Of the Almighty Blurb

After much research and fussing, I took the advice of my graphics designer, the amazingly talented Dylan Edwards. About eight months ago, when we were discussing the blurb for my book, he gave one of his priceless pearls of wisdom to me:

“I don’t think writers should write their own blurbs. They’re too close to their story.”

However, I don’t think he realized what he had said. Because  last week, I took him up on his advice and asked him to write one.

Thankfully, he was able to squeeze time out from his busy work schedule as an animator, film maker, cover designer, all-round creative genius, and father, to put an awesome first draft together.

After some editing (which was hilarious, ME editing HIS work for  a change), we came up with the result below, which thankfully, he thinks will fit on the back cover:

To Drown In Sand – A Novel of the 10th Lunen Regiment
by BC Laybolt

No matter how far you run, your shadow follows.

Centuries ago, they fled the doomed Earth. Their damaged flotilla stumbled on a new star system and colonized the worlds they found there. The ragged remnants of mankind fought the elements and each other to survive. Out of terror and darkness, the Nar Exus Triumvirate was created, enforcing a fragile peace between their planets.

But on the dwarf planet called Shastre, the people’s simple life along the rivers and in the mountains, unconcerned with the politics of the Triumvirate, has backslid into superstition and savagery under the sway of a murderous warlord known only as Ter Ense. The Triumvirate has responded to reports of genocide on Shastre by sending the 10th Lunen Regiment to restore order. But danger dwells deep in the jungles of Shastre. An ancient darkness that predates the flotilla is awake after a long slumber.

To escape his tragic past, a man named Kyris Issep arrives on Shastre as a fresh recruit. He has come to a war zone, seeking peace for his damaged soul. His commanders see him as a weapon they hope to wield against the enemy. His squadmates see him as a bad omen they fear will get them killed. Issep is not sure of the truth himself, only that something in the jungle is calling to him, and he will travel into the heart of darkness to confront it.

Ooh…catchy!

The blurb also fits well into the Wiki for the book.

Another step closer!

© 2013 B.C. Laybolt

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5 responses to “Of the Almighty Blurb

  1. Ademir

    “On the remote moon called Shastre” — I thought we had settled on it being the 3rd planet from the sun?

    • Ademir

      And I recall us conversing on the “malfunctioned jump” to the Nar Exus system (not a serendipitous one)?

      • Ademir

        One more point: “enforcing a fragile peace between the three largest planets”. Technically, they’re not the largest ones if the gas giant is in the mix. They’re just the most favourable/livable ones (Cixca for its access to space-based minerals, Lunen for its water, food, and climate, Werjegna for… minerals?).

      • All good points, as always. I thought, at one point, you had signed off on ‘moon’, but how about dwarf planet instead? And the malfunctioned jump termed as ‘stumbled’ is just an active verb to highlight the uncertainty of the original flotilla; I think it works as a word to pull folks into the blurb. And I’ll change ‘largest’ to ‘largest livable’.

    • Fixed with my thanks as always!

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