I recently ran across Carol Ann Eastman, who writes as Angelisa Stone, on a Facebook group for authors, and it turns out she offers a blurb-writing service. Since I have struggled with writing catchy blurbs, I decided to give her a try.
Before I reveal the results of her magic (and I DO mean magic), Carol Ann, tell me how you got started offering this service for writers.
Fellow author, Christine Zolendz and I quickly became “author besties.” We actually wrote a laugh-your-ass-off chick-lit book together. It’s basically Thelma & Louise meets Bridesmaids. It’s called #TripleX. If you are annoyed by your husband, want to throttle your kids, and puke a little in your mouth when you see your naked body in the mirror as you chomp down on M&Ms, then #TripleX is the humorous story for you.
But anyway, while we spent the year working on the book together, Christine discovered that BLURBS were my forte. She basically FORCED me into doing this. She got my name out there in her writing groups and then BAM! My email starts filling up with people who want help with their blurbs. I am THRILLED and totally indebted to my lifelong writing friend, Christine Zolendz.
What elements do you focus on to create the perfect blurb?
I actually think: “What would make me want to read this book?” I search for the hook that would drag a nonreader into wanting to read it.
Carol Ann markets herself under the moniker the Blurb Bitch, but she wasn’t bitchy at all. She was very professional and easy to work with. She gave me a sample and I liked it so much that I asked her to do all FOUR of my books.
Carol Ann is also a writer under several pen names. Why did you choose to go with separate pen names, and what would you tell readers who are interested in finding you? Where should they start?
I am going to try to tell this story as quickly as I can in easy, bullet points!
- I wrote an erotic, raunchy, vulgar novel, SCHOOLED as Deena Bright. It is hot!
- I was a high school teacher. It was about a high school teacher sleeping with TWO male students–who were OUT OF COLLEGE.
- My school district fired me. SO TRUE. Look it up!
- I hired a BADASS federal attorney and got my job back. THE FIRST AMENDMENT ROCKS!
- I still wanted to write, but “Deena Bright” was sick of the yucky publicity.
- I became Angelisa Stone. (Such a sexy name!) I wrote three books as Angelisa.
- I also wrote a book as me, Carol Eastman, about my mom dying of Cancer. Total tear-jerker.
- Then, I quit my stupid teaching job after they started screwing with my schedule and all kinds of other bull crap.
- So Deena came back. Angelisa still lives on. And Carol is who I love being!
If anyone is interested in reading my books or chatting with me, then all of my names have Facebook accounts. If anyone is interested in getting some blurbs rewritten, then check out my website: www.blurbbitch.com.
Thank you Lily for this opportunity. It really means a lot to me.
Now, let me say that I have re-written the blurb for my first book, No Strings Attached, at least twenty times, and published at least five versions. This book was a lot of things to me, and it was rewritten so much, it was hard for me to summarize it. In fact, the summary that I gave Carol was very very long…
Here was my last attempt, we’ll call it BC, or before Carol…
A steamy story of a woman torn between duty and desire, truth and betrayal— After a summer fling in Vegas, now Fox Thornton and Laura Todd must work together. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t add up, and all signs point to embezzlement. Fox vows to bring the thief to justice, but Laura is his main suspect. Can he follow his heart while making sure that justice is served?
And this is what she gave me…
There’s a fine line between truth and deception.
When Laura Todd discovers that her new boss is Fox Thornton, the sexy, blue-eyed man that she wowed in Las Vegas, she realizes that there’s more at stake than a “no strings attached” fling. After all, strings can weave a tangled web of deceit and betrayal. Fox knows how crafty and clever Laura is, but he was hired to find out why her company is losing money. He can’t deny that all evidence points to Laura. Fox’s reputation as a fixer is on the line, and he vows to find the truth–even if it means taking down the one woman he’s wanted all along.
I fell in love all over again! So, authors, if you’re struggling, get in touch with Carol. I mean it. She’s a gem, and she’s reasonable.