Monday, January 09, 2017

Blurb for Young Seasons Short Story Collection

I'm still not done drafting one of the stories in my Young Seasons short story collection, but I'm already starting to think about what I'll need to publish the collection. This will be in eBook format only for now. (At some point, I'll combine more of my short stories into an eBook/paper collection, and I'll include the Young Seasons stories.) I'm not ready for Maria Zannini to design the cover yet, but I have started working on the blurb. It's a little more challenging to write one for a collection since there are four separate stories, not just one. Here's my first draft:




A child must tap into the Spring Avatar’s memories of previous lives as she tries to save her mother and baby brother….
A Winter Avatar with newly woken magic faces enemies she didn’t know she had…
The Fall Avatar must protect a kitten she’s bonded with from her disapproving family….
When the Summer Avatar tries to get the attention of her true love, the wrong person responds to her call….

Before the Season Avatars of Challen came together, The Four Gods and Goddesses of Challen sent Their Avatars to vastly different lives. The challenges the four young women faced shaped them as they grew ready to claim their destinies. Learn more about Gwen, Jenna, Ysabel and Kay as Young Season Avatars. Includes the first chapter of Scattered Seasons, Book Two in the Season Avatars series. 

 Any thoughts? I'm sure I'll need to revise the blurb a couple of times before I come up with a final version. Feel free to leave constructive criticism in the comments.

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not sure I'd include the last line about the chapter, at least in the blurb, but I think that's a really good one.

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks for the comment, Alex! I'm not sure yet if I actually will include the sample chapter, but if I do, I may mention it only in the Introduction to the collection.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm working on a cover right now for a short story collection.

It's tough in a short story collection because of the disparate story lines.

The best thing to do is to find the unifying theme that ties them together. In this instance: young girls on the verge of taking their place, and the Seasons.

I'd definitely start the blurb with a modified version of this part:

The challenges the four young women faced shaped them as they grew ready to claim their destinies. Learn more about Gwen, Jenna, Ysabel and Kay as Young Season Avatars.

Introduce the Seasons' world first before you delve into each story line. This would give readers a better base, imo.

Pat Dilloway said...

"sent Their Avatars"

their Avatars

As a nitpicky thing I'd put the seasons in proper order: winter, spring, summer, fall or fall, winter, spring, summer, or however you want to do it.

Sandra Almazan said...

Good points, Maria!

Pat, "Their" refers to the Four Gods and Goddesses of Challen, so that's why it's capitalized. Thanks for checking!

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