Writing Your Back Cover Blurb

Think about your book-buying habits. Whether you’re in a physical bookstore or browsing through Amazon, the first thing that draws you in is an attractive cover. After that, you usually click on the cover or flip the book over to read the back cover blurb that tells you what the book is about. If it’s good, you’re hooked. You add the book to your pile and make your way to the register (or complete your order online and plug in your credit card information — technology, right?).

The problem (as all writers know when they’re asked the dreaded question: “So what is your story about?”) is that these buggers are really hard to write. You need to give a general description while keeping it interesting with details, but not too many details that your readers gets bombarded with information. You need to make your book sound similar enough to another book that your readers will likely have read and liked but still make your book sound unique and different than any other book.

Truthfully, I’m not very good at these. When I first sat down to write the blurb for The Blood Moon, I had no idea where to start. As always, I turned to the self-publishing forum, KBoards, for help. From there I found Libbie Hawker‘s videos where she takes you step-by-step through the process of writing a blurb and gives you tips on how to do it. I don’t think I could explain it any better, so I’m going to post her videos below for your help.

Libbie also has a book on book blurbing for only 99¢ on Amazon! It’s ebook only, though, but if you prefer to have a written version, go right ahead and pick it up.

From Libbie’s videos, I’ve compiled a few notes below:
– All stories follow the same pattern: A character wants something, but some force stands in his/her way, so he/she struggles and something is at stake.
– Include these in your blurb: Character. Desire. Opposing force. Struggle. Stakes.
– Avoid proper nouns

Once you’ve finished watching both videos and have beefed up your blurb to the best of your ability, post it on a writer’s forum and objectively listen to their feedback. It’s easy to take offense when someone’s tearing apart your work, but after enduring the editing process of your book, you should hopefully have a thick skin at this point. Take their criticism constructively and keep making revisions until you’re happy with it.

The Full Moon

The Full Moon is available for preorder and will be released February 6, 2016.

Kathy and her sister, Samantha, have always been a team. Throughout their time as witches, they’ve taken out more than their share of bad guys. But after Kathy meets Will, who she learns is a demonic Dark Knight, her loyalties begin to change.

Meanwhile, Samantha doesn’t trust Will or his intentions. Still, Kathy can’t help but feel tempted by the dark side as she falls deeper in love with Will. Crossing over would give Kathy the freedom to do whatever she wanted with her magic. No rules. No limitations. It would also mean breaking the bond she has always shared with her sister, who has made it clear that she wants nothing to do with the dark side.

When Will proposes they take over the underworld, Kathy loves the idea of having power. But it also leaves her with a choice that will change her life: abandon her family and the life she has always known, or give up the love of her life forever.

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