Thursday, April 29, 2010
Dear Reader - Dara Girard
I didn’t want to reiterate what the back cover blurb said, but how could I entice a casual reader in a bookstore to not just skim the pages, but actually buy the book? How could I catch someone’s interest online before they click to someone else’s book?
I thought about it for a moment—actually three days to be exact—then came up with some ideas. Maybe I could talk about research, but I didn’t want to sound tedious. Maybe I could talk about my inspiration, but writing ‘The idea just came to me’ didn’t sound particularly earth-shattering. So I decided to look to the masters for help and Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish novelist and poet, came to my rescue with this quote:
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.”
Perfect! I had my premise and the theme of my letter.
What do you like to find out in a Dear Reader letter? Do you read them? I’ll give an autographed copy of WORDS OF SEDUCTION to a random commenter.
Posted by Lee Hyat at 1:07 AM