How to Write a Book Blurb That Sells

Imagine this: you’re at a bookstore, looking for a new book to buy, you go into your favorite genre’s section and look at all the new options. You pick up a book that seems interesting, the cover is very vibrant and exciting, but then you flip the book to read the summary.

Whether we want to admit it or not, people do judge a book by its cover, but it doesn’t end there, if you’re lucky enough to attract the reader by the cover, you have to make your book blurb even better, and that’s what I’m going to teach you how to do today!

Book blurbs are the short summary in the back cover of any book, they are usually used for promotion, so writing a good one is crucial.

So how do you write a good blurb?

First, identify what genre your book is under, based on the genre, you’ll write the blurb. If you have a horror book, for example, you’d want a blurb that is brief, chilling, and attention-grabbing. So based on each genre, you set the mood your excerpt is supposed to give.

After identifying the genre, write down the main points of your story- excluding the ending, then arrange the points. After that you can modify it to your liking by changing the words, fixing the organization, and by adding or removing some points.

If you don’t want to reveal much about the plot, you could just choose some of your favorite lines from your book, it could be a small part of an important dialogue, or a monologue, and use that. But make sure it’s interesting enough to stand alone without a description. Whether you want to use part of a dialogue or a summary, it’s best to choose your personal favorite part; since you probably put the most effort into it. However, make sure that part is relevant to the main plot line, don’t mislead your readers.

Another way to write a blurb is by including the turning point of your book, for instance, the moment the main character decides to embark on that dangerous mission or the moment when a character is about to make a crucial decision, but don’t reveal if they ended up doing it or not. To be more clear, “Jamie looked at the pros and cons scribbled down on the paper in front of her, and she finally came to a decision, one that may change her life.”

See? It doesn’t have to be long and boring to be a good blurb, something as short as that makes a reader want to find out more about the book. The readers now knows Jamie made a decision, but they don’t if it’ll change her life for better or worse, they don’t even know what the two choices were, now they most probably want to find out.

Another important point to keep in mind: make sure to reveal the problem. What is it that the character is trying to solve? This will give readers a basic idea of what your story is about.

Things you shouldn’t do:

(Keep in mind, this is your book and your blurb, so I’m just mentioning some stuff you shouldn’t do in general, but your book could be an exception.)

  • Don’t include the ending of your book
  • Don’t make it too long, 100-150 words should be enough
  • Don’t reveal too much
  • Don’t make it too short, unless it’s effective enough to gain a reader’s interest

Other points to keep in mind: Put yourself in your reader’s shoes, read your blurb and imagine you’re the reader, would you pick up this book if it wasn’t yours? If you’re worried that you’re too biased, you could ask an honest friend or other writers if they’d read your book based on the summary, you could also go to my contacts page and send me an email or a direct message on Instagram with your blurb, I’d love to give you my opinion!

To summarize it all:

  • Know the genre you’re writing under
  • Choose your favorite part
  • Use dialogue
  • Choose exciting part (rising action)
  • Write down the basic story line, then choose what to include and what not to
  • Show the main problem the character needs to solve

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Finding Inspiration to Write in Quarantine

Sadly, we aren’t in a great situation right now. With the massive spread of COVID-19, more places are closing down and lots of places are under full lockdown. However, on the bright side, we have way more time now to do other things we never had the time for. For example: Learning a Language, Practicing an old hobby, Working out or for us writers, writing. It may be harder to write because of lack of motivation and the sudden free time is overwhelming.

So how can you be inspired to write?

MAKE TIME FOR IT

The best way to start writing is simply by making time for it. Set a schedule using Google Sheets, by Writing it down on a paper, or just use your phone notes. I personally find it easier to commit to something when I write it down physically and hang it somewhere I always look at (my wardrobe). Schedule out the best times you’re free to write or the most times you usually have inspiration- whether that’s at night or during the day.

MOTIVATE YOURSELF

During these times, it’s a bit hard to write for most; so motivate yourself. If you write on notebooks, try ordering new ones online. If that’s not possible, try to decorate it, use a new notebook, organize it, remove unnecessary pages, etc. If you use a laptop/computer to write, organize your files, delete unwanted things, finish incomplete work, etc. Getting a new start will motivate you to get back into writing. A good way to motivate yourself is to start a writer’s journal.

MUSIC

Another way I like to motivate myself is by listening to music while writing, if you also enjoy that, create new playlists or add new songs onto current playlists for something new to listen to and refresh your mind with new ideas. You can check out my playlist for inspiration!

CHANGE IT UP

If you usually write in your bedroom, try to write somewhere else, sometimes the feeling of boredom and not having inspiration to write is because of the same routine. Especially nowadays since most people are at home, staying in the same room might get boring. If it’s too noisy in other rooms, try wearing headphones and listen to music to cover up the noise.

I hope this post inspired you to get back into writing in these unfortunate times, make sure to follow my Instagram for weekly tips that could inspire you more and help you improve your writing. Thank you for reading!

How to Start a Writer's Journal

A Writer’s Journal is a journal that keeps records of your ideas, inspiration, and thoughts for future reference. It helps enhance creativity when you have writer’s block or just don’t know what to write about.

Why you should use a Writer’s Journal:

  • Whenever you run out of ideas, you can go through the Journal.
  • Free of distraction that writing on devices could cause.
  • It’s fun!

How to choose a notebook:

  • Make sure the paper is thick enough for the pen to not bleed through.
  • The notebook can be big or small depending on your preference.
  • If you make lots of mistakes, it’s better to get a spiral notebook since it’s easier to tear out pages.
  • Get a hard cover for protection, if you’re planning to take your notebook everywhere.

