Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Writing Killer Book Blurbs

Navigating the Indie writing world is tricky, but it's gotten a whole lot easier with the help of Facebook Groups and some great ebooks. There are workshop style groups, and books that cover just about anything, but my favorite by far is a book and group that helps authors tackle blurb writing.

As a word of caution, always read the rules of the group when you join it. You don't want to get banned. I'm speaking from experience here. I joined a group (which I loved) and forgot there was no promo of any kind. I asked for readers. Banned for life. No warning, nothing. So, remember to keep the rules in mind when posting.

Group Help for Writing Awesome Book Blurbs

Perhaps the bane for any writer is writing book blurbs. I know mine have been less than subpar for years. But, I read a few books, joined a Facebook group, and I think I've finally gotten the hang of it.

What do you think? Here's my latest. For Beneath the Metreskan Sands.

Babylonia Steele has spent her life digging in the dirt looking for artifacts, but no dig has ever been as important as the one on Mirada. Her findings could shake the very foundation of the planet’s government. A tip from a traitor in her inner circle has alerted the Militarian authority, and it seeks to stop her at all costs. Fortunately for her, her closest friend just happens to be Gwyn Casteliano, the best smuggler, and pilot in the quadrant. In a life and death chase, she will risk all to protect her findings. Will the government destroy her? Will she lose everything Beneath the Metreskan Sands?

I think it's pretty good, but I thought the other ones were pretty good, too. I needed a second opinion, so I submitted it to the Facebook group and got feedback. It was a go. If there had been a problem, members would have helped me rewrite it, or offered suggestions. This is the kind of help you can find in Facebook groups.

I highly recommend the group Write Compelling Fiction Blurbs with Glenna Mageau. It's a small group, but highly resourceful and engaging.

More Help for Writing Awesome Book Blurbs

Gotta Read It! by Libbie Hawker, is currently free on Amazon. I don't know if it is perma-free, or not. But, I highly recommend getting it either way. I have a hard time following author's instructions for writing book blurbs, because I often equate those instructions with word problems, and I hate math. I think it's because of my dyslexia of math, but either way, I didn't have this problem with this book. It was easy to understand, and once I found the golden nugget inside, it was simple and step by step. I have used her formula ever since.

I don't want to give away the exact details because I don't want to spoil the book or reveal her secrets, but Ms. Hawker boils down a hard and difficult subject into five sentences that for me, were life changing.

What books or Facebook groups have you found helpful? I'd love to hear from you!


1 comment:

  1. I have used Ms. Hawker's book, too, and love it. Blurbs are so important in a book, and can make a difference in your book's appeal to readers.