Reading other’s bad reviews helps me

Sometimes I like to read bad book reviews so I know what people hate about a particular story. Is it the characterisation, verisimilitude, basic sentence structure? Then I imagine that my books are getting these reviews and it prompts me to work harder so I don’t end up creating such a mess. I would be so embarrassed to have spent so much time on a story and publish it only for it to be completely shit.

Finally got the Feet or Fins blurb right

It took me forever to come up with an appropriate blurb for my first novel but I think I’ve finally written one that conveys the story perfectly. Others had simply told what happens in the story, but this one has an allure that all blurbs need. Without knowing it I managed to write a passage of text that had the basic elements of what a blurb needs without spoiling the story.

I did this by simply dot pointing the important or significant elements of what went on in the story. Then I wrote about them in relation to the main character and the events that affect/surround her. Somehow I managed to do this in one sitting and under half an hour too 🙂

It wasn’t until I wrote this blog explaining my process that I began to understand the intricacies needed for such a task.

In a nutshell this is what you need to write a blurb:

  • Allure – you have to entice your readers. Give them something that sparks their interest or secures their interest (especially if they’re looking for a genre specific book).
  • Character(s) – mention them so the readers know to focus on them.
  • Events or stakes – this is in relation to what happens to the characters and how the the story progresses (readers need to be able to identify with characters so they feel something and therefore continue reading).

You have to make these entwine with each other so you can make your blurb effective.

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