For the last few months, I’ve been frantically working on my first novel. I’m currently working through the third draft and hope to have the book published later this year. As I’m entering the final stages of the actual writing, I’m preparing a list of things I need to do before I can publish my debut novel. So far my list consists of:
The last one, book blurb, is the one I’m the most stressed about.
The book blurb is the synopsis that’s written on the back cover of the book. Combined with an awesome cover, a well-written book blurb could lead to best-seller lists.
I have yet to meet a single, self-published author who loved writing blurbs. Writers spend months generating 80,000 words and then have to summarize the entire book into 200 words or less.
I’ve spent some time over the last few days, reading book blurbs on Amazon as well as tracking down blogs and other sources, trying to figure out how to write mine. One of the Facebook writing groups I’m in mentioned this book:
It came highly recommended for anyone who needs help writing a synopsis. And after reading a few pages, I decided to give the whole blurb-thing a try.
Anonymous Main Character is a survivor about to face her greatest challenge: actually living her life while surrounded by death. This Damn Book is an engaging, page-turning story about the main character and how she deals with one horrifying ordeal after another. First, something tragic happens in the prologue which will probably actually be labeled chapter one because apparently prologues are a big no-no. Then, there are a ton of mind-blowing, embarrassing sex scenes that will make every woman reading this cringe and every man reading this feel relieved to know that he’s not the only one this happens to in the bedroom. Then there’s the climax. Oh yes. Lots of exciting stuff happens in the climax. And then, the story ends. Or does it? You decide. This Damn Book is guaranteed to take you on an emotional journey. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You might vomit. You’ll probably need therapy. Sorry, no refunds.
Just my opinion, but I think I need to practice. A lot. Also, I should probably finish reading the above-mentioned book.