As I mentioned in last week’s progress report, I hired the inimitable Kat Sheridan to write back cover copy for The Demon Always Wins.
Although it’s possible to write your own cover copy, and many writers do, I find it difficult to get the proper distance from my work to do that well. Kat is great at what she does, and really reasonable. Even at minimum wage, I would have spent more trying to write the thing myself.
So, I went online and filled out her Standard Fiction Work Order. It asks for title, author, short description and then descriptions of the two main characters, along with any additional characters the author deems worthy of blurb space.
Kat came back with an excellent, pithy blurb that summarized the action in a way I hadn’t considered. It played with a couple of the motifs from the book–Hell and poker–in a clever way. Her email assured me she was willing to rework it until I was happy.
Now that I had an approach, though, I couldn’t resist tweaking it myself, till I came up with the following:
Seven short weeks. That’s all the time Chief Operating Demon Belial has to stack up a victory for Satan. After beating his boss at the poker table, Belial must appease Satan, a notoriously sore loser, so he convinces God to revisit their ancient wager over freewill. If he can get God’s champion to curse him, aloud in and public, within the agreed time-frame, Hell will score bragging rights—and another soul. The demon always wins, but this time the deck may be stacked against him….
Seven short weeks. God chooses Dara Strong to play the part of Job. A widowed nurse running a free clinic, Dara already has a lot of reasons to curse God. A fiery car crash claimed her husband and unborn child five years earlier. But God has an ace up his sleeve. When Dr. Benjamin Lyle shows up at her clinic, Dara, the granddaughter of famous demon-fighters, has no problem recognizing the demon in doctor’s disguise.
Belial may look heavenly, but his soul belongs to Satan. As the battle between these cosmically well-matched opponents escalates, conflict breeds passion, and passion transforms into love. Caught between a Lord of the Underworld Hell-bent on victory and an unforgiving God, Belial and Dara discover there may be only one way to ransom the soul of a fallen angel: sometimes you have to go through Hell to claim your Heaven.
I love this blurb, but there’s always room for improvement. Feel free to offer suggestions!