Many thanks to all of you who took the time to vote and/or comment on the possible blurbs for my novel.
The poll winner, taking 50% of the votes, was the second blurb, ‘Single incidents shape our lives’. But Hilary Custance Green wisely pointed out that the shout-line was a little preachy. She suggested ‘The Butterfly Effect’ instead, which I think is much better too.
In second place was the final blurb, ‘Opposites attract’. This attracted 42% of the votes, including Anne Harvey who beta-read an early version of the manuscript – does that give her opinion more weight?
Last was, ‘Nature or nurture’ which gained only 8% of the vote. But one of supporters of this one was Julia Thorley, who used to write blurbs for non-fiction titles in her role as an editor – so perhaps it shouldn’t be ruled out completely?
Which blurb will I go with?
My personal favourite is the blurb that topped the poll, especially with its new ‘Butterfly Effect’ shout-line. I’m pleased it won. When I did this voting exercise with the three members of my immediate family, none of them chose it. That made me think I may be out of tune with what attracts readers, hence the reason I did the poll.
I have learnt that opinions on blurbs are very subjective. No blurb will attract every reader, so going with the poll majority may be the best thing to do.
Thanks again to everyone who voted and here’s the winner again:
The Butterfly Effect
A stupid mistake ended Ian’s marriage. Now he’s trying to put it right.
Sandra got pregnant as a teenager. Now she’s fighting to make a good life for her daughter.
Maxine made an important decision behind her boyfriend’s back. His reaction devastates all their lives…
Bedsit Three is a tale of mystery and romance. It won the inaugural Ian Govan Award and was shortlisted for both the Silverwood-Kobo-Berforts Open Day Competition and the Writing Magazine/McCrit Competition.
#1 by juliathorley on July 16, 2015 - 8:49 am
What an interesting exercise. Please don’t attach any value to my opinion: ‘I know nothing,’ as Manuel would have said.
#2 by Sally Jenkins on July 16, 2015 - 9:15 am
As you’ve worked as an editor, Julia, I’m sure you know much more than me!
#3 by Debbie W on July 16, 2015 - 8:52 am
Hurray! Good choice.
I’ve put my reasons for choosing this one on the previous blog post about this, Sally.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on July 16, 2015 - 9:18 am
Thanks for explaining your reasoning, Debbie.
#5 by greenwritingroom.com on July 16, 2015 - 9:23 pm
So pleased with your choice – well I would be, wouldn’t I.
#6 by Sally Jenkins on July 17, 2015 - 6:47 pm
Thanks for your help, Hilary!
#7 by Liz Young on July 17, 2015 - 8:52 am
Glad you reached a conclusion. I can’t remember which one I voted for now anyway!
#8 by Sally Jenkins on July 17, 2015 - 6:48 pm
Thanks for taking part, Liz.
#9 by Jack Dowd on July 19, 2015 - 2:01 pm
I’m glad you found your answer and it was the one I chose. I liked all three of them, to be fair.