You know the kind I mean.
It’s a small blurb that goes on the back of your book.
Then another one a bit longer that will sell your book. At least we all hope so.
I only wrote about a dozen before I settled on one that I thought was pretty good. Then I had to write a short version and a long version.
In all honesty, I may rewrite it again before I give the final okay to publish. It’s hard to know when something is good enough. You know what I mean?
I’ve read and read what makes good copy. Everyone has a different opinion, but most agree that the description needs to hook the reader.
Again with the hooks. Seems this term is one of the most important in writing. It pops up everywhere.
With all my reading and rereading books like mine in addition to successful writer tips, here is my takeaway on a decent book description. Fingers crossed mine is good enough to catch a reader.
- There’s no magic formula. Too bad, I had high hopes.
- First sentence – make sure people know what your book is about.
- Don’t bore the reader to tears. If the description is boring, no one wants to read the whole book.
- If possible end your description with a cliffhanger.
- Think ad, not summary. Make it pop and sizzle.
- Make it short and simple.
I hope these tips helped. Like I said, I keep tweaking mine.
Do you have any tips to add?
Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.
Keep reading great links at the bottom of the page!
THE 11 INGREDIENTS OF A SIZZLING BOOK DESCRIPTION by Mark Edwards
Creating Promotional Copy That Works: Book Descriptions by Marcy Kennedy