As I’ve mentioned a few (hundred) times recently, I have a lot of writing balls in the air right now. Partly this was intentional: I knew the writing and editing tasks for my multiple books in my Victorian Romance series would have to overlap to meet a rather aggressive publishing schedule (set by yours truly, so no one to blame but myself for that). Partly this was unintentional: I got behind schedule on a few different things, shifted some dates, zigged when I should have zagged, and suddenly multiple deadlines converged and…well, here I am.
Last week, I asked for your help for a 50-word pitch and 250-word opening sequence for Take the Money and Run, my Women’s Fiction manuscript. This week, I’d love some feedback on a totally different task for a completely different book, the back cover copy for Too Clever By Half, the kickoff novella of my Harrow’s Finest Five series. I’ve been working on this slippery sucker for a while, and now it’s time to get it nailed down so I can get my cover completed (and then share it here!). The goal of the cover copy? Convince a reader to pick up the book from a bookshelf or click on the ‘look inside’ option online. In brief, the cover copy should include a high-level hook, introduce you to the protagonist(s), introduce the conflict, and make you eager to read more.
Your task today, should you choose to accept it, is to tell me whether this cover copy does that for you. The more specificity you provide about what you like, what you dislike, or what makes you say ‘oh hell no!’, the more I can improve it. So leave your thoughts and – really importantly – your first reactions to reading this in the comments, please and thank you!
Two fierce competitors engaged in a battle of intellects might just be outwitted by love…
Mr. James Alcott, younger son of a baron, has carved out his place in the world with an esteemed position at Harrow School. But when the school changes direction, he’s set adrift. He can reclaim his purpose by founding a scholarship program if he wins a competition to secure the funds. His success seems assured…until the brilliant and beautiful emissary of a mysterious competitor enters the race.
Lady Tessa Harmsworth, daughter of an Earl with no use for female intellect, has fabricated the reclusive Mr. Pettibone as the champion of her women’s education fund. It’s the only way a woman can enter the competition, let alone win it. And Tessa intends to win…until her annoyingly clever and irksomely attractive opponent sets out to uncover her ruse.
As Tessa and James match wits, their contentious rivalry turns into a passionate affair. With the coveted prize hanging in the balance, they must choose between their lifelong dreams and their reckless hearts.
Too Clever by Half is the kickoff novella of the Harrow’s Finest Five series. If you like stories about smart women, sexy men, steamy passions, and the occasional scandal, you’ll love Nancy Yeager’s exciting new Victorian Romance series!