This term our class have been busily working on our narrative books so that we can enter into the Mayoral Make-A-Book Competition. This week we looked at writing a blurb to match our story.
What is a blurb?
A blurb is a short summary or description of a book. The blurb does not tell the story: it tells the potential buyer or reader about the story
As a class we discussed why most authors include blurbs at the back of their books.
What is the purpose of a blurb?
A blurb is a great way to promote a book and make a person want to read or even buy it. Without a blurb it can be very hard to find out what a particular book is about without having to read the entire story.
We decided that a blurb is very important part of a book. Like the front cover it needs to capture a readers interest and make people want to read the book you have written. For our class we want to capture the judges interest for the Mayoral Make-A-Book competition so a well written blurb is something we decided we wanted to include on the back cover of our books.
Next we discussed what a well written blurb looks like. We looked at a few examples from different books that we have read before. We noticed that some blurbs were a lot longer than others and each had similar writing techniques to draw the reader into reading their book.
Techniques of writing a good blurb…
- Keeping it short and sweet. You need to draw the reader in quickly and hold their attention. Use key words like ‘secret’, ‘mystery’, ‘betrayal’, ‘revenge’, ‘magic’ to whet a reader’s appetite
- You don’t need to describe the whole plot in the blurb, just give the reader an idea of who the main character or characters are and the main problem they will face in the story. Keep your blurb simple yet interesting.
- The blurb should be written in a similar voice to the book. If it’s a comedy, the blurb needs to reflect this.
- Adding a question in the blurb gets the reading thinking and wondering about your story which may lead to them wanting to find out the answer to your question by reading the book.
Once we did a first draft of our blurbs in our writing books we then edited them and have now begun writing our good copy on a piece of paper that will be the back cover of our books.
Below are some of our blurbs we have written.
Why do you think a blurb is important?
Can you explain one technique or a word you used in your blurb that you think will capture the judges interest?
Is there a blurb from a book that you have read that caught your interest? If so can you type it in your comment.