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Offline skate Reading
17 Jul 2015, 01:53 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Famous Animals - help with the blurb please?

(16 Jul 2015 09:54 PM)JMac Wrote: Wrote:  I'm not as expert as some others on this forum, but isn't it 'a book that is delightfully different'? (rather than which). Equally nit-picky - a glimpse of rather than at? Apologies if this is either not correct or irrelevant!
Thanks, JMac. I think both you and Kath might be right. I'll fix it. Smile
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17 Jul 2015, 04:30 PM | Post: #12

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RE: Famous Animals - help with the blurb please?

(16 Jul 2015 01:47 PM)skate Wrote: Wrote:  "What happens when you combine a love of art, animals and history with a sense of humour? You get a book which is delightfully different. Famous Animals is an alternative history, an artistic glimpse at a world of such noteworthy animals as Felix Mendelswann, Joan Aardvark and Luciano Pavaratti. At the same time, it is a biographical look at some equally noteworthy humans.

A book that will appeal to young and old alike."
Katie, I think this is a lot stronger! Really good stuff.

You may have decided to go with this, but as an experiment, I'd be keen to see a blurb where the names of the animals are up front, followed by the explanation. When you first mentioned this book on KUF you gave a few examples and they immediately conveyed to us all what you are after. I think it might do the same for readers if you opened with Felix Mendelswann and company. But that's just me offering alternatives to think about.
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
18 Jul 2015, 08:25 AM | Post: #13

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RE: Famous Animals - help with the blurb please?

I think David makes a good point there - catch their eye in the first line. How about:


Check out the world of Felix Mendelswann, Joan Aardvark, Luciano Pavaratti, and a hundred more noteworthy creatures.

Famous Animals is glimpse into such a world - a delightfully different place where art, animals and history collide with an eccentric sense of humour.

Oh, and one or two equally noteworthy humans turn up to the party too.


Sorry Kate. Too many ideas. I know it's confusing. But that's what were all here for.
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Offline George Hamilton
18 Jul 2015, 08:50 AM | Post: #14

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RE: Famous Animals - help with the blurb please?

The last versions by Skate and Ray are very much better. Totally agree that "very hard to describe" had to go.
Offline skate Reading
21 Jul 2015, 09:31 AM | Post: #15

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RE: Famous Animals - any bloggers willing to be part of a blog tour?

Thanks for the help with the blurb, everyone. I did alter it very slightly from the last one I posted, but it's mostly the same.

Now...I'm on the ask again! Big Grin I'd really like to do a blog tour, starting a few days before it becomes available and ending a few days after. I've scheduled it to be released on July 30th, though I'm not sure if that's US or Aussie time. Does anyone have a blog where the audience might be interested in a kids' book that's not really a kids' book? I'm sure the humour in it will appeal even more to adults than it does to the kids.  I'm willing to repay you by inviting you back to my blog whenever you'd like. Please let me know. 

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21 Jul 2015, 10:29 AM | Post: #16

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RE: Famous Animals - any bloggers willing to be part of a blog tour?

I'm happy to help. I don't think it really matters whose blog you go touring on, as this is a book that's going to have broad appeal, and everyone knows someone with kids. So my blog door is open! (Make sure you wipe your feet.)
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
21 Jul 2015, 10:41 AM | Post: #17

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RE: Famous Animals - any bloggers willing to be part of a blog tour?

My review blog is really that - reviews (and I'll review it. of course! But if you want a mention on my website blog, let me know. Either you can talk about the book or I can ask you some questions, whichever you prefer.
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21 Jul 2015, 01:52 PM | Post: #18

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RE: Famous Animals - any bloggers willing to be part of a blog tour?

Thanks to you both, David and Kath. I'll get back to you when I've worked out where else I'm going to travel. Big Grin
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21 Jul 2015, 07:39 PM | Post: #19

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RE: Famous Animals - any bloggers willing to be part of a blog tour?

I'm happy to host a stop if you want.
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22 Jul 2015, 12:31 PM | Post: #20

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RE: Famous Animals - any bloggers willing to be part of a blog tour?

Thanks, TechnoHippy, I'll add you to the list.  Thanks
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