The Spiders of Halros is free, but hardly anybody is downloading it. The people who actually read it mostly like it, so now it’s time to experiment a little. This is one of few real advantages to self-publishing. You can change stuff when you feel like it. I’ll admit upfront that I didn’t give a lot of love to the cover art or the blurb. Either of those could be part of the problem. Cover art is a lot of work so I’ll start by experimenting with the blurb first and see how that goes.
I’m going to try funny first:
A retelling of the classic tale of Snow White… Except that the dwarves are replaced with princesses and the apple is now a giant spider. The King plays the role of Snow White when an enchantment puts him to sleep for a thousand years. Wait, is that Sleeping Beauty? Ok, maybe it’s not Snow White. There aren’t any dwarves. There are elves later on, but definitely no dwarves. Warrior princess, check. Bookish princess, check. Bossy princess, check. Sorceress princess, check. A couple more we’re not sure about yet… check. That’s a lot of princesses. Still no dwarves though.
I think I’ll go back to the original blurb and let you decide.
Dark magic. Treason. A whole whack of princesses!
No, that wasn’t it. Let me try this again.
After centuries of peace, dark forces are stirring once more. Old powers and new must battle to determine the future of Arros.
Six sisters embark on a quest to save their father's life, unaware of the danger and intrigue awaiting them. All of their unique talents will be needed, not just to save their family, but to survive the chaos that's about to engulf Arros.
The Spiders of Halros is the first book of the Arros Chronicles.
No, that was the original, original blurb. Last one, I promise.
Kristina’s eighteenth birthday celebration should be the best night of her life. Especially, given that she’s a princess and the heir to the throne. But, when the King is poisoned, only the fast thinking and courage of her sisters can buy the time needed to find a cure.
The Spiders of Halros is a classic fantasy adventure. It pits six sisters against unknown enemies, on a quest, not just to save their father, but to survive the chaos unfolding across Arros.
I can’t decide, but you get the picture. Dark magic, chaos, princesses, etc.
I’ll give this a shot and see how it works out.