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.

The Elven Games-

Tribba runs a bed and breakfast for her Dwarven village but hasn’t had any guests lately. She blames the fancy Elven castle next door. Determined to rid her village and her life of the elves for good, she convinces her next guest, a small and slight young man named Edgar, to champion her against them in a competition. When Edgar gets unexpectedly whisked off by his older brother, Tribba must decide if she will forfeit the last game or play it herself. Will she win The Elven Games or lose everything?

The 13: Tales of Illusory

13 chilling bedtime stories. 13 different ways to die. Down, down in the depths the fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 13?

1,000 Ways to Die–

Brennan makes a pact with a devil of a priest to die 1,000 times in exchange for his wife and newborn daughter’s lives. As he suffers through death after death, he comes face to face with the wiles of the devil and devises a few tricks of his own, but will it be too much for him?

Rolling in the Deep—

When nightmares of being pulled into the ocean send Celia home from college, she discovers that an ancient evil plans to obliterate her kind, and she must choose between the world she knows and the world from which she came.

Fairy Tale—

When a miracle worker arrives from a faraway land to end the curse placed on a beautiful princess, even the king questions whether the price is worthy of the task.

Facing the Dragon—

When Tribba’s human champion Edgar leaves to help his brother conquer an evil tearing through his kingdom, she must finish what she started on her own and a journey of self-discovery, true friendship, and confidence emerges for them both.Will both Tribba and Edgar defeat the evil that tears their land apart?

Til Death official book cover

Weathered—

Blair Weathers wants her own art gallery but someone with a secret wants to stop her. Will her search for independence from her rich, overbearing father bring her success or leave her heartbroken, penniless, and abandoned?

The Immortal Heroes Book 1: The Coterie of Prophecy—

Once upon a legend, druids separated five relics from their precious gemstones and scattered them among five races. One halfling boy must find and combine them all to stop the evil that is rising from the dead with the help of a very unlikely group band of heros.

In Time—

When the one magnet that controls time and time travel is stolen, Viola must do whatever it takes to retrieve it, even if it means sacrificing true love. She faces obstacles ranging from a powerful gangster priest to an increasingly agitated Father Time and her arch enemy, Roderick, as she races to gather magnets that will restore order and protect the steam powered time hopping train.

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. Winning comments could be featured in my next newsletter!

Post Author: Stephanie

Stephanie Ayers writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. She is a self proclaimed word whisperer and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn't doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.

Visit her Amazon page to view all her available books.

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