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Book Descriptions and Blurbs–How Not to Suck at Them


I stumbled on a great article about writing book descriptions/blurbs, which, to be brutally honest, I suck at. Being in the middle of the publishing process with two long works, and an episodic series, this is something I’ve have to think about a lot.

All of the advice in the article linked below rings true for me. I was especially caught by the point about adding a “call to action” at the end of your blurb. It is not something I had thought about before, but is so obvious now that I have it in mind.

Speaking of episodic fiction and blurbs, here is my working pitch for my Fiction Vortex series “Call of the Guardian”:

During the First Age of Darkness, some dragons bonded with men in friendship, creating the order of Guardians. Draven was the last of these magical warriors, his dragon mentor the last of his kind to stand in defiance of dragon warmongering. When a dark force threatened to wipe out all resistance from their dissenting kin, and enslave the humans they protected, the last Guardian was forced to fight back. A tale of fellowship and struggle as true as any of the ancient legends, this heroic story retells the events leading to the infamous Medallion War.

It currently lacks a call to action, since that will have to be contextual to the publishing venue. Well, what do you think? Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

And, of course, you can find the article discussed here below!


Five things your book description says about you

It’s tough to write a 70,000 word book, but it’s just as tough to write a book description of a few hundred words. Bryan Cohen from Selling for Authors outlines some common issues and actionable takeaways to help you improve your book description…READ MORE

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