Always an interesting exercise for the author. And editor, and whoever else gets sucked into the process.
It’s most interesting, of course, if you have to write the back cover copy before you write the book, which happened to me once (It was Law of the Broken Earth, and that’s why the back cover has so little resemblance to what actually happens in the book. Oops. I did try to write a back cover that anticipated where I would actually go with the story, but guessed wrong.)
Anyway, Navah just asked for a first attempt at back cover copy for The Mountain of Kept Memory. I thought you might like to see what I came up with, so here:
They were talking about her.
Oressa Madalin, princess of Carastind, whose secret avocation involves getting into places she isn’t allowed, overhears horrifying news while eavesdropping on her father’s conversation with his closest advisors.
War is coming.
And Oressa is determined to save Carastind, even if it means defying her father. Her brother Gulien is her ally, but to succeed, they must win the aid of the enigmatic Kieba. And no one intrudes on the Kieba or her unfathomable mountain.
The invasion is already underway.
But the invaders want more than conquest. They want control of the Kieba and her terrifying magic. And they have no understanding that if they defeat the Kieba, they may also destroy the world.
In a world beset by the shattered power of a thousand dead gods, one woman holds the key to ancient technology. But she is more vulnerable than she seems. And neither Oressa nor Gulien can see a way to save both the Kieba and their own country, and the world . . .
What do you think? Does that sound intriguing enough to make you open the book and read the first couple of pages?
I would say that this back cover is a tiny bit misleading, but maybe close enough not to feel like I’m really lying to the reader.
Now we’ll just see what Navah thinks of this! The back cover could change completely and will probably change at least *some.*