The Art Of Blurbing


I spent some time yesterday morning writing a blurb for the novel I’m just about to start work on. A good exercise to get me focused on what the story is actually about and at least i now know the MC’s name!

I know some people get confused between a blurb and a synopsis, so we should probably start there..

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Blurb = Found on the back of a book and used to entice a reader to buy it. Usually two or three paragraphs in length. No spoilers.

Synopsis = A summary of the whole story from beginning to end. Usually about a page long (unless told otherwise) and sent to agents/publishers. Must include spoilers.

So now we’ve cleared that up lets get to the nitty gritty…what should a blurb actually do? What needs to be included?

  • Wet the readers appetite.
  • Convey atmosphere.
  • Indicate what kind of book it is, genre.
  • Short and sweet, draw the reader in quickly.
  • Introduce the protagonist.
  • Describe the theme, if the book has a strong one.

Right, so now i know what a blurb is and what i should include, i must be able to write a great one yeah? lol….you be the judge. This is the blurb i wrote for my new WIP Pressence 🙂

“It just feels so right.” Was the thought that escaped Beth Adams lips as she stood outside number 10 Button Lane with the Estate Agent.

Having battled her ex-husband Michael for nearly two years in their bitter divorce she was looking forward to a fresh start and rebuilding her life. An unloved Victorian house in a picturesque Kent village was exactly what she needed.

But behind the dirty stained glass in the front door lurks a dark force. Beth’s search for recovery soon turns to terror as she is forced to confront her fears and the pressence, with whom she is convinced she shares her new home.

Does beth have the strength to win this last battle? Or will the strain be enough to tip her over the edge?

Do you ever buy books on just the basis of the blurb? I know i do, so i guess its important to get it right 🙂

Open to suggestions and opinions…does this work or do i go back to the drawing board? lol

 

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Z Is For…


Oh no…its the last day of the A-Z Challenge! Wow, that actually went pretty quickly didn’t it. And the best bit is…

I DID IT! 🙂

Sorry, got a little bit excited there, coz its not over yet… Its Z day…

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And my last random word is…

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Y Is For…


Good morning, or afternoon 🙂 Im a little late today…not feeling too great…have my reflux problem back so its back to the Quacks for me today *sighs* Plus I’m taking The Hubster to the dentist (I’m sitting in a dentist waiting room as I type!). Its all go here you know 😉

Today is Y day on the A-Z Challenge, so you know what that means…one more day and we’re done…awwwww…before you know it its all over 😦

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X Is For…


Good morning! Today is X day on the A-Z Challenge! I enjoyed my day off yesterday, but I’ve got so used to doing this daily it felt as though there was something missing lol

You really won’t believe the word the random generator gave me for X…

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W Is For…


Ok, what the hell am i doing up at 4.30 on a Saturday morning?

  1. Recovering from date night last night (i have a major hangover and needed a cup of tea).
  2. Trying to do my prompt with The Hubster hovering, bless him, really puts me off so I’m getting it done before he gets up.

An afternoon nap will definitely be needed later lol.

So today is W day on the A-Z Challenge! Wow….we’re so close to the finish line i can see it 😉 I have visited every single (WR) blog on the list of participants, so now i’ll work my way through the list picking out ones that sound interesting, and of course, visiting bloggers who have visited me 🙂
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Todays random word is…wait for it…Whip! LMAO 😉 Perhaps I’ve now got to list View under (AC) *sniggers*

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V Is For…


Good morning from a very dreary looking Kent. Todays letter on the A-Z Challenge is V…

…and the random word thats been chosen for me today is Vengeance… *rubs hands together* I do love a bit of payback 😉

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U Is For…


Today is the letter U on the A-Z Challenge 🙂 We’re nearly there folks lol

I think what I’m finding so difficult about this challenge is not to come up with stories that could be novels lol. I can’t post a 5,000 word story here, so I’m trying to make things short. Something you can read in a couple of minutes. Im not usually a Flash Fiction writer, and I’m not sure i want to be. Take todays random word…

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