Drafting the jacket copy for your novel or the story pitch you’ll include in your query letter? Here are some tips to keep in mind, courtesy of Home Of High Fantasy.
Authors love to debate their craft, and few topics are more hotly argued than the humble blurb. I say humble, for it’s tiny compared to a book, and yet it’s the keystone that supports the relationship between reader and writer. Few people buy a book solely because of its cover. Most will read the first paragraph of the story, or some random pages. Some will look at reviews. But everyone reads the blurb. So, what makes a good one?
The people who know the most about blurbs – the big publishers, don’t share. Knowledge is power, and in this case it’s sales too.
Self-published authors share generously, but here lies a morass of personal preference, brilliance, naivety, truths and half-truths.
Anyway, the best place to start learning how to write a good blurb is with readers. Why do they choose one book over another? So, here are my tips –…
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