Hiya! Title is pretty self-explanatory, but I'll elaborate. TL;DR: I write fanfiction, can't draw in readers with my summaries, am working on my first original book right now, and would like some advice. I'm primarily a fan fiction writer. I've been on FanFiction.net since I was a kid, and writing for years has really helped me to improve. I'm working on my first original series now, which I plan to self-publish. Summaries, however, are not my strong point, as I've come to realize from my near complete and utter inability to draw in readers as of late. FF.net has a 384 character limit on summaries, and I often can't get all of my thoughts out with that small of a space. Then when I'm given the freedom to make my summaries longer on sites like Wattpad and AO3, they're way too long winded, and I'm sure most of the people who see them disregard it with a TL;DR. I've been experimenting with different kinds of summaries, and few have been successful. Sometimes, when a story has a very basic concept, I can write a short and eye-catching summary that works well to catch the reader's attentions. Here's the summary of This is Your Life: Sunset Shimmer always wondered what would have happened if she had stayed in Equestria. She never thought she would actually get an answer.That story actually got a decent amount of attention. I also tried the "pull a quote from the story" approach, and that seemed to work pretty well. Here's the summary from It's Obviously 42: "Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life?" "Pfft, obviously. I mean, hasn't everybody? But... What were you thinking of?" Star and Janna go on a journey to discover the meaning of life. Life is not the only thing they find the meaning of. But that's the thing; both of these stories have really basic concepts that can be easily written into a brief summary and still do the story justice. It's when I get into the more complex concepts that I have trouble with. Take Sonic Legacy, for example. It's a Sonic the Hedgehog story with a darker atmosphere, in which I'm trying to test the claim that a dark/"edgy" Sonic story can't be taken seriously. It's got a lot of theme in it about choice and morality, loss, trust, and a bit of bigotry, while also telling a fantastical story that constantly walks the line between slow-paced slice and action/adventure. I couldn't figure out how to convey this in a 384 word summary, so I just abridged the opening paragraph. Let it be known that as long as the universe decides to listen, it will never run out of stories to hear, for in truth, every world, land, species, and creature has its own tale that will more than likely be swept away by the sands of time. For the world of Mobius, it begins with a flash of light. For Sonic, the end begins here.This didn't work. Then there's Device of Life, a Vocaloid story that starts as slice of life and then delves into a mystery/crime/action/thriller overtime. It's been through at least seven summaries, and none of them have worked. This is the current one: Miku, Teto, and Neru live in Silicon's Gate. Miku lives the high life with her family at the city's very heart, and while the shadow she casts is hardly enough to dampen Teto's spirits, Neru's got a different perspective. The three are friends, however, and things are, for the most part, good. However, when strange things start to happen, things take a turn for the worst. Even worse is REAPER ACADEMY, arguably my most complex story, being an action/adventure with slice elements in a high school setting that balances drama and humor while telling an overarching plot, also being a crossover with a cast of over 120 characters and a parody of shonen manga. This is it's current abysmal summary: Four undead teens go to a monster school run by the literal Grim Reaper. Here, they will train to become masters of death, fight scary monsters and deal with overbearing teachers. Freddy finds a friend in the young Spooky, but who is she? Who is Pines? Who is Maka? Ellen? Slenderman? Amaterasu? Doesn't matter; all Freddy wants to do is battle to the top. In short, can I get any pointers? Or, like... somebody who can write summaries for me? Either will do, really, though the prior is preferred. I'd like to shape up before I try to publish my first book.