What is your book about?

8 Jan

I hate that question! It’s a great question but it’s impossible to answer.

Are you asking for a plot summary or a dissertation about the meaning of the book?

If I could answer the question in one sentence or one paragraph, I wouldn‘t need to have spent 15 years writing and rewriting the manuscript of my novel.

It’s an eminently reasonable question, though. I ask it all the time.

I need to be able to talk and write about my novel. There’s call for a one-liner, an elevator speech, a pitch to agents and publishers, a website description, and book jacket copy. All of these versions are different.

I’m still trying to figure out what my novel is about. Considering a variety of images for the cover, though, forced me to get closer to the essence of this book.

Next time, maybe someone will say, “Tell me about your book.” I like that much better than “what’s your book about?”


2 Replies to “What is your book about?

  1. I recently purchased Eleanor’s Wars when I attended a reading by you at the Andover Book Store in Andover, Ma. Once I started reading it, I found I could not put it down. It was absolutely riveting and I was fully engaged upon reading the first page! I was actually sad when I came to the end. I hope you will write a sequel as the characters lives are so interesting! Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable novel!

    • Thank you, Lorraine, for your wonderful comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed Eleanor’s Wars. I’d really appreciate it if you’d be willing to post your comments on Amazon — you do not need to have bought the book from them to post a review. I AM working on a sequel but it’ll take awhile to complete and publish.
      Thanks, again.

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