I can't really believe that no one has posted this before, but here goes: How do you write teasers? How do you make prospective readers root for publishing date? For a long time, when I told someone that I wrote a story and they just innocently asked "What's it about?" I got tongue tied and frustrated. Because it was all so complex and how do you fit the important parts into just three/four/five sentences? How would I convey that this story was worth writing or even reading? I ended up not being able to explain or would just say, "Hey, it's just a fantasy-story, nothing serious", downplaying it because it was so important that they would like to read it that I didn't want to diminish it by not explaining it right. I noticed my same instinctive response here on board - and here I really, really have no reason to be defensive or to not take my time explaining. So I sat down and consciously tried to write a teaser. A concise small paragraph you might find at the back of a book to let you judge if you want to read it. How do you deal with that kind of questions from friends/acquaintances? There is a whole art in doing a good teaser and I am not sure I did it right (it has been a whole lot of time since school when I was required to hand in something like that) but it is an entirely different style than novel/short-story writing. You have to be very brief, letting the reader see a hint of your characters, and a conflict/mystery to come, so that he can say, "Ow, now this combination sounds like fun. I'll think I would want to find out." That means sensationalism, in a sense, and that is very far removed from my usual style and I had serious trouble forcing me into this kind of mold. I will be very interested in your responses!