require assistance

I am so angry I could spit, but it’s too cold 😀

A woman I know in town who used to be a friend and a writing buddy wished to be paid for looking at the draft description (see below)

She does not belong to a writing group so is unfamiliar with the support writers freely give to one another.

I am preparing to publish a book of my short writings. It’s called The Bench. Some of you are acquainted with my work, some not so much. In either case, could you please look at my draft description (blurb) and offer any comments, and I mean any comments.

The description will be used on the book cover and for marketing.

The Bench’s 60 year history is told in six drabbles, 600 words. It’s a unique method for storytelling; hence the title of the collection.

For the imaginative reader who loves words and appreciates variety The Bench includes something for everyone whether you’re seeking the powerfully evocative, unabashedly strange or simply entertaining; perfect when taking a break on a bench or anywhere else.

You never know whom you will meet.

A man might enthrall you with his life story or a thoroughly modern vampire might regale you with his stand up comedy routine.

Cast your eyes to the garden and explore the magical colours of love between a flower and a butterfly.

Better yet, tune into the person standing just outside your peripheral vision reciting poetry and concentrate, you may hear the lingering strands of the last dance, or a symphony in words.

Original, concisely woven tales, that at the end  frees  your mind to conjure up its own interpretations and conclusions. 

Does the description make you want to take a peek inside knowing you can do it when you have a few spare minutes?

I meet with the design team tomorrow morning.

Thank you all so much



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8 Responses to require assistance

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Wow! Unbelievable she wanted to be paid. How terribly sad, especially coming from a writer friend. I had several suggestions so I emailed them. Hope they’re helpful. I’m looking forward to reading the tales and can’t wait to see the cover! 🙂

  2. Lee S Brooks says:

    My first thought is that it sounds like a 60 year old history of “the bench”. Unless that is the plan?
    Maybe it should read: An entertaining 60 year old history of ____ told in six drabbles of 600 words. This unique style of story telling is known as a “bench”….
    or something along those lines?
    Other than that, it does sound interesting. I think a blog about the process of getting the book done could be interesting too. Good Luck!

  3. Myke Todd says:

    I have predisposed notions. I am already a fan of the writer.
    Still, I have to say, the prologue is compelling.

  4. J.A. Beard says:

    It piques my interest.

  5. trev says:

    YES!!.. it wets my appetite Sue… 🙂

    I do think the first bit **The Bench’s 60 year history is told in six drabbles, 600 words. It’s a unique method for storytelling; hence the title of the collection.** it too technical, its the kind of thing you might say to a publisher of another writer, not to the reader. Like the car mechanic that blinds you with science, when he goes into detail on how he fixed your car, when all you need to know is that it’s fixed.

    The next Paragraph is spot on Sue, I understood perfectly what the Bench is all about, it says it all. With the next four descriptions added as a bonus.

    The last sentence ** Original, concisely woven tales, that at the end frees your mind to conjure up its own interpretations and conclusions. ** is like the first bit I feel, too technical.

    I hope this helps Sue. xxx
    my invoice is in the post!…. LOL

  6. I’m too late to comment before your meeting, but add this comment now. I agree with trev ^ and his comment next to mine. Those inner words are beautiful, intriguing, almost poetic. And they’ve sold me on “The Bench”. 🙂 Best wishes with this project! 🙂

  7. So, if you spat, it would freeze? Is it really that cold in Ontario?

    It’s been hovering around 7C here in Vancouver… t-shirt weather!! (or maybe just for me?)

  8. she wanted paid to look at the DESCRIPTION!?!?! oh my &^%$#%^ God. Craziness.

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