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Dos and Don’ts on Writing a Book Blurb

June 21, 2015

For me, writing the jacket cover was harder than writing the novel. This is the best and clearest explanation I’ve read yet. My next book cover will be much better and I might even be a little more concise when I’m talking about my book. Not that I tend to ramble…

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Rightreading.com

The inspiration for this post came from a little gem I found on the Passive Guy’s Newsletter (if you aren’t already a subscriber, what are you waiting for? It’s free!). After some heavy editing, it ended up as this post.

The original post came from the Self Publishing Review, if you wish to see it in its entirety.

Writing a Book Blurb

By far, the weakest part of many self-published books is the synopsis*. Writing a decent blurb is an art form totally separate from writing a book.

Authors, myself included, often feel this is their least favorite part of the process. It can make you feel icky writing superlatives about your own book. At the same time, too many superlatives can literally be icky (“A work of genius” comes to mind). A good blurb needs to strike a balance between being informative, but not too informative, salesy, but not…

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  1. I’m just like you, when it comes to blurbs! I’m glad you found this helpful, and thank you so much for sharing! Have a lovely week 🙂

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