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Book Blurb: Your Opinion is Requested!

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   22 Comments | Posted in contests · meme

Thank you everyone for your support of my goal to reach 100 followers! As I write this, I am only three readers short of the magic number. Wow! I am truly appreciative, and continue to be amazed by the support provided by fellow bloggers.  What a talented and generous community of people you are. Thank you!

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I need your opinion!

As you know, I’m addicted to Microfiction Monday. I love writing the 140 character stories and linking back to read those written by others. In fact, I enjoy it so much, I’d like to host my own meme. Here’s how it would work:

Every Friday I’ll post a photo that we’ll pretend is the cover of a book. In 150 words or less (length of the average book blurb) write the blurb that you think belongs on the back of the book. You create the story, decide the genre, fiction or non, etc. You’ll post your blurb on your site with a link from/to this one so others can find you or come here to participate.

The goal: Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers feel compelled to buy the book.

So, what do you think? If I get it started would you participate? Or are there already too many of these things floating around and taking up your time?  Yes, no, maybe? I’d love for you to leave a comment, but here’s a poll to make it easy for you to render an opinion:

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Thanks for your feedback!

Lisa

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22 Responses to "Book Blurb: Your Opinion is Requested!"

  1. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    February 16, 2011 at 7:26 am  

    I like that it would be at a different part of the week as Microfiction Monday and Magpie Tales.I LOVE that it is like a book pitch. Perhaps as we are writing about your photos, we are 1) getting some ideas for a new writing project and 2) honing our ability to write succinctly and compellingly about a project.Lisa, your idea is quite different from Microfiction Monday and Magpie Tales–it gives us a bit of direction (in a good way), and judging by the participation that those two memes get, I think lots of people would love to have another reason to write during the week.

  2. Comment by Margo Benson
    February 16, 2011 at 7:32 am  

    I agree with Sioux Roslawski. It'll be a very good discipline for writers.Friday is usually a good day for me too lol!

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    February 16, 2011 at 7:52 am  

    Lisa, Count me in. Sounds fun. This will certainly get the creative juices flowing.

  4. Comment by BECKY
    February 16, 2011 at 8:32 am  

    Wonderful idea, Lisa…and since it's YOU, I'll definitely participate! I just voted "yes" on your poll thingy! 🙂

  5. Comment by Karen Lange
    February 16, 2011 at 11:38 am  

    What a great idea! I would love to, but hesitate to commit only b/c of the time factor. I've been over committed lately and trying to get a balance back. Is it possible to jump in off and on?Happy Wednesday,Karen

  6. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    February 16, 2011 at 11:52 am  

    Hi Lisa, I think that is a great idea. I don't know if I'll write the blurbs because I'm chicken, but I would love it if you would feature my photos once in awhile!Congratulations on being so close to 100 followers, that is wonderful.Kathy

  7. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    February 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm  

    Oy. Why can't they make a meme that'll add hours to the day? Don't know if I'll have time to squeeze this writing in, but I'll zip over and read 'em!

  8. Comment by Lynn
    February 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm  

    Your link isn't there – I had the same problem with doing a link the other day on my blog. I wonder if it's a blogger glitch. At any rate, the idea sounds fun… I'm afraid to commit! Ha! But I'm sure I will some times at any rate.

  9. Comment by Lynn
    February 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm  

    Ooops, there it is. Maybe I didn't wait long enough —- hmmmm, wonder if that's what was going on with my blog.

  10. Comment by K9friend
    February 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm  

    If I become amazingly inspired by the prompt, count me in.Patwww.critteralley.blogspot.com

  11. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm  

    Hey everyone – Thanks for your input. So far it seems to be a definite maybe. LOL There is, of course, no commitment to this. On the weeks you have time, great; if you don't, we'll miss you that week. No pressure. I'll keep the poll running for a few days and hopefully get more feedback. Stay tuned! 🙂

  12. Comment by BECKY
    February 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm  

    Hey Lisa…"a definite maybe"…hmmm, sounds like most marriages….Sorry, I couldn't help myself! 😀

  13. Comment by Katie Gates
    February 17, 2011 at 2:47 am  

    Hi Lisa, I think that meme idea is positively fascinating. That being said, I've yet to join any meme bandwagons, so I can't say I'd participate. I feel overwhelmed enough by the tasks on my plate. Still, though, fascinating… I love the idea of describing a book that has yet to be written (or, possibly, written a million times already, but with different protagonists). Someone once told me that there are only about 7-8 plotlines in all of fiction…

  14. Comment by jabblog
    February 17, 2011 at 8:25 am  

    This sounds like fun! When do we start? (I'm a great starter, not always a good finisher – loads of unfinished projects around the house . . .)

  15. Comment by Tammy
    February 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm  

    Clever idea! And speaking of clever ideas, if I happened to have any, I would add mine. Unfortunately that light bulb only flashes from time to time…but I'm always up for something inspiring! I would love to read them even if I didn't participate!

  16. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    February 18, 2011 at 6:19 am  

    Yes I'd take part – I do Microfiction Monday and Haiku Wednesday, so Book Blurb Friday would suit me fine.I would like to protest the unfair poll though. Anything is better than a Jell-O mosh pit at a Jusitin Beiber concert! Come to think of it, I would rather be eating cold pork gravy and raw chitlins while ice fishing in the antarctic than be anywhere near a Justin Beiber concert!:Dom

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 18, 2011 at 6:38 am  

    Hi Becky – True that!Hey Katie – I thought about all the story ideas to be derived from this book blurb meme. Now you're telling me there's only 7-8…don't burst my bubble! LOL Whether this generates the creative flow I'm expecting remains to be seen. 🙂 Hi Jabblog – Hmmm…if enough people seem interested I'll probably get it started within a couple weeks. Hey Tammy – Your awesome blog is proof that you have ooh-gobs of clever ideas! If I get this thing going, feel free to participate (or not) as it suits you. 🙂

  18. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 18, 2011 at 6:40 am  

    Hey Dom — Good point on the Bieber concert. Give me a break though…it was late when I came up with those gems and I was tired! LOL Glad to know you'll participate. I'll keep you posted!

  19. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    February 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm  

    Hope you'll give this a try. Sounds like my cup of booze, er tea.

  20. Comment by Monica Manning
    February 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm  

    Count me in. I may not be inspired every time, but you'll be on my muse list. I love the concept and haven't come across it yet. Great idea. And thanks for stopping by my site.

  21. Comment by Susan Fobes
    February 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm  

    Lisa you know I'm a Microfiction junkie, so if you have it, I will come…

  22. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm  

    Hi Monica – Welcome! Glad to meet you and I hope to see you when I begin the Friday Book Blurb meme. Hey Susan – Cool! I've got enough folks interested to give the meme a go. I just have to figure out the logistics. Stay tuned!


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