When I’m book hunting and I find an intriguing title, I’ll definitely look at the cover.
Irresistible? All right, so then I’ll read the blurb.
The few words written on the back of the book will either convince me to buy/borrow it, or will compel me to return it to the shelf.
That’s how important a blurb is.
It has the onerous responsibility – now that the title and the cover have played their roles - to get the reader to clutch the book to her chest, totter off to the nearest couch, and start reading.
In simple terms, all you have to do in the blurb is to say something about the setting, indicate the genre, hint at a trope (if there is one), introduce your main characters, highlight the conflict and the stakes, and end with something enigmatic.
Hah! It isn’t that simple as the following example shows.
Title: Take One Fake Fiancé
Blurb [Sample one]
Mita Ramphul, a schoolteacher, meets Tanay Devkumar, a detective [Main Characters], on the beautiful island of Mauritius [Setting].
Note how this blurb has all the right elements but lacks imagination. Shockingly, it says nothing at all about fake fiancés, thus failing to align with the title.
Now see this:
Blurb [Sample two]
Mita Ramphul is single and fancy-free – and she wants to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Living and working on the idyllic island of Mauritius is the stuff dreams are made of – until she bumps into a man who threatens to destroy it all.
Better? I would think so!
Before you chew off the ends of your fingers wondering what to put in your book blurb, here are some tips that can bring home the reader [try and avoid cliches in the blurb, though]:
Not sure if your blurb is working?
Ask for help – share privately or on social media, and ask friends and fans to comment on what’s good and what isn’t. You could also create two versions and ask them to vote for the one they prefer.
Read more blurb-related stuff here:
The 5 Core Elements Of A Book Blurb (And Why You Should Know Them)
How to write a killer blurb that convinces readers to buy your book
How to Write a Book Blurb: A Guide for Novelists
My love affair with books began when I was a tot. A fabulous mother, who recognized the power of the written word, read to me and my sisters every night, introducing us to the wonderful world of the imagination. Once I could read on my own, I graduated from fairy tales to adventure stories to romance, spending all my pocket money on books. My father served in the army and took the family along mostly wherever he went, resulting in experiences that beg to find a place in my books. I am an ophthalmologist, but make time for my other passions – reading and writing stories, watching romantic comedies, and doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook. I also love solving the Hindu crossword, and – when my muse is elusive – I enjoy pitting my wits against my husband’s at Scrabble®. When I have no other choice, I can be found in the kitchen putting together my ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals.
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