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Short, Sweet, and Punchy: A Cover Copy Workshop
It’s the first thing an agent sees when reading your cover letter. The first thing a reader sees on the back cover of your book, or online on the ebook page. You only have a few paragraphs to hook a reader—so how do you do that succinctly and enticingly? We’ll talk about strategies for luring the reader in—and using the right details to hook them. (The right details can hook a reader—the wrong ones can lose a reader!) And how much of the end to reveal? Bring your cover copy/query letter, and we’ll work through these short, hooky synopses.
Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Analog, and more, and are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, from Fairwood Press. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over, including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.