an example of what makes a fiction book blurb compelling

 

The fiction book blurb is a key component to getting readers to open your novel and read it. But have you ever thought what really needs to go into a fiction book blurb?

There are so many moving parts to a story – the protagonist, the antagonist, the secondary characters, all the other characters, the events, the backstory, the kickstart, the climax, the ending and all that happens in between. That’s a lot of information to sift through but then there should be shouldn’t there? After all, you just wrote 60,000, 90,000, 105,000 words to introduce us to all of that.

So where to start?

There are really three key elements that are the basis for the fiction book blurb:

The Setup

The Capture

The Intrigue

That doesn’t sound too bad does it? But going through all of your story and figuring out what to use can be overwhelming.

An Example of What Makes a Fiction Book Blurb Compelling.

in-this-life-terri-herman-ponceThis is a well written fiction book blurb that uses Setup, Capture & Intrigue. This is Terri Herman-Ponce’s (author of 3 published novels) book – In This Life: Book 1 of the Past Life Series.

When psychologist Lottie Morgan meets Galen, their encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening. Something about him is familiar. His looks. His words. His touch.

Lottie can’t resist the urge to know more about him, or the smoldering memories that surface every time he’s near. Only Galen’s keeping a dangerous secret, one linked to a life shared thousands of years ago. One that could destroy the relationship Lottie has with her current lover David.

One that is about to cost Lottie her life. Again.

This is an intriguing fiction book blurb isn’t it? If you’re like me, it grabs your attention and makes you want to pick it up and read it. So what makes it work?

 

The Setup

When Psychologist Lottie Morgan meets Galen, their encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening. Something about him is familiar. His looks. His words. His touch.

This gives you a good sense of what type of story it is and the underlying theme/problem/issue that the protagonist is up against. You already get a sense that something is off for the protagonist – does she really know him? And why can’t she remember?

The Capture

Lottie can’t resist the urge to know more about him, or the smoldering memories that surface every time he’s near. Only Galen’s keeping a dangerous secret, one linked to a life shared thousands of years ago. One that could destroy the relationship Lottie has with her current lover David.

What do we learn about the story:

Who the protagonist is: Psychologist – Lottie Morgan.
Problems/issues: for some reason Lottie is sure she knows Galen but not why and is having issues with the memories she is having, especially because she is in a relationship. We also learn they do have a long time connection – 1000 years.
Hope: Lottie needs to solve why she is having these smoldering memories and who Galen is to her.

Now we can connect with the main character and feel her struggles and her hope of solving this dilemma.

The Intrigue

One that is about to cost Lottie her life. Again.

This grabs the mystery of where the story is going. I think this line is great. It pulls the reader in because right away, you want to know, ‘what do you mean, again’. It’s a simple line but intrigues you to find out what happened that she could die a second time. What happened the first time?

The fiction book blurb is really meant to entice and tease the reader to open the pages of your story. Keep your focus on the setup, the capture and the intrigue and you’ll find it much easier to write a compelling and interesting fiction book blurb.

To learn more, join me on my free webinar, 5 Steps to a Compelling and Interesting Fiction Book Blurb on November 10th. 3:30 p.m. Click here for more information. The best way to stay informed and get more tips is to sign up for my free ebook: 3 Keys to Creating a Compelling & Interesting Fiction Book Blurb

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