Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Back Cover Blurbs

        When I am looking through the bookstore with some $$ burning a hole in my pocket, I look at covers that catch my eye then the very next thing I do is to read the back cover blurb and go from there. So what does that have to do with your writing?
       I went to a conference at Utah Valley University recently called Book Academy and in a class taught by Lisa Mangum and Kirk Shaw. Kirk said that you could write the back cover blurb before you begin the actual book. You have the Who, Goal, Obstacle, Consequence of Failure right? Then write your book. Go back and read the blurb you wrote and check to see if it still applies.
       Are all the key elements in the book? Would a reader fill like you kept your word and delivered on the story you promised? If yes, Great! If not, go back and revise. Flesh out your weak points and sharpen that climax.

I'm going to try this for my NaNoWriMo book. Have you done it before?

3 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've always looked at my query as kind of what would be on the back blurb.

Suze Reese said...

I did that while outlining ExtraNormal. When the book was complete the blurb wasn't even close, but I found it was the blurb that was lacking, not the book. It was a good exercise but since I didn't have the full "vision" of the book yet, it didn't stand a chance of living up to the book.

Carlajo said...

I love reading the blurbs. No matter how well recommended a book is, I won't read it if the blurb blows.
I love writting them, too. My queries always have a variation of the blurb as the first paragraph.