I’m playing around with back cover copy —

Back cover copy is hard to write. I’ve been trying to come up with something for the back cover description of my collection of shorter works — the non-Black Dog stories, you know, the collection I have tentatively titled Beyond the Dreams We Know.

Here’s the back cover copy I came up with just now:

In the world of City in the Lake, entering the great forest may lead you to your heart’s desire . . . but the one certainty is that the forest always has its own desires, and might very well tilt anyone’s quest to its own ends.


In the whole history of the Floating Islands, no girl has ever put on wings and taken flight. Now a special audition has just been announced, and despite her responsibilities, Nescana isn’t sure she can resist at least trying to make a new life for herself among the kajuraihi.


The Lord of the Delta is a busy man. But every now and then, Bertaud manages to take a day away from his duties. Just one day for himself. What could possibly go wrong?


Erest’s family knew they might risk unknown dangers when they first chose to build their home in the shadow of the Kieba’s mountain, but she hasn’t seemed offended by their presumption . . . yet. When disaster strikes, could Erest dare turn to the Kieba for help?


In a world much like our own, no one expects mysterious, beautiful dragons to begin emerging from earth and stone. But even when mystery and magic isn’t concerned with us at all, it can change our lives . . .


Rediscover four worlds and explore a new one in Neumeier’s first collection of short fiction.

What do you think? I know it’s not technically my first collection. But first Non Black Dog Collection seems so clunky. Not sure what to say to tie up the back cover description, if anything.

Not actually 100% sure what’s happening in Bertaud’s story, btw. I’ve barely started that one yet.

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3 thoughts on “I’m playing around with back cover copy —”

  1. It sound very tantalizing — which is good!

    If you’d like a non-clunky sentence that doesn’t exclude the Black Dog stories, you could just say “Neumeier’s latest collection of short fiction.”

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