It has just occurred to me as I’m typing up my listings (still waiting, waiting, waiting for the website to be finalised) that I seem to spend most of my time searching the internet for book information, more accurately the synopsis.
The new fiction books are easy. I usually go directly to fantastic fiction and they sort me out beautifully. There is the odd occasion where the synopsis written is just a sentence long, and more about the author than the book, so I then try the publisher.
Now the publisher is a fountain of information. They will offer up just about everything I need on the book I’m listing, although I often wonder if Fantastic Fiction take their information directly from the publishers sites, because if I find I’m not getting the information I want from FF more times than not that same information is missing from the publisher too.
These methods don’t always work with second-hand novels.
When I’m listing a second-hand book, usually this is about the time I find myself wondering through the web.
I type in the author and book title and then start sifting through the responses. On many occasions I have found myself some time later trying to talk myself out of one more search. In the time it’s taken me to seach I could have just typed the blurb from the back of the book and would have been on to my 4th book by this time – but I can be a little stubborn and am determined to find that elusive information. Someone, somewhere out there in the WWW must have written something about this book. I surely cannot be the first person to write this information (well, other than the author originally).
I am also finding it a bit of a struggle adding this information to my website. Everything I’ve read about meta descriptions seems to be telling me to try and make this information different to what you’ve already written. Which isn’t a problem if the information on FF is different to what’s actually on the back of the book. Right there I have my 2 different descriptions. But when I find myself listing a book that is second-hand, printed in 1974 and the only information I can find has come from me typing it directly from the blurb – the meta description has now become a little harder to do. Perhaps I’m just thinking about this all a little too hard? But I don’t want to get it wrong and have to do it all over again. That would be a few thousand meta descriptions I’d have to change.
The worst of all books to find a synopsis for, though, has to be cookbooks. Talk about time wasting! I have a quick look inside to see what recipes I can add to the listing. Then I find one that sounds devine and I’m pretty sure I have the ingredients in the cupboard. Then I find the desserts and it’s all over. I feel that listing a cookbook is best done on a very full stomach, perhaps accompanied by a very big plate of chocolate cake to help me get through it.