I think it’s really good to get feedback.
I think it’s way better than working in a vacuum.
I think we should definitely be connecting with other authors and getting feedback.
But, man, when I see an author post the first draft of a book description in a Facebook group…
I start to get worried.
I worry that maybe this author isn’t gonna get good advice.
I worry that you’re gonna open things up to the peanut gallery and then they’re going to steer you wrong.
I worry that you’re gonna get contradictory advice.
“I love this line, I hate this line.”
I worry about all that.
And what I think is, you need to have a really solid blurb already, in a way.
You need to actually kinda go through the process of making sure every line is as good as it can be.
You need to go through the process of making sure it’s not just a summary but it’s the character’s emotional journey.
You need to make sure that you have looked it over for copyediting, and you’ve worked on it relentlessly.
And then you probably wanna throw it to an editor first.
Not even necessarily a Facebook group.
Look, if someone’s already editing an 80,000 word book they can go and edit your 300-word description too.
They’re probably not gonna cost very much if they do that.
So there are steps to take before you post it in that group.
And even when you even do post it in a group, make sure to take every comment with a grain of salt.
So go out there and be smart with your blurbs.
Be kind to your blurbs.
From a blurb guy himself.