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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great day! I’m doing super fantastic and I’m confident that I don’t need to say why. 🙂 I want to go over blurbs or synopsis’s. I will admit, this is my own personal advice and I’ve not done very many but I think I developed a pretty great one for my first book. (I only know this because several people have told me so.) I want to help you in making a really great one as well.
- Look up other blurbs. I always think this is such an obvious statement, but it’s seriously the best way to know exactly what you’re looking for. Of course, every book you pick up is not going to be the best blurb ever, but I’m thinking most of them will be decent. Look especially at Best Seller titles. There is a reason it’s a best seller. Sure, it might be because of the actual content inside, but that great content would reflect in the blurb, too.
- Keep it simple. Or, Keep it simple, stupid. (kiss) As Michael Scott would say. Blurbs are supposed to be short little hooks to catch the reader QUICKLY. You want to avoid at all costs explaining unnecessary things that the reader won’t really care about at this point. Example: Timothy may be the only one to defeat the large ice breathing dragon who killed his family of five all those years ago after the long war of the elves. This is not the best example, but you get my point. Too many pointless details. If you fill the blurb with too many “extra” words, the reader will get turned off from it and look at something shorter, exciting and to the point.
- Not a summary. This kinda ties in with 2, but you want to avoid making this a section where you just sum it up like a book report. This is anything but a summary. If it sounds at all like you’re explaining things about the story, take it out. The reader wants to know what to expect from the story, not about the story itself, if that makes sense.
- Choose your words wisely. Since blurbs should be short and sweet, the words really matter. I found this website that has lists of really powerful words that will dramatically change the tone of your blurb, and help to hook readers. Also watching grammatical errors like using passive words such as “Was” “Had” can really take the reader out.
- Using the MC’s name. Now, I don’t know if this is absolutely necessary… But I think it helps. Making the main characters name mysterious and unknown is just silly and cliche in my opinion. My first blurb, I remember I put “A mysterious woman…” in the first sentence. This just wasn’t true, and this also makes it feel like it was a mystery novel or something.
Just for fun, this was one of the first blurbs I had:
A mysterious woman who has to deal with her past while finding herself on a journey to save her species that have become a new science experiment for the National Fliers Association (NFA) to get ordinary people to fly. She may be the only one to stop them if she can survive her terrible past and learn to love and trust those she runs into along the way.
Eeeessshhh… I hope I don’t need to explain what was wrong with this. Other than the fact it was a measly 2 sentences long. I know I said be short, but this is not the way to do it. So just for comparison, this is the final blurb:
As descendants of fairies, fliers were an old, forgotten species who appear human but could fly without wings. They lived peacefully amongst humans for several decades until a secret government agency developed new technology that allowed experimentation on fliers and discovered how to make ordinary people fly. Not sitting back and accepting the news, Sydona Wilder and her fairy Raoul, set out to find the agency and put a stop to the capture of the rare species. But Sydona will have to fight her own battles of facing her dark past and learning how to trust people again.
I hope this helps you in making the best hook for your readers! Let me know in the comments your suggestions and advice! ##
You might say that writing the beginning of anything is the hardest part of the story. I don’t understand why people say this. Why is it hard to start something? If you already have an idea in your head, just write it out. It’s bound to click what sentence is the best sentence to start with. For me; it’s the ending.
I have written my ending a good 8 different ways now. I have never truly been satisfied with it, if I’m honest. When I first starting writing Fliers, I never thought of it being finished, even more, being more than just one book. The first run through of it, I ended it as a cliff hanger. It was a really stupid, cheesy ending. And from then on, I changed it 7 more times. I’ve come to the conclusion that endings have two possibilities.
- Cliffhangers: Writing a cliff hanger is quite possibly the easiest thing a writer can do. Why? Well, because, you’re never really ending your story. You’re leaving it up to the readers imagination of what may be happening after everything. Don’t get me wrong, there are fantastic books that leave you on cliffhangers, basically teasing you to buy their next book. There is nothing wrong with this. However, it does become wrong if you do this for every single book you’ve ever written. It’s an easy way out to just stop writing the book because you’ve run out of ideas. (let’s face it) The way I wanted mine to end when I first started, was to have an ending of where it could end, if I wanted it too; or it could continue. It could go either way. There are loose ends to tie up, yes. But depending on how you write it, it COULD actually end there. In retrospect, I think THIS is the laziest route. …Oh well.
- Good or Bad: This is an area I struggle with. 6 out of 8 endings I have, have ended badly. And what I mean, is there is something REALLY bad that happens. Basically, helping with the cliff hanger portion. But, bad endings can sometimes be overly dramatic and, like I said earlier, cheesy. I tried my last ending on more of a good note, and pleasant scene to picture. It was also just after a really big battle and thought it would be nice to end something on a somewhat postive note. I had to get rid of my enter last chapter too, because it just seemed boring. Good endings can also be boring too, but only if you do it poorly. Summing up anything, books, papers, or a speech can be daunting, because you want to do it exactly right and leave them with the perfect words. Those will be the last words ever, in that story. It’s challenging. But possible.
Update on what’s going on with me: I almost have my cover done! (yay!) And I think I may have a new editor, who was a beta reader of mine and finished it. She was the most helpful of all of my beta readers (for the second round) and I talk to her periodically on Facebook. She is so great and extremely helpful, she even went as far as suggesting ways to publish my book and telling me how she did hers. Even without getting a first draft of editing, I already have more faith than the last editor I picked out. I’m so excited because I know SHE’S excited and wants it to do really well! The only thing is, with this new editor, I may not have my book ready by March. But we’ll see! Oh, and one more thing. I am thinking of doing a subtitle for my book. If you can help me think of one, let me know. It’s not something I HAVE to have, but thought it would be fun. Especially if I am writing more than one in the series. I am coming up with like, nothing. So, literally, anything you can think of, let me know!! Lol ##