Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Writing Blurbs

There are two kinds of blurbs, one another author asks you to write praising his or her book, and the one you must construct for your own book.

In either case, I usually keep mine to about two sentences.

I recently did one for a friend and she liked it so well it's going on the front of her book. For some reason, I find it much easier to do for others than for myself.

The blurb I'm working on now is for the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. I've sent one in to the publisher, but I'm not really happy with it.

The book is about a trip Tempe and her husband take to Tehachapi. He isn't happy about the destination as they'd planned to go to the coast and visit her sister. But a call from a ghost hunter has intrigued Tempe. Of course there is a ghost, messages on the wind only Tempe can hear, and a murder of course.

I've tried several different ways to present this, and as yet I'm not thrilled with any I've come up with.

Recently I attended the Tulare-Kings Writers group and the topic was on writing blurbs. It helped, but I'm still not sure what I'm going to use. My critique group also had some suggestions.

How about the rest of you writers? Does writing blurbs for your books or others come easy?

And readers, does an intriguing blurb often cause you to buy the book?

Marilyn


3 comments:

Morgan Mandel said...

Blurbs are a challenge. I write one down and like it, then come back and don't like it anymore.

Linda Thorne said...

I'm not good with blurbs in any way, shape, or form. I think a good blurb can help sell a book. I remember buying at least one once after reading the blurb. The book cover and title drew me to it, but the blurb cinched it.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

i've changed blurbs more than once. Almost as difficult as writing a synopsis.