy is from my collection of novellas called ‘Jamaican Moon and Other Stories. I used what my editor’s introduction to this collection as my back cover copy. From what I’ve learned about the cover copy from the previous posts, is the copy cover of this collection too much? Is their a hook in it?

    You’ve heard of great symphonies orchestrated so that you can feel the emotion, almost see what the composer was seeing. With this book in hand you will now have the opportunity to visit a symphony of words. The writer is a young man brim full of thoughts and stories. His writing, as bright as the stars he captivates us with, carries you away to unknown vistas. Much of his story line incorporates his own experience, and he learned at a very young age to write about what he knows and loves. Matt Janacone is a part and parcel of everything he writes. He has many talents and could have gone several different directions with his career. As he shares his imagination with us, you will learn of his surprise at the discovery of his gift. Yes, writing is a gift. Matt believes this and thrives on the multitude of ideas and story lines that fill his mind. We discover in Jamaican Moon the story of struggle, independence, worldly battles, love and recognition—all brought to you in a language in which you will relate. You will travel to unknown places, and enjoy the differences in culture. The magic of the Caribbean reaches out to with the everyday life of the inhabitants. In Bad Blood, we are taken to the heights of first love, stargazing, diversity, and caring. When Joel, the main character, finds the joy of writing, you will be reminded of life’s harsh reality when choosing a career, the questioning and guilt when there are others involved in your choices, but the joy of understanding and giving love will remind you of happiness gained through sharing. You will see in Condo Joe a great feeling for the South and the author’s zest to experience all there is available in life as well as in the imagination. Just imagine monkeys, mermaid, and ninjas—all in one breath—then try to put it all together. The author does this in a within-life fairy tale. I would like to think of it as the magic of the sea.

  • #655000

    cypher
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    Just my opinion, but your copy reads to me as if your book is secondary to yourself as a writer.

    I would keep the first sentence, substitute “collection of novellas” for “book in hand”, then delete everything until you reach “We discover in Jamaican Moon the story of …..” up to “Just imagine monkeys … ” I think I would cut the last three sentences, too.

    You can take or leave my criticism. I am hardly an expert and have great trouble writing good copy for my own book blurbs. 🙁 Good luck with whatever you decide to use.

  • #655001

    Anonymous

    Hi, Oldtimer, thank you for the suggestions.

    So, delete everything from: “The writer is a young man brim full of thoughts and stories. His writing, as bright as the stars he captivates us with, carries you away to unknown vistas. Much of his story line incorporates his own experience, and he learned at a very young age to write about what he knows and loves. Matt Janacone is a part and parcel of everything he writes. He has many talents and could have gone several different directions with his career. As he shares his imagination with us, you will learn of his surprise at the discovery of his gift. Yes, writing is a gift. Matt believes this and thrives on the multitude of ideas and story lines that fill his mind.”

    And then delete: “Just imagine monkeys, mermaid, and ninjas—all in one breath—then try to put it all together. The author does this in a within-life fairy tale. I would like to think of it as the magic of the sea.”

  • #655002

    Anonymous

    The back cover is virtually the same as a query. It’s not about describing the story or stories. It’s about getting the reader to open the book.

    Go look at some back covers and the blurbs on them. Do they say about their book what you say in yours?

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