How to Write a Killer Blurb

D Kai Wilson-Viola

Kai Wilson-Viola writes under various names, and in all genres. Co-founder and webmistress of the IAG site, she writes content on request of members. She has written several books including the Ten Hour Marketing Plan and 12x12 - tutorials for social media. When not writing, she can be found maintaining sites, designing themes, managing a charity called the Less than Three foundation, gaming, knitting or reading.

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8 Responses

  1. Great info!

    For me as a reader story blurbs are one of three things I consider when I’m looking for something to read. A striking cover grabs my attention and a good blurb hooks my interest. But it’s the first page that closes the sale. Make them all sparkle people.

  2. Thanks for that clear and informative post – I’m inspired to go and rewrite the blurbs on my ebooks, and I’ll be able to do a better job on the print run of my next murder mystery. Thanks!

  3. Cynthia says:

    Good writing includes spelling, punctuation and grammar. If these are lacking in the blurb, I won’t torture myself by buying the book…even if it’s a free download!

    • Vjlink says:

      All writers should be professional, you’re quite right to reject a blurb for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar – although they happen even under the best of circumstances. Still, blurb or novel, someone else should look at them first, to catch any possible errors.

    Could David salvage the life that he had squandered as a youth? The chaplain had rescued hiim and helped him plan for the future, but he was making new enemies to go with those he had brought with him from Illinois. Falling in love with Nora had raised the stakes. Suddenly there was much more to lose! But he had been taught to take life’s challenges in steps, one at a time. He knew he would need help every step of the way.

    • Vjlink says:

      Are you asking for a critique of the blurb, or is this promotion? If so, fix hiim, and the blurb is almost too cryptic – there are many ways of squandering your youth (I tried a few). Set the scene, the ‘army’ chaplain, the chaplain of his new church? What enemies from Illinois, and didn’t he learn anything to keep him from making new enemies? Everyone has been taught to take challenges in steps… what’s new here? Where’s the hook? What’s unique about your book that sets it apart?