You’ve written a story and now you’ve decided to self-publish it. Congratulations. However, now you realize you have an issue; you need to have a book blurb or book description, but you’re not sure how to write it. The truth is that many authors struggle with this and aren’t sure where to begin. Many start with writing a synopsis and then spend hours whittling that down into something catchy. Honestly, there is a much simpler and less stressful way.
You’ve just spent six hard months slaving over a hot computer. You’ve now written and polished your book, and then polished it a little bit more. It’s your baby and you love it. You spend another three months finding a publisher and a further three agreeing everything from the title to the cover design. So a year of your life is invested in a fantastic novel and now you’re ready to go… not quite, you need to sort out the blurb.
Is it important? YES, it is, in fact, one of the most important components of the whole book package. How can I be sure, well, I ran a poll on two well known sites for readers in the US and the UK. The poll was entitled “Top reasons for buying a book”. Once the voting was completed it was very clear what really mattered. High on both lists were things like genre, recommendations and read other books by the author. However, the blurb came number one in the US, and number two in the UK. That shows you just how important it is to get it right… your book will not succeed without a well written blurb. Continue reading “Getting the Blurb Right by Ken Magee”