We've done it – we've written a great novel. It's going through edits with a publisher and then we get the email that makes us bite our nails to little bits:
Can you write a back cover blurb no more than 150 words and a 25 word short blurb?
My muse, Juliet, rushes off to get a manicure. There's nothing like a hand soothing manicure to revitalize the inspiration. Newly painted nails always gets Juliet in the mood when she has to help me write a blurb.
Blurb writing is not easy. You've got a novel/novella/short story that you've got to sum up in a couple of paragraphs and you've got to make it sound jazzy so it will entice a reader to buy and read.
I try the following: I introduce the hero/heroine (main characters), state what the challenge is and what's at stake. It seems like a lot, but it all comes down to verb choice for me. After I write an initial rough draft blurb, I circle my verbs and strive to find stronger ones. "Went" and "was" are two that I try to replace. If I have an adverb, I try to eliminate it. Then I examine my adjectives and look for punchier ones – tormented, hunted, captivated, destroyed, ruined, enthralled, enchanted are all stronger words that come to mind.
With a short 25 word blurb, I try to state who my heroine (or hero) is and the challenge they face.
I'd love to hear your tips and what works for you.
Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. Married with two boys, she lives in California. In her spare time, she's a soccer mom, dance mom, cub & boy scout mom, and a writer. Her story, "Made in America," won 8th place in Mainstream Fiction in the 82nd Annual Writer's Digest Contest this year.
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Edmund of Wales, back to 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.
Alice soon finds herself over her head in trouble. Edmund is determined to help Prince Albert build a dirigible and the Prime Minister appears intent in preventing her from stopping Edmund. Alice knows it's too early for the massive flying machine to take to the air. Complicating matters is the passionate Grayson Kentfield, Earl of Swinton. Alice can't stop her pulse from pounding when she's near him.
Can Alice give her heart to a man from the past while working to stop Edmund from changing history?
AWARDS FOR VICTORIAN SCOUNDREL:
2012 Romance of the Year at Deep in the Heart of Romance
2012 Bronze Winner, Romance: Historical, Reader's Favorites Reviews
2011 Hope Chest Reviews Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance Series
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