Thursday, May 25, 2006

Marketing Information Form, part one and book giveaway!

Captain’s Log, Stardate 05.25.2006

Marketing Information Form, part one:
I know several writers read this blog, so I’m sorry if you’re not a writer. Today and tomorrow’s posts are probably only interesting to pre-pubbed writers.

Not all publishing houses have this, but mine gave me a Marketing Information Form to fill out so that the Marketing and Artwork departments can figure out the catalog blurbs (or copy) and the cover art.

Here are a few major items from the sheet, which might be good for any writer to know about their novel:

POV: Which and how many. Mine is third person, with two viewpoints—heroine and hero. I’d like to do first person, but I also want my stories accessible to romance readers, who sometimes don’t care for first person. Chick-lit readers can read both first and third person, so I went with the common denominator.

Emotion: What emotion best describes the book? What genre? What is the primary thing you as the writer want your readers to know about the book?

I said my book was both chick-lit and romance, and the one thing I wanted readers to know before cracking the cover is that it’s fun, clean, entertaining romance.

I am not out to win a Pulitzer Prize. I am not out to make my readers cry. In fact, I think I’d be very sad if my readers cried. I want an engrossing, engaging beach read that has my readers staying up until 2 a.m. to finish, and sighing at the end.

Tomorrow: What cover styles I’d like for my book, or A Peek Into the Frightening Mind of Camy.