Blurb:

noun
1. a short description that praises something (such as a book) so that people will want to buy it. There are many elements that are essential to a back cover, but today we will focus just on the blurb. A blurb is a short summary, usually a condensed version of the synopsis, which highlights the major parts of the story. The purpose of the blurb is to get the customer’s attention and persuade them to purchase your book in less than 30 seconds, therefore a boring or very long blurb won’t work. Blurbs should be short, concise, and catchy. Most of all, the blurb should be clear and make sense. Look at the blurb below.

Ten-year-old Myrtle Beckle lives on Sugarbird Lane with Blabbermouth Samantha and the No Eating Vegetable Club. This vegetable patrol has banned every kid on their block from eating any vegetables, which is why they mock Myrtle, the vegetable nerd, for her bizarre fascination with broccoli. While dodging their antics, Myrtle plants broccoli seeds in her backyard in hopes of one day becoming a scientist and finding a cure for cancer through broccoli. This humorous, educational, and inspiring chapter book, filled with secret clubs, rivalry, broccoli experiments, and more, proves that the voice of a child should never be ignored.

This blurb introduces the main character, her goal, and her contribution to the overall story. It also shows conflict and how the antagonist drives the plot. The blurb also gives some insight as to what happens in the end of the story. It’s clear, concise, engaging, and can easily help the customer determine whether it’s the right fit for their child or not.

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Tip 5 of 6 Tips for Aspiring Writers

You’ve spent the last few weeks condensing your 100+ page manuscript into a one to two page summary. You have all of the right components and now you are ready to send it off to an agent. Right before you do that, make sure that you get a second opinion. Whether you hire an editor or critiquer, you need to test if your hook immediately grabs their attention.

They will evaluate your hook, summary, and author’s bio. Also, they will alert any minor grammatical or spelling errors. Usually through Track Changes, they will correct the mistakes for you and provide a brief summary at the end which lists some pros and cons for you to focus on.

Now you are ready to revise your query letter and synopsis using the feedback that they gave you. You may need to revise these items up to ten times and possibly even more before it’s ready to send out to agents. Don’t rush this process. It takes time!

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Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

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