Sunday, 10 July 2011

This week's word is: BLURB

Hello dragon fans. If there is one word that makes a writer crumble behind his desk it's 'SYNOPSIS'. This is basically a one page description of a novel. Publishers will often ask an author to provide a synopsis before they commission a book. It's a sort of 'try before you buy' option. Authors hate doing them, because as any good writing dragon knows, the story often changes as the book is being written. Sometimes, the finished story has no bearing on the synopsis at all. We have never had to do one for the Last Dragon Chronicles because the author's publisher has always taken it on trust that our hero (or his dragon) can produce a good tale. However, what they always want is a BLURB.

Blurbs are the second thing authors fret about. It's bad enough having to describe a book in one page. Writing a blurb-sized paragraph for the back cover can be very trying. To be fair, the author is quite reasonable at them, but even he had to gulp when his publisher asked if he could produce one for, erm, tomorrow. The problem is, how do you produce a good blurb when the book is only two-thirds complete? Thankfully, the publisher's request made the author focus his attention a bit. As a result he's finally worked out what The Fire Ascending, indeed the whole series, is actually about! You won't learn that from the blurb. That has to be kept a secret until you read the book. But we can at least share the blurb with you. It might get tweaked yet, but this is the gist of it. So here it is, exclusively for the notepad. The back cover copy for The Fire Ascending. Until next time. Happy reading. Hrrr!

A boy and his dragon are about to rise

“But if Gwilanna’s somewhere else in time…” Zanna argued, “…will Guinevere even catch Gawain’s fire tear, let alone drop it into the ocean?”
“She has to,” David said. “Or Scuffenbury is lost. We’ll have no ice cap and we’ll have no bears. No Liz, no Lucy, no dragons…no me.”

On Earth, at the battle of Scuffenbury Hill, time has been suspended. Dragons and their natural enemies, darklings, are trapped in a bitter, unresolved conflict. But at the dawn of history, something is working to bring about an outcome. A mysterious force is rewriting the timelines, and turning legend into startling reality…

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