A book blurb should be a fair representation of the style of the book. Think of the book blurb not as an annoying step between you and selfpublishing, but instead as an opportunity. Then, write 12 additional sentences that explain the plot of the story in a general way. Youre in the departure lounge, en route to paradise, but. However, this task typically comes just when youre at your least able. The blurb about a new book, film, or exhibition is information about it that is written. Thanks to dale ward and the rest of the tech guys at the seminary for making the video. This means if you know what genre your book is, you can follow a pretty standard template for writing your book blurb and yes i know this is easier said than done, but if everything was as easy as it should be, brexit would be last week, climate change deniers would. The pointless book is an addition to the youtube channel of vlogger, alfie deyes. His definition of blurb is a flamboyant advertisement. In october of 2007, the company introduced features that let users collaboratively create books and share photos.
Dan poynter, known as the godfather of selfpublishing and author of the selfpublishing manual, the selfpublishing encyclopedia, is there a book inside you. This description, which is always full of praise for both author and the book, is called a blurb. The photos in the book were great i give my highest recommendation. Abstract the purpose of this paper is to present a preliminary approach to the study of blurbs, brief texts traditionally displayed on bookcovers, and nowadays also on the internet, which provide. Blurbs are the second most important selling tool you have for your book, so. Im quite traditional, i want characters, a setting and a plot. Author sally rippin has written a range of books for kids and teen.
Antonyms for blurb include hiding, details, substance, thesis, body, crux, specifics, detail, heart and particulars. Full of random things to do from origami and passing the book to a stranger and having them draw you, to making paper aeroplanes and baking a cake in a mug. Its safe to say that a wellwritten blurb is absolutely essential to your poetry books overall success and reputation. All you have to do is provide me with some information and i will write one undeniably catchy blurb. The blurb says that this is tarantinos greatest movie. How to write a blurb definition, examples, and more. Publishers summary and recommendation of a book, printed usually on the front flap of the books dust jacket, or in an advertisement or catalog. Change your default dictionary to american english. Its the perennial question of whether the blurbs on book covers are still meaningful or have become just background noise. How to write a book blurb part 3 tara sparling writes. The pointless book by none other than one of my favourite youtubers himself, alfie deyes. Here, for the confused, is the observers guide to what that blurb really means.
Blurbs were originally printed on the back or rear dustjacket of a book, and are now found on web portals and news websites. Alfie invites you to join his online following as he challenges you to complete your journal of pointlessness and do virtually nothing with pride. Brought to you by youtube vlogger alfie deyes, the pointless book, accompanied by the free. A blurb is just a short written peice about something. Usually its in reference to a newspaper article that briefly mentions a barely newsworthy item. Writing the blurb for your selfpublished book is one of the privileges of being an indie author.
Definition of blurb written for english language learners from the merriamwebster learners dictionary with audio pronunciations, usage examples, and countnoncount noun labels. I wanted to print a photo book with blurb for a long time, and finally ordered my first blurb photo book in june 2014. This is an activity book for adults, fully illustrated and packed with a host of games, activities and pranks. The book contains pointless tasks such as baking a cake of mud or creating a time capsule and contains interactive features. Make sure you supply me with a general synopsis as well. Blurbed definition of blurbed by the free dictionary. A blurb is the back cover teaser that lures a reader or an agenteditor into wanting to buyread your book. If youd like for me to read the entire book instead of just. Types of blurb books you can sell on amazon help center.
Dont worry, in this article, well walk you through the important points to keep in mind while writing your book s blurb, as well as give you a simple blurb template that sells and some bestseller examples for different genres. If you have a 5x8, 6x9, or 8x10 trade book that youve created with bookwright, the blurb plugin for adobe indesign, or our pdf to book workflow, you can list it on amazon via our global retail network option. Her latest, chenxi and the foreigner, was published this year. In sextons blurb, one cant help but hear an additional echo of plaths the blood jet is poetry.