Some notebook I personally tried and or heard about:

(Moleskine, Smythson, Leuchtturm)

Obviously, You don’t have to buy an expensive notebook, any good quality notebook will do! As long as it meets the description I mentioned above, it should be good to use.

So what can you write in a Writer’s Journal?

  • You can start by introducing who you are and why you write; this way, if you ever lose motivation to write you can see what makes you write in the first place.
  • Write about random conversations you overheard.
  • Ideas you get in the shower or before you sleep that you don’t want to forget.
  • Interesting stories that happened to you or someone you know.
  • Dreams or nightmares.
  • Practice describing any object or person in front of you.
  • Write new vocabulary you learned.
  • Write a sentence you like that you want to use later.
  • Inspiring quotes
  • You can even print out images and stick it in your journal!

If you end up starting a writer’s journal, I’d love to see it! You can share it with me on Instagram!

10 Must-have Apps for Writers

As Writers, we need to be able to make time to write, have our work backed up and have a platform to share them. Here are some apps that are very helpful for Writers:

1- Google Docs:

This app is useful for writers who want to share their documents with other people, if you have a writing partner this app is very helpful! You can both edit the document and work together. You can also log into your account from any device and have all your work there.

  • It’s free
  • Available on both IOS and Android
  • Available on all devices, including desktops

2- Google Keep:

Like Google Docs, my favorite part about this app is how you can log in from different devices and still have all of your notes! You can make checklists, to-do lists or just write notes. As a writer, it will be much easier to accomplish goals and write down notes and ideas for your stories.

  • It’s free
  • Available on IOS and Android
  • Available on all devices

3- Google Calendar:

This app is helpful to schedule your writing sessions and set reminders to get up and write! It’s especially useful if you get distracted and need to schedule hours for writing.

  • It’s free
  • Available on IOS and Android
  • Available on all devices

4- Forest:

If you procrastinate a lot, well this is the app for you! This app stops you from using your phone and you can set the amount of time you want to be productive for.

  • It’s free on android but costs $1.99 on IOS
  • It’s available on both IOS and Android
  • Can be an add-on on Chrome

5- Grammarly:

This add-on is perfect since it fixes typos and suggests better grammar structure.

  • It’s free but you can pay for the premium version
  • Can be added as a Chrome add-on

6- Wattpad:

This is probably one of the biggest writing platforms in the internet! You can share your work, grow an audience, get feedback, make friends, and more! If you’ve been writing for a while, you can turn your books into Paid ones, meaning readers have to pay to read. You can also read lots of free and interesting books there.

  • Free
  • Available on both IOS and Android
  • Good way to get your writing out there!

7- Instagram:

I’m sure you already know Instagram and probably already have it, but have you ever thought about how useful it can be to you as a writer? As the writing community has been growing online, Instagram has become a useful social media for writers! You can follow many hashtags like #writingtips or #writingprompts to get ideas and motivation, you can also share your work there!

  • Free
  • Easy to start an account on
  • Available on Android and IOS

8- PicsArt:

This app is useful for anyone who wants to create their own book cover without using photoshop or illustrator; since they’re expensive. Obviously it’s not as good as them, but it’s very helpful if you’re a new writer and just need a book cover for Wattpad.

  • Free but has in-app purchases
  • Available on both IOS and Android
  • Easy to use

9- Canva:

Like PicsArt, this app is useful for anyone wanting to create their own book covers without expensive editing apps, it also has many templates to edit if you’re not great with editing.

  • Free but has in-app purchases
  • Available on both IOS and Android
  • Has templates, making it easy to use

10- Scrivener:

I haven’t personally used the app, but I’ve heard lots of good things about it. It’s a useful app for writers who want to write on the go without having to a lug a laptop with them wherever they go. It’s especially useful if you’re writing something long like a manuscript or a novel.

  • Costs $19 on IOS
  • Not available on Android

How Can You Gain Readers?

As writers, we obviously want active readers who enjoy our work and comment on it. But how can we grow such an audience?

1- Read other people’s work

A good way to gain a new reader and possibly a new friend is by reading other writers’ work and commenting on them, or giving them constructive criticism. However, don’t just comment stuff without actually meaning it. It definitely shows. Comment something genuine and useful for the writer to grow. This way you’re an active part of the writing community and most writers really appreciate when someone comments on their work and gives them tips to improve. Who knows, they might read your work and comment back.

2- Update frequently

This tip only applies to people who publish their work a chapter at a time, like most Wattpad users for example. If you publish your work one chapter at a time, make sure to do it frequently, since readers probably won’t wait for a book that gets updated once every few month no matter how well-written it is. They will probably move on and start reading something else. However, don’t update too frequently to give readers some time to get excited. You could also create a posting schedule and tell your readers about it; that way readers know when to expect the next update.

3- Promote your work the right way

This one can be a double-sided sword, promoting your work can really help grow an audience but it should be done the right way, don’t promote your work anywhere and all the time, it can really annoy people and make them uninterested in your book. Here are some good ways to promote:

  • Talk about your book in the right place, like writing clubs and clubs on Wattpad that are meant for talking about your book.
  • Don’t talk about your book in random Youtube or Instagram comment sections, this can really turn a person off.
  • You could join Writers’ Café discord server and promote your work in the self-promo section!

4- Reply to comments

You obviously don’t have to reply to every comment you get, but try replying to any comment you like or a comment that gave you constructive criticism, and thank them for taking the time to comment. This makes readers feel like they’re closer to you as a person and it also makes other readers want to comment.

5- Have an attractive book cover

We all know the famous saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Sadly, most readers will do that, so take some time to create a good book cover or pay someone to do it for you.

6- Add a good title and story description

Other than the book cover, a good title and story description is what grabs readers attention next. Make your title short and catchy. Your story description should explain what your book is about without revealing way too much. It should make the readers excited to know more.

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