Wednesday, November 03, 2021

The Insecure Writer's Support Group


It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

November 3 question - What's harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

Titles have never been a problem for me. Blurbs aren’t much more difficult as coming up with back cover synopsis is what I do as a publisher. It’s all about reworking the basic blurb to really highlight the key elements that would draw in a reader.


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We are heading into the Christmas season. A friend recently posted on Facebook - buy local, buy small business, support a self-employed friend.

I could give everyone a big discount – a free book! – and I would get few takers.

So, this year I will just appeal to your humanity. Look at the titles we represent. Look at the authors, struggling with so few live events these past few years. Your purchase makes such a huge difference to them and to us. DLP needs help. Thanks to my amazing husband, who not only brings home the bacon but does ALL of the graphics for DLP, we continue to survive. But that is the key word – survive.

You are a close knit group. I entice you to support one another. Buy direct. Buy local and small business. And help us get through this incredibly tough (worse than 2020) year.



34 comments:

Liza said...

Thank you for this important reminder. Time to visit my little downtown...

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Great reminder to buy direct and local. Thanks, Diane.

Nick Wilford said...

That's a timely reminder. Best wishes for the end of the year and I hope Christmas is good to you.

Blurbs really need intriguing elements that make them stand out from other books. It's not easy to do.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

We survive by helping one another: it's why villages were born in the first place. Blurbs are the bait which sets the hook of catching a new reader. Like mini-skirts -- they have to be short with flair. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You've helped me with both titles and blurbs!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

You are one of the main reasons I am so blessed in my career. Yes, we need to help each other. Through thick and thin.

Jemi Fraser said...

We've been focusing on small & local for our purchases for the last few years - definitely even more important during this pandemic!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Excellent reminder! Off to buy a book...

Rachna Chhabria said...

Blurbs and synopsis are very difficult for me.

emaginette said...

As a publisher, no doubt you know what sells in titles and blurbs. We count on that when we submit. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Carol Kilgore said...

Blurbs, book descriptions, synopses are all extremely difficult for me. I usually have a title before I start writing, but sometimes it ends up not fitting the story and needs to change. That's the only time I have trouble with them.

Lee Lowery said...

I completely agree with you about supporting one another. The new direction of the book club is an excellent way to support our members, and always, buying their books, as funds permit.

Olga Godim said...

Sometimes, a blurb is harder to write than the story itself.

Erika Beebe said...

I'm hoping 2022 will be better for all of us. We do need to support each other. Thank you for the reminder.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've at least got an inkling! LOL

Fundy Blue said...

Definitely I will check out the DLP books, Diane. You write excellent blurbs, and your husband's illustrations are awesome. The pandemic has not been kind to the publishing world. It's got to get better, right! Sending you a big shot of encouragement and a hug!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Excellent point. I will be buying books by my writing friends for Christmas gifts to myself.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Now more than ever, it's so important to support one another.

Jennifer Hawes said...

I will check out DLP books for sure! I have a problem buying books. It's a habit I can't/won't break!

Liz A. said...

It has been quite a year, hasn't it?

kimlajevardi.com said...

I hope the push to buy local is very successful. I know I plan to do some local buying.

DMS said...

For many years I have bought local for as many things as I can (gifts and otherwise). So important!

I fund titles easier than blurbs.
~Jess

Diane Burton said...

You make a very good point, Diane. It's been a tough year for so many businesses. We have to support each other.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane - a very sensible down to earth post - we all need to do local and support our blogging friends ... take care and all the best - Hilary

Gwen Gardner said...

Yes, but local! I always do when I can. Great post!

Chemist Ken said...

You must get so much practice writing blurbs that it's old hat to you by now. Take care!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I wish you luck with thriving as a publisher instead of just surviving. We are definitely in tough times.

Toi Thomas said...

Sounds advice on titles and blurbs. Thanks for the reminder to support local and small businesses.

Abby Harding Writes said...

Yes! Buy local! And I love the idea of supporting our fellow writers this Christmas.

I personally despise all forms of marketing writing for my own books. Mostly because it's haaaaard, haha. I wonder if it will ever get easier, or if it will just be a part of writing I never enjoy.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes! Buy local and direct. Buy authors you love who are right here. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Blurbs are much harder for me than titles. I had my title in mind for my current book well before I started writing it. Still working on the blurb, though.

Thanks for the emphasis. Supporting each other is what we do best and need to keep doing.
Cheers, Diane.

H. R. Sinclair said...

Absolutely the best tip for this holiday season!

Tara Tyler said...

I agree. I avoid Amazon at all costs. I plan to help small businesses as much as possible. I hope the book events draw more readers next year... pretty sparse so far. Another goal of mine is to figure out a way to reach more people without the tainted social medias... I have a couple of crazy ideas... I will email you one I think would be hilarious and fun!

Tara Tyler Talks

SpacerGuy said...

Hi Friends, I've been giving to the blogging community for 15 years without cost to readers, without fail every month. I often think of ebooks, amazonisation and marketing using Star Trek© and often wonder? Is it even possibe? Its a tough business that for sure.