If you’re working on writing up queries or synposes, I’ve found it sorta fun and helpful to write up one of those “back cover” blurbs that you see on the back of books as practice. Writers tend to be huge readers, which means we’ve all read about a million of these.
Not only is it fun to imagine that your books will actually have one of these written about it sometime, it’s also a really helpful warmup for writing synopses (which I hate).
Here’s one I wrote up for fun for God’s War a while back:
Nyx had already been to Hell. One prayer more or less wouldn’t make any difference…
In the bloody wastes of Nasheen, a centuries-old holy war rages.
Fueled by Tirhani arms dealers, organic technicians, brawling mullahs, and swarms of magician-trained locusts, the origins of the war are shady and complex. It’s taken a bloody mix of mercenaries, bounty hunters, rogues, pirates and bel dames to enforce it.
Today, a godless woman may end it.
Bounty hunter Nyxnissa so Dasheen left God and her dead brothers at the front. Now she works the border cities cutting heads off terrorists for cash.
But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx’s crooked reputation makes her the preferred tool for the rogue’s recovery. The stuff inside this bounty’s head could end the war… but at what price?
Nyx is about to find out.
Man, I’m a fan girl.