A couple weeks back, Madison Woods stopped by and asked us if we’d be interested in taking over her hands-down-one-of-the-best-ways-to-get-real-reader-feedback series, “Vote for it”. Of course we said “Yes!”
Every week, Madison gave her blog over to a 25-word elevator pitch sent in by an author. Readers of her blog had the opportunity to vote for whether the 25-word blurb made them curious or not about the book. Would they buy such a book? Though the voting is anonymous, many readers opted to leave a comment too, helping the author get a sense of what was working and what wasn’t. And we are honored and excited to continue the tradition.
“Authors, what we’re measuring is reader interpretation. What does someone think of your book when they read your short blurb? Does it make them want to buy it or at least read further? Editors and publishers may look at these blurbs differently, but ultimately, they’re readers too.” (Madison Woods)
So what happens now? Read the pitch/blurb below and then vote if you think you’d be interested enough buy the book. If you have constructive crit to offer, share it in comments below!
Reminder: Please only vote if you can be objective about the quality of the blurb. Don’t vote ‘No’ because you don’t read or if you’re flat-out not a fan of the genre or type of book.
Title: Earth Sink Author: Ilyan Kei Lavanway
Genre: Science Fiction
“Earth Sink. Face unfathomable horror and anguish. The luxury of death eludes you. The world calls it fable, until history’s most denied climax becomes undeniable.”
Share your thoughts, canaries! Would you buy it?
If you too want to put your 25-word elevator pitch to the test, send us your blurb (of 25 words of less) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “25 word pitch.” But be warned, 25 word summaries are tricky little blighters! And surprisingly hard to write.
And keep an eye out for more pitch slaughters, to be posted on Thursdays!
Some more links of interest:
- Madison Wood’s “Would you buy it?” series
- Canary Pitch Slaps - for step by step breakdown of pitches
- Fantasy author’s David B. Coe thoughts on writing the elevator pitch