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Dos and Don’ts on Writing a Book Blurb

May 4, 2015

Getting ready to write a blurb or synopsis? Then check this out!

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Rightreading.com

The inspiration for this post came from a little gem I found on the Passive Guy’s Newsletter (if you aren’t already a subscriber, what are you waiting for? It’s free!). After some heavy editing, it ended up as this post.

The original post came from the Self Publishing Review, if you wish to see it in its entirety.

Writing a Book Blurb

By far, the weakest part of many self-published books is the synopsis. Writing a decent blurb is an art form totally separate from writing a book.

Authors, myself included, often feel this is their least favorite part of the process. It can make you feel icky writing superlatives about your own book. At the same time, too many superlatives can literally be icky (“A work of genius” comes to mind). A good blurb needs to strike a balance between being informative, but not too informative, salesy, but not…

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4 Comments
  1. Many thanks for reading and sharing! Have a lovely week 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing. As someone who just finished writing their book blurb, I appreciate that I’m not the only one who has trouble– especially since it went back and forth to 48Fourteen, to me, to my mom, to me again. Then I saw a mistake and had to send a new one.

    • Ooooh; if you’re doing the blurb, does that mean the book is almost finalised?

      • The manuscript is in editing now, but I will be announcing some things pretty soon…For example on May 12th, we’ll have a cover reveal. But its coming!

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