Wednesday, January 30, 2013

To Spoil or Not to Spoil : The Great Blurb Debate

I'm having a problem and I need your help. As I start to wrap up my newest novel Reckless Radiance I've been thinking about what the description might be. You know, that little paragraph on the back of the book that gets you intrigued and makes you want to buy it and devour it. The problem is with this being a paranormal romance I'm struggling with whether or not I should tell my readers what Russell is before they even delve into the book? 

There's a of chunk of the book where my main character Valerie is unaware of who or what the mysterious new guy in her life is so I wonder if I should keep it that way for the reader too...

So my question to you is, would you want to know from the time you crack open the book (or fire it up on your Kindle) that the mysterious hottie is a (insert supernatural being here)?

There's clearly way more to the story than just his initial secret but does it spoil it to know before you even begin reading?


1 comment:

  1. This may be too late to help, but for what it's worth...

    I think it depends on how you want the readers to perceive/understand the characters. How does info about the (insert supernatural being here) effect the reader's view of him, the relationship, the timing? Do you want them to have that feeling for him earlier in the book because of how it can shape their perception of events? Would you rather them be in the dark to see the mystery of him as the girl does?

    That's where my thinking would begin.