Writing Your Book Blurb

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When writing your back-of-the-book blurb . . .

Do tell:

1. The Hero: ___________________________________________________________________

2. What the hero wants: __________________________________________________________

3. Touch on the setting: __________________________________________________________

4. What opposition is the hero facing? ____________________________________________

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Don’t tell:

1. Too much of the plot. (This is not a book report or a plot synopsis.)

2. Do not tell the ending . . . in fact, avoid spoilers of any kind.

3. Do not go on too long. Short and punchy is best. Do not give the impression that it is a rambling lecture:

“and then . . . and then . . .  and then . . .”

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Think of the back-of-the-book blurb as a verbal movie trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V75dMMIW2B4

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Today’s Assignment:

Write the back-of-the-book blurb for your novel-in-progress.

Consider your audience.

What will make them want to pick up your book and place it on the top of their “to-read” stack?