About two months ago I wrote a blurb for The Old Mill. It wasn’t quite right, so I did a few changes. Much better. But then I noticed something.
The blurb was in present tense.
Even though most of my fiction is in past tense, I always write the first draft of my blurbs in present tense, though occasionally I have done an odd mix of tenses (ugh…). One of the pluses about being in present tense, if I ask questions at the end of the blurb, they can be in present tense or future tense and seem fine: “With Amesbury entering a new “time of dying”, seemingly at the hands of the long dead Thomas Goode, the man said to be responsible for the first “time of dying” in 1821, will Gill succeed and perhaps drive off the black clouds, or will the evil forces streaming out of the Goode Mill, the Old Mill, win, destroying everything, and everyone, that he holds most dear?”. If the blurb is in past tense, can I ask such a question? You know, the action has already been resolved…
So a quick question for you: Should a blurb for a book written in past tense be in the past tense, or does writing it in present tense make sense?
After I write this, I will spend some time on Amazon and see what others have done, but I’d like to hear your opinion as well.