Author’s Note: Diana at Myths of the Mirror has a new prompt: Meet the Muse. The rules are: Post a Muse conversation on your blog and leave a link to your post in the comment section of Diana’s post: http://mythsofthemirror.com/2020/11/20/meet-the-muse-prompt Many thanks, Diana. This was fun.
Lydia looked up over her glasses at Lilly. “What are you doing here?”
“I’m allowed.” She peered at the computer screen. “How far did she get?”
“5th grade level.” Lydia waved a hand in the air. “She used the writing app for readability.”
“Down to grade 5? That’s insulting an agent’s intelligence. It’ll hit the trash bin.”
“Oh, really? What would you do?” Lydia poked loose strands of brown hair into a back bun.
Lilly’s long brunette curls framed her face. “Well, obviously, there’s something missing.”
“What do you mean? The book description is concise and grammatically correct.”
“It is and it’s boring. Where’s the rhythm, the voice?” Lilly crossed her arms.
“Humph. There you go throwing music around, because you two play the guitar.”
“Lydia, don’t get huffy. She needs a grammar guru like you. But, I got the rhythm and style.”
Lilly strummed an imaginary guitar. “Let your hair down, Lydia. Feel the vibes.”
Lydia rolled her eyes. She hid a grin and fiddled with her hair bun.
Elizabeth stopped typing and said, “Okay, good you two settled down. While you were bickering back and forth about some important things, I worked on a new version. I looked up Amazon book descriptions and the average length is 130 words. The first 120 pack the most punch. The agent specifically requested a book description, not a synopsis. At 150 words, it fits on one page with the added greeting and bio.”
Elizabeth stared at the word document and said, “It’s concise Lydia. And Lilly, my voice is back. So, if you two can agree on any changes, hopefully with less bickering … I’ll listen.”