A “Frimeh” isn’t quite a “Fri-yay!”, but it isn’t a “Fri-disaster, either.
Which brings me to my point. I had my first shot of the Moderna vaccine this week and three things happened the following day:
- My arm felt like it was Mike Tyson’s workout bag.
- The rest of my body was hit by the Number Five bus to Vaccine Town.
- I received a critical and brutally honest review of my book’s Amazon blurb and all my self-confidence evaporated like tears in the rain.
I understand how constructive criticism can be – but when combined with the fact my book sales have slowed right down to nothing at the moment, I was crushed by this assessment. Fortunately, the next day I began to feel more like my lovable, nerdy self again and I started to rewrite my blurb with some coaching from said assessor. Check out what we came up with.
In an all-too-familiar world controlled by ancient beings known as The Dark, heroes of every origin must assemble (yeah, I said it, sue me) to pull humanity back from the edge of annihilation – if they don’t kill each other first.
They may not be the Avengers, the Suicide Squad, hell, they may not even be the Great Lakes Avengers… but they’ve been brought together by a hero in a Green Hornet mask and leather jacket to match named Nemesis to face every form of evil imaginable. From seemingly-invincible masked killers who stalk teen camp counselors to clones of Nazi super soldiers to monsters of the human variety, Nemesis and his team of unlikely heroes will traverse the globe to dismantle The Dark’s vast power structure once and for all.
If you took The Umbrella Academy, The Boys and The Cabin In The Woods and gave them a hearty stir you’d get Into The Dark: Book One of the Infinite Crossover Crisis, a clever, electrifying, genre-busting adventure that pits the most unconventional superheroes in the Multiverse against the embodiment of evil itself.
Into The Dark is the inaugural novel by indie author The Hook. He hopes you like it. (But if you don’t, feel free to keep it to yourself.)
There you have it. Personally, I like my original blurb. It’s written in the main character’s snarky tone. (Sound like anyone you know?) But after reading what other writers are putting out there I can see that some readers want the story laid out in a more straightforward manner before they hit “Add to Cart” or “Buy Now”. So any feedback you can provide, my friends, would be greatly appreciated.
I’m learning just how cutthroat and soulless the book biz can be; indie authors like myself support each other, but publishers and agents seem to get off on ignoring and rejecting writers. I’m pleased with the reviews I’ve gotten so far, but I need to draw in more feedback and get my name out there. I’ve had some great success with the media so far, but keeping the momentum going is proving impossible.
Nevertheless, I’m pleased as punch (whatever the hell that actually means) that Into The Dark is finally out in the world and I think I’m ready to start on Into The Grey. Dialogue and plot points keep appearing in my consciousness so my brain is trying to tell me something.
So don’t worry that I’m giving up already. I’m in this for the long haul. I’m even trying to ignore all the changes WordPress has made to this platform while forging ahead. (Like charging users to insert video clips, which I’ll never be doing again.)
At any rate, enjoy this wonderfully upbeat (!) post and provide any feedback – good or bad – you can. Like I tell my wife, “I won’t get any better if you don’t tell me what I’m doing wrong.”
Have a great Friday and I’ll see you in the lobby and virtual book aisles, friends…