Learning How to Write Super Great Really Exciting Effective Book Blurbs!
<ul><li>Keep it short (100-250 words). The aim is to convey what makes the book unique in a small amount of space. </li></ul><ul><li>In it set the mood, the scene, and the conflict or enigma. </li></ul>
<ul><li>It should have mounting tension. The beginning should have a “hint” of the conflict or threat, yet remain pretty harmless </li></ul><ul><li>Think of the best angle to approach your story </li></ul>
<ul><li>As with a good book review, never put “spoilers” in the blurb. You can do this in a book summary or synopsis, but never in a blurb. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what makes the book different. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Question marks can be used to leave the reader intrigued. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep adverbs and adjectives to a minimum and use action verbs. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Needless to say, make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that blurbs are not summaries! Don’t tell the whole story—only the exciting part of it so that the reader will want to know more. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Study the blurbs from your bookshelves, paying special attention to their style, language, and content. </li></ul><ul><li>Write and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite! </li></ul>
Do you know that powerful, dramatic voice that you hear in the cinemas during movie trailers? That alluring voice, often exaggerated, that describes the movies? Well, read your own blurb with this voice in your mind, matching its tone and pitch. You’ll be surprised to find out how much that helps!