B for Blurb #AtoZChallenge

Am so glad that urban dictionary defines blurb as “The short summary of a book, usually on the inside cover or back, that most people read so they can say they read the book” and the other meaning listed also are synonymous to the same definition. Feels really good that this word has no other meaning tagged along.
Blurb – The second thing that one would notice, first being the cover image and title. An interesting blurb is the pitch which will make the person who spent a minute reading it to pay 200-300 INR to spend more than 2 hours to read your book. How vital is that?
Bad books with a good blurb sells more than good books with bad blurb – (jaws dropping nah?)
Things you might already know:
  • A blurb is a short bio of your novel in about 100 words or so, which will pitch your novel to the person who crossed your book. If one feels hooked to the blurb or feels connected or gets the vein of the story – tada! You see a copy!
  • A blurb is NOT a summary of your novel – never, never, never do this!
Nitty-gritty:
  • One proven method is to use a catchy paragraph that defines the settings of the book and end the blurb with a few questions for your readers to find the answers in the novel – read the book to get the answers’ type
  • A blurb should talk about the genre, should talk about the key takeaway, should focus on the theme
  • Ensure that the blurb is nitpicked from spoilers
  • Using the protagonist names are not necessary
  • Start something out of the blue and hook your readers
Tips:
  • Don’t write the blurb yourself, because you as an author will be involved in the story whereas a blurb takes a non-microscopic cloudy outline – The best person is the editor or beta-reader who read the story once
  • A blurb for a fiction is totally different from the blurb of a non-fiction, so first take the right examples
  • Refer books that fall under the same genre
  • Don’t use sophisticated words or vocabulary rich content, but, never give diction a toss. Strike a balance!
Shamelessly! Using the blurb of my own first novel – I don’t wear sunscreen here, as a sample! It did gain the necessary highlight and it was written by my editor Harika Bantupalli after reading the manuscript.
Blurb of IDWS:
For Laksha, life is a gift wrapped in red ribbon. But that’s all shattered when she falls for the misogamist. His ambivalence and vacillation always keeps her at bay, turning her into a neurotic. She gets betrayed by the most credible, loses her job, feels devastated and dejected as incidents crowd upon her corrupting her naiveté.
Enigmas unfold revealing every glitch. Who will clear her blurred skies? What invigorates her career and life? Will she ever forgive her beloved? And how will Laksha survive?
The story also revolves around her rapport with Pallavi, a childhood friend and the relationship she has with her silver-tongued mom. Focusing on how experiences change perception of little things, this contemporary tale gives a better meaning to friendships, relationships, solitude, pain, compassion and success.
More often than not, Life drags you down to the adversities and thrusts outward to shine. It is your grit that truly matters when you reach rock bottom, and left with no choice other than to pick yourself up and leap forward, however arduous it may be!
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12 thoughts on “B for Blurb #AtoZChallenge”

  1. Hello! Blurb is so important, isn’t it, and it has a name without any gravitas! I didn’t write the blurb for mine, but I did have a say and did edit it to remove sentences I didn’t like. Usually over here the editor or the publisher writes it. Luckily – I think it’s easier to convey a taste of someone else’s writing! Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

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  2. Hi Kavipriya,

    I agree, the blurb the sale pitch you put in front of your audience to judge and to find if they’d like to indulge in the story presented in those few words.

    Like the post.

    A personal opinion: where you mentioned about striking a balance while using the diction, I don’t really see you following the same in your book.

    The first two paras both have the most deciding words too sophisticated for a general reader to connect with. Of course if your target audience is only the sophisticated lot, than its a great strategy but in that case, the next two paras would be termed as carelessly plain in comparison. Also, I think it’s too long, try to make it shorter, if you can.

    Of course this is all my personal opinion and I’m not sure if you’d take it well but I do consider the blurb as one of the deciding factors in the sales of a book so thought that I’d let you know.

    Since the comment will be moderated, I’m leaving it here for you to decide whether you’d like it here or not.

    Good luck for your book.

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  3. Blurb, great piece on blurb. I must admit, I am not very well conversant of the technicalities in creative writing, but thanks to you to put these in perspective, so much to learn. Will read the others in the series. As usual, brilliant writing, and excellent clarity.

    @Subhmohanty from
    And Life Unfolds…

    A * Alone >> B * Butterfly >> C * Curry >> D * Dance >> E * Edge >> F * Forest >> G * Grin >> H * Homecoming >> I * Ink >>

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