Saturday, May 14, 2016

The blurb - is what will sell your book and convert readers! #amwriting #mgtab





Dos

 -Reference the genre and central theme

 -Create intrigue around the main conflict

 -Dive right in and introduce your protagonist

 -Keep it short and punchy

 -Reference your book-writing or professional status, if it relates to your book.



Don’ts

 -Give away any spoilers, no matter how tempted you are

 -Give a summary of the first chapter

-Open with “In a world,” or any other overused phrase

 -Give everything away

 -Say how amazing your book is

 -Compare yourself to other writers or your book to other books
 

The anatomy of a blurb 


While there’s no perfect formula for writing the best blurb for your next novel, there are some patterns worth taking note of: Calling out your success in the book-writing world, introducing the reader to the protagonist in a way that creates intrigue without delving into all the assorted details, and referencing the central point of conflict—without explaining how a resolution may come about.

You realize that you only have a few seconds at the most to grab a reader’s attention. Once the book cover has done its job, tickling her/his interest, then it’s up to the blub to sell your book. So… in order to make this happen you need to use POWER words – ones that will evoke images and instantly gain attention to titillate the reader’s interest.

See below, the difference to a blurb when I subtract the words that probably sold this book!!

 
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My doctored example:

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small painting that ultimately draws Theo into the world of art.

 As an adult, Theo moves between the drawing rooms of the rich and the antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of an ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the machinations of fate.



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Original: (Bold and underlined words are adjective/adverb descriptions whereas the italicized ones are power words usually verbs and nouns.)



WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.



Do you see the difference?






 

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