Official Winter’s Light blurb

by M.J. Hearle

A few posts back I included a rough pass at the blurb for Winter’s Light. It wasn’t easy to write – blurbs never are. Encapsulating your novel into a hundred words or so without resorting to a simple dry plot description is maddeningly difficult. It’s probably the closest thing to writing advertising copy a novelist has to face. You have to keep it short, snappy, and infuse it with just the right amount of intrigue to draw a potential reader. There’s a reason those advertising guys and gals are paid the big bucks.

Luckily, I had access to my own smart cookies to help me with the blurb. My brilliant publishing team at Pan Macmillan – Alex, Leah, Libby and Danielle – took what I wrote, refined it, re-phrased it and ultimately made it so much better. This is what publishers do. They improve your writing. See for yourself – here is my version:

Is death really the end?

It’s a question Winter Adams can’t stop turning over in her mind. Not after what happened that night on Owl Mountain. When the darkness descended and took away her love. And then comes the vision, the answer she’s been waiting for:

No. There is still time.

Now, a journey must be taken, a truce will be formed with an old enemy, and a battle fought – not for herself, but for another. For Blake.

The darkness is gathering again and this time there is no one to protect her.

Winter will have to stand alone.

Now, read the official Winter’s Light blurb which will be gracing the back cover in May:

Blake is gone. 

He sacrificed himself to save Winter, leaving her alone, unprotected … hunted. 

An ancient enemy is rising, but Winter is no longer the innocent girl who was fated to die at Pilgrim’s Lament. She will not wait to be saved. She will do what she must to survive, even accept an unsavoury alliance with those who destroyed her love.

In the gathering darkness, the enemy of an enemy is not always a friend, and Winter must find the strength to stand alone and fight for the one she loves. For she is the key to unlocking the secrets beyond the veil of shadows.

And she is Blake’s only hope.

Pretty nifty isn’t it? It conveys the same information as my blurb, though does so in an infinitely more stylish manner. Bravo team at Pan Macmillan! You’ve done a bang up job!

May 2012 can’t come soon enough.

M. J.

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