You turn to the back of the book and what do you find?
A juicy, exciting excerpt?
A list of enthusiastically juicy comments from reviewers?
A juicy logline to get you interested?
Or A long and boring piece of explanatory prose? (Believe me these do exist)
Lisa Cardo from Writing in the Buff hosts a Friday Book Blurb fest which asks particpants to write their book blurbs in 150 words or less.
- Making them short.
- Using attention-grabbing words and phrases.
- Adding question marks and exclamation marks.
- Leaving the reader with unanswered questions desperate to find out more.
Apparently if you can't sum up your novel in this many words (1-2 sentences) then it needs revising.
So pose yourself these questions:
1. Who is the main character?
2. What is her/his goal?
3. What would happen if she/he didn't meet the goal?
Make sure it has:
2. An adjective about the hero.