Back Cover Text, Book Blurbs, and Other Fun Stuff

Read these suggestions on how to write a book blurb from Lissy at, where she loves words and invites writers to come visit her site and be inspired.

Words, Words, Words

Everyone assumes the hardest part of any journey to publication is finishing
that first draft, but it really just takes time, patience, coffee, therapy,
medication, etc… For me, the hardest part was trying to write a back cover
“blurb.” Yes. A paragraph was harder to write than my short story collection
Humans and Their Creations. The main issue is the daunting question, “How do I
describe all of that hard work in a single paragraph, when the work itself
contains _____+ paragraphs?”

It’s a lot harder than it looks, but with a few tips, tricks, notecards, and
some more medication, you’ll have a back cover blurb all your own… And maybe
even a few new favorite medications, but we’ll cover that another time (I don’t
condone drug use, just by the way. Drugs are bad. Don’t do them. Don’t go pilfering your grandma’s cabinet for her heart pills. Those…

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