What is a Blurb?
At some point in the publication process, probably before you actually hit the Publish button, you will write the "real" blurb for your book (or find someone famous to write one for you!). At one time, the book blurb was the paragraph found on the back of a book or on the back dust cover that acted as a sales pitch for the book. Now blurbs are used all over the place including on the author's website, on social media sites, and in book trailers.
You can find lots of websites giving recommendations on how to write a killer blurb and you should definitely check them out when you get ready to publish. I'd recommend any of the posts by Reedsy (https://blog.reedsy.com/write-blurb-novel/), Kindlepreneur (https://kindlepreneur.com/back-book-cover-blurb/), and Writers Write (https://writerswrite.co.za/how-to-write-an-irresistible-book-blurb-in-five-easy-steps/).
The blurb you write here is not intended to be your final book blurb. This one is to give you focus for the editing process. It should help you nail down what you intended to be the essence of your story as you were writing it, including who is your main character and what is it the main character needs to do. Rather than read through your story to see if you wrote everything you thought you wrote (we'll do that later), first create the Blurb worksheet below and fill in the blanks.
Exercise: Write Your Blurb
If you are creating your notes in your OneNote Novel Editing notebook, follow these steps to complete the exercise:
Once you have thought this out and feel like you have figured out the essence of your story, write it on a sticky note or print it out in 18 point letters so you can refer back to it while working through the rest of your edits.
DOWNLOAD: Blurb Worksheet
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