Book Business Cards and Cheat Sheets

In last week’s Authors Answer, one of the more common questions we hated to answer was “What’s your book about?” It’s a difficult question to answer because we usually don’t have a rehearsed description of the book we’re writing. So, I thought, why not just write down a brief description of the book, like it would appear on the back cover, and give that to anyone who asks?

Turns out, this kind of thing is real. But they’re simply author’s business cards. However, you can put a book blurb on one side of it. That’s fine for if you have a published book, but it doesn’t work for a book you’re currently writing.  And why would you write the blurb before you even finish the book? That’s not an easy thing to do, since your book may change drastically by the time you publish.

So, make a cheat sheet. Just write down what you feel is the best description you can make of your work in progress, and keep it in your wallet. Whenever someone asks, pull it out and read it to them. Even better, memorise it. Or if you like, print out a bunch of them on paper and hand them to anyone who wants to know, along with your name, email, and website’s address.

Anyone ever seen something like this? What do you think?

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 25

Nice number 25 is. We’ve made it this far. This week’s pictures are mostly nighttime, plus shapes and a cat. One was even featured by Instagramhub. So, enjoy this interesting group.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos (please note that the first two photos aren’t displaying all the time, so refresh the page and they should show eventually).

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A bit foggy

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Foggy!

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Odakyu Shonandai Station

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Green light and moon

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Red light and moon

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Amber light and moon

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Snow capped Mt Fuji

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The X at Futamatagawa station

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Ofuna shopping street

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Ofuna shopping street's resident cat

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

Thanks for voting, everyone. Please leave a comment with your choices and why. I’m very interested in knowing what kind of pictures you like. It’ll help me with my future photography.