Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “We’ve talked blurbs before. Do you have any tips for writing blurbs?”
Some people think of a blurb as a one-paragraph explanation of the book. But in bloggers’ book reviews, I often see the word “blurb” followed by the entire synopsis from Amazon. This is the type of blurb I’ll focus on today.
The trick is to include enough information about the plot to entice the reader but not divulge too much information that the reader, possibly suspecting the outcome, might not bother reading the book. You’ve seen my “blurb” for Why Grandma Doesn’t know Me at the bottom of all my posts. I’ll include my “blurb” for The Red Dress below as another example.
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.
How about you authors out there? Do you have any tips on writing a successful blurb? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other responses.
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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?