Sarah pinneos how to ask for a blurb even when youre intimidated. How to write an effective blurb for a selfpublished book. Sorry for being short today, but i am kind of on the run. Per the blurbers request, i sent off my manuscript and waited for the accolades to roll in. 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. The curious history of book blurbs and why theyre still around. A blurb is the back cover teaser that lures a reader or an agenteditor into wanting to buyread your book. The selfpublishing manual is the first book i recommend to new publishers. If you have a special request you think your publisher might be able to help with, go ahead and askbut be prepared to do most of the blurb hunting on your own.
Jul 05, 2011 blog to book eventually settles into the standard blurb bookmaking software routine, where you can move content, swap around images, play with facing pages, choose numerous layout and text combinations, etc. The 5 core elements of a book blurb and why you should know. A book blurb should be a fair representation of the style of the book. In order to promote a book, the publishers printed a resume on the dust jacket and miss belinda blurb was used to voice the words of the resume. Jan nathan, executive director, publishers marketing association. Its such a feelgood moment to do a service for a fellow author. Nov 14, 20 if you need a few lines of effusive praise for your soontobereleased novel, dont go ringing margaret atwoods doorbell in my head, blurbhunting works exactly like trickortreating. What no one tells you about page proofs, blurb requests and more. Oct 08, 2012 not only did i want to show my thanks, the timing of my gift helped to remind them that a tweet or a facebook share of the book would not go amiss. What happens if my reservation request is declined or expires.
In the last year or so, ive gotten an increasing number of blurb requests for books that are not yet sold to a publisher. I click on the send book to blurb button and sometimes nothing happens. Heres how to navigate the lesserknown steps in the middle of your books publishing processand ensure your success in the days ahead. Chose from several free tools or use adobe indesign or adobe lightroom. In order to book a room, a host unless they happen to have the instant book feature turned on has to manually accept. Find come into my backyard by roslyn host at blurb books.
Once upon a time, a soul called racing song was taken over by its host body. How margaret atwood declines blurb requests mobylives. Many authors write the book blurb as an afterthought. A blurb is a short promotional piece accompanying a piece of creative work. Blurbs are testimonials about your book from a published expert in the field who. If you go to the n website and search for raymond johns you can see he hasnt published a book since nov, 2016.
Discover special blurb promo codes through giving assistant, a great place to find blurb coupons and fabulous promotions. Once youve taken in all of the above and gotten a feel for the promise you want to make to the reader, use the outlines below to write your book cover blurb. Margaret atwood declines blurb requests with the ode to no ew. Reviewing our example will help you write your own book cover quote requestbut dont copy this sample letter word for word. Sell your book in the blurb bookstore, through amazon, or in the global retail network of over 38,000 retailers, libraries, and schools. Theres always something new, so check back often, especially around the holidays. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. In my mind, i would hitch a ride on the coattails of the. How to plan a blood drive red cross blood services. Established writers like margaret atwood are asked constantly by publishing houses to submit blurbs for other peoples books. I found the host to be several hundred pages too long. Create, print, and sell professionalquality photo books blurb. Forget the book, have you read this irresistible story on blurbs. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on them and make a purchase, i will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.
The visit request is to allow a wwoofer to use the hosts availability. The host by stephenie meyer book club discussion questions. 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. Other times, i will get progress bar in upper left that says uploading to blurb. It may be written by the author or publisher or quote praise from others.
Bestselling authors are inundated with blurb requests and have little to gain from doing them. They can share with you how many units were collected relative to your goal. Writing a book blurb is harder than you think, and is an excellent way of getting yourself noticed. The soul we implant today deserves more respect than to have her host body gawked at this way. I noticed a new host measurement that tracks the percentage of reservations you. Download and read online for free the host by stephenie meyer. Allow hosts the option to book their calendar when accepting requests.
When your book is finished, you can also now publish it directly to amazon and sell your book to the masses. November 5, 20 how margaret atwood declines blurb requests by kirsten reach. Shell already have far too much to deal with as she acclimates. My primary objective to to upload a 188 page book, but ive also tried a 12 page 7x7 in soft cover book and i get the same. Jul 19, 20 the blurb of your book is the second thing a potential reader will look at after the coverso take the time to get it right. Create, print, and sell professionalquality photo books, magazines, trade books, and ebooks with blurb. Get started making an ebook with blurbs ebook creator. If you have books that were started in either blurb booksmart or blurb bookify, you and easily import them into blurb bookwright. As a writer requesting blurbs, lalami says the idea is to find an. In order to book a room, a host unless they happen to have the instant. When malcolm gladwell was asked to write a blurb for the 2005 book freakonomics, he did not explain that it explored the dynamics of the ku klux klan or the impact of naming a child. In order to book a room, a host unless they happen to have the instant book feature turned on.
