1. Blurbs are tough. I think it’s especially hard for an author to do her own. It’s easy to boil someone else’s book down to a few sentences, but when it’s your own you want to include so much; it’s hard to remember to just put in the bare bones, and it’s hard to feel like the bare bones is interesting when you know how much awesome stuff you’re leaving out!

  2. Mercy, so true. And “voice” is as important in blurbs as in the book. A friend is working on her blurb, which sounded great to me. But it sounded very dark, and the tone of her books isn’t as dark. You can see the lighter tone in Misty and my blurbs above. Misty’s blurbs for her Super Agent series show a different tone. My tone for my darker book, Dragon Blues, is different, too. And my book Dead People has a sardonic tone that fits the book.

  3. Recently, I’ve discovered that if I have a blurb BEFORE I start a story, I stay focused on the story instead of the minutia detail when it’s time to come up with a blurb. I didn’t do this with Book Two of The Goblin’s Apprentice, The Fast and the FAERIEous, and now I have to remedy the short blurb that I have posted.

    With luck, I’ll find my answer prior to the drawing, but I’m still game for help with blurb for book three, For Whom the Bell Trolls, since I only have a logline for that one!

  4. Margaret, good luck in the drawing! You can always sent your blurb to me. But Misty’s the expert. When I have a chance, I’ll check out your TFATF blurb.

  5. Ooo. Count me in! I’d love to win. And thanks for the link on learning more about blurbs.

    I’m almost to the point where I’ll need one. (I hope…fingers and toes and eyes are crossed)

    I think each step of writing comes with its own set of challenges yet we continue on because we must! With that being said, I’ll take all the help I can get!

  6. Elle, I’m keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed for you. Sometimes I’ll struggle with my blurb for a couple hours. Then I’ll walk away from the computer, and that’s when it comes to me in a rush of words. Usually when I don’t have a pen and paper around. lol

  7. Ripley

    I have a blerb, but I suspect it’s too busy. I would love help with paring it down to perfection.

  8. Ripley

    And help with spelling too, apparently. It’s Monday, and I need another cup of tea!

  9. Nicholas, I tend to stay away from questions in my blurbs. I get straight to the blurb. I think agent Janet Reid in her Query Shark blogs says she doesn’t like blurbs that begin with questions, but I can’t recall why. In any case, if it works for you, that’s what matters.

  10. I agree with you, Edie, about questions in the blurb. First, they can become quite cliche. and Second, the answers are usually evident…i.e. Can hero and heroine find their way to love? Of course they can or else it wouldn’t be a book.

    I think I’m with Margaret. With a good blurb, it might keep me on target.

    I wanna professional blurb! 🙂

  11. Cyndi, I think you’re good at blurbs, but your name will be entered.

    I know what my characters want in the end. I think that’s what keeps me on target. Though I still wander off… 😀

  12. Cheryl Yeko

    Working on my first blurb for my first romantic suspense manuscript that I just completed.

    Thanks for this blog, looks like a useful one.

  13. I think sometimes a blurb will work better if you reveal one major plot twist in it (provided, of course, that you have a few more twists left to keep the reader interested).

  14. Tim, plot twists are great, but that doesn’t make me want to read a book. Intrigue me with the promise of an interesting story and characters, and I’m clicking the Buy button.

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