As you know I write (and translate) and I’m currently going through the corrections of my next novel (Escaping Psychiatry 2. The Case of the Swapped Bodies, is proving challenging, or rather the circumstances around it are. I might tell you the story some day). Although there’s still a while to go (I always publish both versions, Spanish and English, of my books at the same time, and that means multiplying by two everything, including the time it takes to get everything ready), I started thinking about blurbs. Despite having written quite a few, I always hesitate when I’m about to write another one, and check advice on it.
I decided to share some of the articles I found about the subject (the advice isn’t that different, but I thought you might find that the style of the writer of some of the articles connects better with you than others).
17 tips on how to write blurbs that sell:
The dos and don’ts of writing a blurb for your novel :
4 easy steps to an irresistible book blurb:
How to write a book blurb:
Writing a short book blurb:
The 5 core elements of a book blurb (and why you should know them):
And after all that advice, I wanted to ask you if you had any tips or any strategies (different to those ones or adapted from them) that you found particularly useful. And also, what are your favourite book blurbs? They can be your own or other writers’. Personally, although I agree certain elements are expected, I think what will entice readers depends on each individual. As one of the articles observes, some very successful books have not-so-good blurbs. But I’m curious and I guess the best way to learn is to analyse well-written blurbs. So, please, do share! And if we get a good response, I’m happy to collect the best and share them in a future post.
(Ah, and a word about blurbs. It seems that in some cases, although not so much now, in the US a blurb might mean only a list of recommendations or positive reviews of a book added to the back-cover. That indeed can be included in what we are talking about, but we refer more to the short description at the back of a book in paper that tells the reader a bit about it and tries to hook him into buying and reading it).
Thanks so much to all the writers of the articles, thanks to all of you for reading, and please, do like, share, click on the articles and COMMENT!
Olga Núñez Miret
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Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
Olga provides links to articles that give more tips for writing Blurbs 😀
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I wish you luck with the blurb for this book, although with the amazing cover and fascinating content, you should have no trouble. I can’t come up with good blurbs to save my life!
I know what you mean. In my case I always read one and think ‘that’s pretty good’ but I never have this feeling with mine. I keep chipping away at it… (And thanks for the comment about the cover. The story is pretty peculiar too…)
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Book blurbs explored by Olga Nunez Miret on Lit World Interviews. Sometimes more difficult to write than the book! How do you sell your baby in a paragraph without giving away the plot and whodunnit! Head over and add your views.
I struggle with writing blurbs too Olga. So I really appreciate this list of resources. Another great post. Hugs.
Thanks Olga for this timely post as I’m in my 100th round of writing a blurb, LOL 🙂 ❤
I have even more goes at it, because although I usually translate for my books in Spanish, every so often I come up with something much better in the other language, or at least so it seems to me, Debby. I hope I’ve saved you a few revisions…:)
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Thanks so much Olga for always putting up the good stuff! ❤
Thank you for sharing, Debby!
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Olga Nunez Miret shares another fantastic article about book blurbs with us, mentioning more information in other posts and articles. Thank you so much Olga. You are a gem!