How To Write A Book Blurb For Your Short Story Collection

How To Write A Book Blurb For Your Short Story Collection


One of the things short story writers dread is writing a blurb for a collection. In this post we tell you how to write a book blurb for your short story collection.

Last week, I blogged about why I wrote and self-published my book Write the Crap Out of It. This week, I’m going to tell you how I wrote the blurb for the book.

How To Write A Book Blurb For Your Short Story Collection

How do you write a book blurb?

The only people who think writing a book is hard are the ones who haven’t tried writing the blurb. Let’s be honest, once you have finished a manuscript you get to pat yourself on the back. You’ve done something not many people have done. You showed up to the page. You dared to call yourself a writer and you wrote, but when faced with a silly thing like a book blurb you apparently can’t write. Not a word. Nada. Not one.

You’d think that being a trained copywriter would stand me in good stead. I should be able to do this with ease. Pitching, selling, and persuading should be my stock in trade. Not so much when I have to sell my own products.

When in doubt, ask Google.

So, I did what I usually do when I’m stuck, I asked Google (See my previous post about the time-stealing power of online writing articles). I googled “How to write a book blurb.”

It directed me towards a site called, I kid you not, Writers Write. Hehe. I just should have started here.

Turns out my friend, Amanda Patterson had already written a lovely post and, as with all things Amanda writes, it works. I used her template and boom: I had a book blurb.

[Read the full post here: How To Write An Irresistible Book Blurb In 5 Easy Steps]

It’s all about the SCOPE apparently.

Setting
Conflict
Objective
Possible Solution
Emotional Promise

Here is my blurb. Can you see how I used SCOPE?

My Blurb

The cursor blinks. The white page waits for your story…and waits and waits and waits and then, at last, it arrives, but so do the questions:
Is it good enough?
Is it long enough? Or short enough?
How do I add setting without adding to the word count?
Should I be showing or telling?
Write The Crap Out Of It and other short story writing advice is an easy-to-use guide to the art of the short story that will help you answer these questions.
It’s for everyone from the novice who wants to write their first short story to the novelist looking for a side project.
This book, based on a series of blog posts written for Writers Write, will get you writing. It includes good writing advice and plenty of writing exercises.

Let’s see how I used SCOPE:

Setting: A white page
Conflict: A writer’s worries
Objective: Learn to write a short story and how to evaluate your own work.
Possible solution: A awesome eBook about writing short stories.
Emotional promise: this book will help you write.

The book is available on AmazonBuy it now.

Added bonus: Besides all the cool stuff you will learn, you can also join the awesome Write the Crap Out of It community. You can post all 27 of your exercises on the site. You post one exercise and comment on four.  Click here for sign-up instructions.

If you have any queries, please mail me at mia@12shortstories.com.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It is one in a series of posts celebrating short stories, our online writing community and the launch of this awesome book. Read all the posts here:

  1. Write The Crap Out Of It And Other Short Story Writing Advice
  2. How To Write A Book Blurb For Your Short Story Collection
  3. Why You Should Do Short Story Writing Exercises
  4. 5 Reasons To Join A Short Story Writing Community
  5. 12 More Reasons To Write Short Stories

 by Mia Botha

Buy Mia’s book on short stores: Write the crap out of it and other short story writing advice

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Top Tip: If you want to learn how to show and not tell, buy  this workbook: How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories. If you’re looking for a course, sign up for Short Cuts.