This is one of my pet peeves, so be prepared.
QUESTION: Is my book description too long?
If you’re asking this, the answer is probably YES. Think about the days of old when you stood in a bookstore and held an actual book in your hands. You flip the cover over and BAM! You read it. If it’s long and dull, you’re damn well putting the book back on the shelf. If you skim read the blurb, it’s obviously not catching your attention.
THE WORLD TODAY
You read a book description online. If it’s too long, your brain, which is very accustomed to being satisfied quickly, is going to shut down.
So how long is too long?
Anything over 250 words, in my opinion. Also, if the paragraph is more than 6 sentences long, you want to condense, cut or break it up. NOTE: White space is your friend!
When a freak snowstorm strands Lacey at a crowded Oklahoma rest stop, she thinks things can’t possibly get worse. Until she bumps into Trace Allen. Bull rider, ex-boyfriend, and all-around bad boy, Trace plucks her off her feet and invites her into his warm travel trailer.
But Lacey has her misgivings. Trace is every bit as strong and virile as the bulls he rides–and just as volatile. But when she finds evidence that their bad breakup was a misunderstanding, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about him.
Could Trace’s temper and bad boy exterior hide a tender heart? And will Lacey end up stranded, or straddled by the hottest bad-boy cowboy the rodeo circuit has ever seen?
(taken from Stranded and Straddled)
See all that lovely white space? Easy to read, quick and concise.
Moral of the story: A long blurb looks like a long book.