On Writing: The Art of the Blurb

Have you ever been told to send a potential agent/publisher/pa a blurb of your story?

The first time I heard this, my fingernail scratched my temple. “Huh? Say what? A blurb?”

I had never heard of this before, so off to google I went.

Here’s what I learned:

  • most blurbs start with “When.”
  • Blurbs are generally one sentence long, approximately 100 words.
  • Blurbs should give away your story without really giving away the details.
  • A tight written blurb will get more attention than a loose and overly descriptive one.
  • You should blurb for everything you write. Practice makes perfect.
  • Back cover blurbs are more defined than a basic blurb (More like a synopsis yet not quite).
  • Blurbs should hook your reader every time.

And, as an exercise to perfect the blurb writing, I share mine with you today.

Coming August 24, 2019

The Elven Games-

Tribba loves running the local B&B, but hasn’t had a customer in a while. When a magickless mage enters her inn, she finally sees an opportunity to get rid of those pesky elves once and for all—by challenging them to a competition, where their castle and her inn are at stake.

Though Edgar is eager and willing to help her, he struggles with his own shortcomings and lack of esteem. If he let her down, she would lose everything. Will the help of butterfly fairies and an unwilling dragon be enough to restore his faith in himself or will Tribba have to finish the games on her own? Can they both find the courage they need to overcome their fears?

If you liked Lords of the Rings and The Shannara Chronicles, you’ll definitely enjoy this series.

Catching Dragons: Destiny Defined Book 2

Coming August 10, 2019

As Derik whisks Edgar away from Willowglen where he’d been championing the dwarves, he can’t help but wonder what has really happened to his kingdom since his departure. Tales of an attack from the sky and an army of black knights proceed him, and nothing is as Edgar expects when he arrives back home in Northend. His city lies under an enchantment, and they need him to break it. Tasked with regaining his lost magick and armed with a pouch of fairy dust, Edgar is determined to do the right thing.

Will he find the courage to confront the man responsible for his father’s death or will he run away like the coward Derik believes him to be?

The 13: Tales of Illusory

Evil underwater pixies, Vampires, Norse gods, lycans, puppeteers, ghosts, psychopathic neighbors, and more…

These 13 enchanted tales will haunt you long after you’ve finished reading them. You’ll second guess everything, check your closets before sleeping, and peek over your shoulders by day. Down down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell.

Enter if you dare…

This is the 1st book in the 13 series.

Can you survive all 13?

The 13: Tales of Macabre

Don’t read alone!

Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more…

This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you’ll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell.

This is the second collection in The 13 series.
Will you survive all 13?

The 13: Surreal Tales

Haunted spaces and creepy places, music from beyond the grave, otherworldly encounters, a deadly basketball game, and more…

This collection of surreal tales ventures into the paranormal as you’ve never read them before and will turn your dreams into nightmares that haunt your every thought. Down, down, in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell.

What keeps you up at night?

This is the third book in the 13 series.

Can you survive all 13?

If the Shoe Fits

What if the story you’ve always heard was wrong? What if it held a very big secret? What if Cinderella didn’t get the crown because there is another to fill her shoe?

It’s after midnight, but the band plays on. A unicorn drawn carriage awaits to carry another Ella to the ball. Destiny is what you make of it… right?

Which foot will the shoe fit best?

Cronuts in the City

Coming February 18, 2019

Sometimes what you don’t know can kill you.

Blair Cromartie is Daddy’s spoiled little rich girl—until she wants to open her own art gallery. When he refuses to support her, she takes matters into her own hands and enlists the help of an attractive lawyer and a charming loan officer. Just as she’s about to achieve her dreams, it all comes crashing down around her as her father’s darkest secret comes to light. Haunted by her dead lover and a past she knew nothing about, will Blair prove her father wrong or will his betrayal rise up and stop her?

In conclusion, here’s the blurb that caught the eye of my publisher, Bannerwing Books, and made Til Death Do Us Part a reality:

When Ian buys Elizabeth a Tiffany engagement ring, he unwittingly sets off a series of events as the ring goes full circle to be reunited with its intended.

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So tell me, which one catches your interest? Share some of your blurbs in the comments below.

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