Once your title and cover have drawn the reader in, the blurb is what is going to make the difference between a missed opportunity and a sale. Trade books can be sold on amazon through the global retail network. Focus on the most important aspects, but dont give away any twists or surprises. The book came in the united parcel service ups very quickly on friday, 17 january 2020. Heres a stepbystep guide to selling your trade book on amazon. When you need to write a blurb for a movie, book, or other project, start by writing a clever and catchy hook that introduces some of the characters and setting of the topic. Blurb noun definition and synonyms macmillan dictionary. Sometimes coming up with the right words for a book blurb can be more stressful than writing the ebook itself. Writing a book blurb is harder than you think, and is an excellent way of getting yourself noticed. How to write a book blurb that sells with examples reedsy blog. Thanks also to rod horton for reading robert frosts poem birches at our bible study that morning. Forget the book, have you read this irresistible story on blurbs. Find pomes what i have done wroted by jayechristopher at blurb books.
Blurb definition for englishlanguage learners from. The occult art of the poetry book blurb rachael mead. A blurb is a short promotional piece accompanying a piece of creative work. The pointless book is a 2014 activity book by british vlogger, youtuber and presenter alfie deyes background. The storyline is crazy, with tonnes of twists and turns, big betrayals, great action parts and some huge plans to do with the story. Blurbs%20fail%20me%20%7c%20fiction%20%7c%20the%20guardian. Your blurb can usually be used as your pitch in your query letter or when you are doing an actual facetoface pitch session with an agenteditor.
Malcolm gladwell hands out book blurbs like santa does. Blurb definition and meaning collins english dictionary. Blurb definition, a brief advertisement or announcement, especially a laudatory one. From cambridge english corpus their synergy with other paratextual elements blurb, preface and dedication should be explored. Many authors write the book blurb as an afterthought. For me, its all about the book blurbthat twoparagraph snippet on the.
Blurb blurb is a creative platform and community that enables and encourages people to make books of the things they love. On taking up writing it had not once occurred to me that one of the tasks of being a writer might be to come up with those concise, quippy phrases on the covers of books. Armed with my trusty pens and sharpies i own no felts or pencil crayons i cracked the spine literally and began with the defacing. No book of this brevity can live up to all the claims of its blurb. Chuck arand from concordia seminary for making time to talk about my book. The intention is the same as a book blurb to pique the potential bossclients attention. Information and translations of blurb in the most comprehensive dictionary definitions resource on the web. Gladwells blurb from michael lewiss 2014 best seller, flash boys, saying he almost picked up the book after seeing mr. A blurb is the book description you find on the back of a book or online to describe a books contents. But dont be fooled by the title its not so pointless.
Synonyms antonyms definitions examples parts of speech. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your. The pointless book is a 2014 activity book by british vlogger, youtuber and presenter alfie deyes. Blurb definition is a short publicity notice as on a book jacket. Writing to ask for a blurb was embarrassing, but ultimately composing a love letter to a favorite writer is kind of fun what was tough was sending several reminders. This is a novel not likely to raise a smile even from the authors oldest friend. We live in a world filled with cruelty, indifference, and pointless suffe. You know, the ones that readers use to choose the book they want to read next or throw on the pile beside the bed where, among the. You have one shot at introducing your story to your reader make it count. Blurb authors get to keep 100% of the books markup. It sort of had everything you need for a great book. So now that we have our basic definition out of the way, lets roll up our sleeves and get to work. When we pick up any book, the first thing we normally look at is the back cover.
By day, clumsy panda po works faithfully in his familys noodle shop, but by night he dreams of becoming a true master of the martial arts. The word blurb, meaning a short description of a book, film, or other product written for promotional purposes, was coined by burgess in 1907, in attributing the cover copy of his book, are you a bromide. Over the past few weeks ive been revisiting a series on book blurbs, and specifically, how they generally follow genre rules. Buy the pointless book 3 pointless book series by deyes, alfie isbn. It matters not only what a blurb actually says but who said it and when. Kinnells landmark the book of nightmares was published in 1971. How to write a blurb definition, examples, and more blurb blog. It may be written by the author or publisher or quote praise from others.
When writing a novel, there are few selling tools as important as a solidly written book blurb. Most run several paragraphs, but some publishers want them shorter or in a special format so be sure to check with your publishers guidelines before you begin work. Top synonym for blurb another word for blurb is advertisement. Blurbs that bore, blurbs that blare writers helping writers.183 350 1304 292 1070 242 1077 787 63 1259 178 800 912 207 1182 1194 585 809 1440 1553 289 480 1142 397 101 1175 49 1013 916 83 1084 452 358 193 992 770 261 510 760 802 1361 3 946 368