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Posted on 8 May 2012 16:57:16 BDT
Suze says:
What does seriously annoy me more than anything else is one line of description in the middle of half a page of reviews in bold type. If I want to read the reviews I'll scroll down to the bottom of the page to find them, I don't want them shoving down my throat when I just want to read a book description.

Posted on 8 May 2012 17:15:39 BDT
Susan C says:
Or, the worst faux pas of all, using the synopsis to spoil the entire plot, including the twist at the end.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:15:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2012 17:17:46 BDT
Anne says:
Good point Suze. I looked at a freebie yesterday where I couldn't find out what the book was about because of all the extracts from reviews filling up the page. I would rather that the writer left us to make our own judgements about what the book is about. I would then look at reviews below if I wanted to get an opinion. Isuppose that authors are just trying to make their book stand out from the crowd but it is irritating - I also don't want them to publish an extract in the synopsis box, if I want to read some of the book I shall look at a sample

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:17:02 BDT
Anne says:
Some authors don't seem to understand what a synopsis is for and just outline the whole plot of the book - not what I'm looking for - some reviewers do it too.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:18:20 BDT
Suze says:
It doesn't make it stand out for me, because I just won't buy it or download it even if it's free. There's enough books out there where I don't have to search for a description, so I don't bother with the ones where I do have to search.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:23:00 BDT
Sorry if I may be a bit pedantic here, but what you refer to as synopsis is actually called a blurb.

A synopsis is used in publishing, for submitting to agents and editors and they outline the whole plot including the ending, whereas as blurb is a short overview of what's happening in the book, a teaser, if you will, like a film trailer.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:25:19 BDT
Suze says:
I always thought it was synopsis as well, and blurb just slang. You aren't being pedantic (well a little bit :-)), and it's nice to know the correct term for some things.

Posted on 8 May 2012 17:26:11 BDT
What I actually hate is if I find... nothing.

How could an author possible expect a reader to buy a book without description? That's just odd.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:27:30 BDT
I think it's called synopsis in the film industry, but I'm not sure. And I think Americans often refer to the blurb as synopsis. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:28:30 BDT
Suze says:
Perhaps it is a description and the book is about nothing. * are just as bad.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:32:08 BDT
But that went viral a year or so back, remember? That book what men want or something?

Sold like hot cakes. People are just weird.

I prefer a short description without too much fluff, but giving the 'tone' of the book. What I really like if the genre is mentioned as you sometimes don't know if the book is too low in the ranks.

Posted on 8 May 2012 17:42:04 BDT
Lilian says:
I just had a 'look inside' a book and was totally put off by 'seething passion' 'dashing cavalier' and similar phrases!
Shame really because it looks like a good read from the reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:45:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2012 17:45:55 BDT
Suze says:
dashing cavalier, where do they come up with these. I bet the author was really pleased with that one, and I think it sounds dreadful.

Edit: please tell me it wasn't one of Stellas books.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:49:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2012 17:50:34 BDT
Eh, you read CS and would possibly know better. :-)

I'm sure there are plenty of words in my books, too (feel free to spit them out), that put people off. Taste is subjective, but dashing cavalier has me running for the hills, too.

Edit: I think dashing cavalier would be suitable for regency romance or something like that. It's a bit of an archaic language, no?

Posted on 8 May 2012 20:11:51 BDT
Anne says:
I was using synopsis in its sense of a precis of the meaning of a larger piece of writing rather than in a technical sense. I am aware that the blurb is what you call the bit on the back of a book or the inside of a dustcover which provides a synopsis of the story. Was not aware that synopsis had another meaning in publishing terms.

Whatever it is called ... I agree with people that it has to have one. A blank space is not sufficient and nor is just one line but then again, it does have to be kept brief. Actiually, most authors seem to manage it fine and that is why the exceptions are so annoying. I would just add that sometimes people leave out important stuff too - I need to know if its is a short story or if it is a Young Adult book as I don't want to read either.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 20:23:58 BDT
I would agree with that as I said above. It would be better if Amazon would ask for the genre (which they do) but also have the genre visible at all times, not only when the book is in the top 100 of its genre.

Before the description, perhaps or where it says the size of the book. It's far easier to navigate then.

Posted on 8 May 2012 22:56:13 BDT
gailpz says:
'Wacky', 'ditzy', 'brooding good looks'

Posted on 9 May 2012 03:13:46 BDT
"based on a true story" - puts me off films as well as they usually have a sad ending.
"winner of the ......... prize" - ok if it's a prize you've actually heard of.
and the worst of the lot - "as recommended by .........'s tv book club"

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 07:05:54 BDT
Suze says:
Forgot to tell you. I did finish CS and found it to be pretty good. Didn't come across any bad typos or sentences which didn't make sense either. I'll re read it again but not for a couple of years, which is the norm for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 10:02:04 BDT
Totally agree on 'Winner of the prize'... dreadful.

I know at least two films that have good endings. There's one with a dolphin, super cute and it has a happy ending.
We bought a Zoo has a one, too. I'll publish one some time this year, which is based on a true story and won't have a sad ending.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 10:08:13 BDT
Oh, thank you. I had written it off as: ah, she found it okay-ish, but doesn't want to hurt me by saying, she didn't like the ending as I knew you were already 80% through it. Phew, relief it hasn't disappointed.

Posted on 9 May 2012 10:36:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2012 10:36:48 BDT
Don't know if it had been mentioned yet, but when I see all the 5 out of 5 stars and copy pasted reviews before the book description, it's rather irritating. Want to tell the author that I'm perfectly capable of reading them if I wanted to.

And super long book titles, often in brackets. Things like that belong in the description. Try putting that on a paperback...

Posted on 9 May 2012 10:38:48 BDT
Oh and 'we follow the heroine'. Er, excuse me, but WE don't do anything. I do read by myself, you see?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 11:01:19 BDT
Suze says:
Sorry, my fault as I should have told you sooner. I finished it last week. Is this one part of a series as I do love series and prefer them to stand alone books most of the time.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 11:06:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2012 11:09:51 BDT
No, it's not your fault. You read it and therefore have done your 'duty' as reader. But thank you for the feedback, it's much appreciated.
It's part of a series. The first is No Wings Attached. Just out of curiosity: didn't it come up in the end? I put references to the other books at the end. Might have been my mistake, formatting it wrongly. :-(

Beware: words to avoid in the blurb: light-hearted.
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