The host is a science fiction romance novel by stephenie meyer. Blurbs were originally printed on the back or rear dustjacket of a book, and are now found on web portals and news websites. Oct 04, 20 an easytofollow, practical guide to writing the best blurb to sell your selfpublished book, provided by ya author sarah juckes of completelynovel. You have one shot at introducing your story to your reader make it count. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. Sell one copy at a time and let blurb fulfill the orders or place a large order and sell inperson. The final books were printed and delivered very quickly and they look amazing. This book would have been so much better with much less. Margaret atwood retired from the business of writing blurbs one of the ugly things we must do as editors is conjure up some supportive words for the back jacket of our books, hoping to attract readers attention. An easytofollow, practical guide to writing the best blurb to sell your selfpublished book, provided by ya author sarah juckes of completelynovel. How to score a blurb for your new book alice osborn.
If your reservation request is declined by the host or expires, meaning the host didnt respond within 24 hours, no charge is made for the reservation and youre free to book with another host. Your book blurb aka online description, like your dating profile, has to be engaging and alluring to attract passersby. Easily design and share an ebook for amazon kindle fire, apple ipad, android, and mac or pc computers. Importing existing booksmart or bookify projects help center. What is the best way for wwoofers to contact hosts to arrange a. The imprint may be found on the spine or page of the book. It started when racing song took on the bodys host name, kevin.
Mar 09, 2012 the blurb should tie the endorsers background to the book. What happens if my reservation request is declined or. The book took a long time to get a stride, but there were some very interesting parts from the middle to the end. Malcolm gladwell hands out book blurbs like santa does. See also carolyn roybornsteins when the blurb is on the other foot. A short story to aid the teaching of english as a second language esl, focusing on colours in nature. It ended when the host tried to cut the soul from its body.
Reviewing our example will help you write your own book cover quote request but dont copy this sample letter word for word. How to get awesome book cover blurbs build book buzz. The perils of the presale, prepitch blurb request chuck. The host by stephenie meyer at the best online ebook storage. Get your drive results from your red cross representative. So there are 1,000 photos id have to skim through while also looking back at my blog posts to see which photos go to which post. The blurb team were so responsive and helpful and quickly solved the issues i was having.
How to get awesome book cover blurbs posted on february 26, 2020 by sandra beckwith 21 comments affiliate disclosure. The host book is fantastic and a great book to read. Oct 16, 2014 writing the blurb for your selfpublished book is one of the privileges of being an indie author. You have a zillion other things to do besides book an airbnb. Nov 19, 2015 early blurbs can be key, but you need to remember that its a numbers game. Please remember what it felt like to ask an author and deliver your blurb in a timely way. I wanted to print a photo book with blurb for a long time, and finally ordered my first blurb photo book in june 2014. Either the name or the title must be recognizable to the.
Come into my backyard by roslyn host blurb books australia. Good characters, great plot, nice world building ladaladalada. Daphne uvillers to ask for a blurb is to feel like a turd. I cannot accept unsolicited materials, but i thank you for wanting to share your work with me. Either way, what i wanted to say is that even if you disliked twilight, dont give up on the host. Reasons to import existing booksmart or bookify projects into bookwright.
Prominent writers can receive large volumes of blurb requests from aspiring authors. A sample letter for writers requesting a book endorsement. Some of the character conversations were more for a younger audience yet this book was written for adult readers. Theyre done, in that the author has completed a draft of some iteration, and gotten an agent with that draft. Kevin is perfectly normal aside from the fact that he kept the name kevin 3. Each testimonial must be signed with a name and a title. Blurbs were originally printed on the back or rear dustjacket of a book, and. Before you write a letter to an author requesting a quote, endorsement, or blurb for your book, take a look at our sample letter shown below. How to write a killer blurb that convinces readers to buy your book the book blurb is your sales pitch. Because a girl called miss blurb first read a short intro to books in the early 1900s the name was dropped and blurb remained. When i was looking to get blurbs for my first book, i had asked, lets say, twenty people, ten agreed, and out of those ten, only about five of them were able to actually deliver the blurbs in a timely mannerthat could be though because we were on a time crunch and i didnt start soon enough. The great canadian woman of letters recently made the news because of her poetic refusal to the host of blurb requests she receives. In order to book a room, a host unless they happen to have the instant book. The book is about earth, in a post apocalyptic time, being invaded by a parasitic alien race, known as souls, and follows one souls predicament when the consciousness of her human host refuses to give up her body.1035 828 1322 819 1226 1140 1188 560 1557 188 4 1417 301 1296 169 111 1191 717 272 645 1042 126 1136 1543 538 249 645 1107 1414 1548 249 804 501 814 1498 254 721 682 847 1308 242 854 1137