For those of you who were worried I was blown away by Hurricane Hermine, I’m still here. We weren’t forced to evacuate but we sure did get pounded by wind and rain. There’s a little bit of flooding here and there, but nothing too extreme. With that being said, I wanted to jump right into today’s post. It will be a short one (I’m going to drive around the neighborhood and help pick up debris).
What makes a good book blurb? If you can get someone to pick up your book thanks to the awesome cover art you’ve won a single battle. The second battle comes when they flip it over and read the back blurb. I need to train for the back cover battle.
Now that Wastelander has been drafted and I’ve started working on the other facets of the production, I’ve began to research different book blurb styles and techniques. I thought I would share a few of the more solid sources I’ve located that seem to offer useful information.
Side note: All of the following places I found seem to be pretty solid sources of information for self-publishing if that is your arena of conflict. They talk about many of the production (printing, typesetting, cover art, etc.) aspects.
- From the BlurbBlog I found, The Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Book Blurbs for your Novel
- From CreativePen I found, How to Write Back Blurb for Your Book
- From WritersHelpingWriters I found, Blurbs that bore, Blurb that Blare
I‘ve also found a couple of book sources to check out. I’ll be ordering these books here from Amazon and will start burning through them with my typical QE flair (highlighters and pens to desecrate the pages).
- The highest rated (and seemingly most legit looking) was Book Descriptions That Sell by Gary Webb
- More of an impulse than rating fueled I also purchased How to Blurb: (And how not to), by E.M. Lynley. The author bio seems very legit, hopefully the content rock too.
There is certainly some repeat information in these offerings and in some of the other sources I found that didn’t make the list. That’s a good thing. I think of those massive repeats as high priority items.
There are some variables though for sure. I’ve seen book blurbs written as (1) giant quotes from the book, (2) a partial quote and partial blurb, (3) full blurb, (4) no blurb and only “stellar” reviews, (5) first person weirdness, (6) a single line of text, and (7) the list goes on.
My plan is to create three different blurbs, each featuring a different style of delivering the information. On one of my Wasteland Wednesday’s, I’ll present all three and get some opinions and toss a voting poll into the mix. That way you can vote on the one that would most likely get you to open the book and give it a try. It will give you another peak into the book, and provide me some essential post-production feedback.
My question to all of you is what makes a good blurb in your opinion? If you can remember a book, and could refer it as a prime example, that would be superbly helpful (I tend to sponge style when I read). If you just tell me what the title is I can search for the blurb. This is an area where I am learning as I go!
Well, I’m going to drive around in my truck and clean up branches and toppled trashcans in the neighborhood. I’m behind on comments from yesterday and will start getting back to folks once I finish saving the world and getting my baby boy through the ol morning routine. Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!