When I started creating my course, to help other Indie / Self Published authors to write an engaging and enticing fiction book blurb, my intent had been to make it easy for authors to tackle that beast. And I truly think I have done that but boy was it a learning curve for me. It truly became so much more than I had thought it would be.
Creating a Course… What I Learned
As authors you know what that’s like right? You jump in to write a novel and then get to a point of wondering if you’ll ever get it finished? Believe me I know that feeling. It becomes a bit overwhelming at times doesn’t it? Thankfully, I think being an author is what really helped me with creating this course… besides the obvious that is. Even though I felt a bit lost and unsure about where I was going at times, I was able to create the course and then edit… and edit… and edit… until it was to a place where I felt it was good.
To create this course I had to go back and really analyze what I did to write my fiction book blurbs. I know that when I decided to self publish I had no idea how to write a book description. What I did know was that I had never been able to write a good synopsis (the tell-all of your story), although I did have a traditional publisher interested in one novel. So I guess it was better than I thought. But the book blurb seemed to be even more of a daunting task.
You want me to do what?
The thought of taking 90,000 words and writing something that wasn’t a summary, wasn’t boring but gave a good indication of what went on in my story, seemed impossible. I strongly disliked having to do a book description. No matter what I wrote I just couldn’t seem to make the thing interesting and
if it was interesting it didn’t seem to have anything to do with the story.
It was truly mind boggling for me for a long time but I finally got fed up and started to analyze what made a fiction book blurb appealing. And then I set out to figure that out for myself. After all I had already published two suspense thrillers and had no plans on stopping, so I had to figure out something. Which I did. I read a lot of book blurbs, which I had done anyway as I read a lot but now I was looking at them differently.
What made them attract my attention? And what turned me off?
What I discovered was that the book blurbs that were action oriented (don’t mistake this for action-packed), focused on the protagonist – who it was, where they had been, where hoping to get to, the struggles they were facing, the major conflict or underlying theme of the story – and the mystery (did the protagonist win or lose), were what grabbed and held my attention. They were the books that I wanted to read. Each book, really had a Set-Up, a Capture and an Intrigue.
This gave me the keys to what I was missing and helped me a lot with being able to write intriguing and engaging fiction book blurbs. It took a while to get there but I did. And I even often got compliments on them. Yay! Other than that I never really thought much more about it. At least, not until I saw and heard from other authors, asking for help. I realized that I hadn’t been the only one who had thought that writing this thing was pure evil.
So I started creating the course. I wrote it out, figured out what I wanted to say, and how to make this as easy a process as possible. I then recorded it. Whew, that was interesting and a lot of work. I thought I was done. But after listening to it, it didn’t seem quite right. I went back to editing and then re-recording. I don’t know about you but I find even in my writing if I look at it in different formats – on paper, on computer screen and in ebook format – it really helps me to look at my story differently. It helps to get me out of the story and look at it as a reader.
What creating the fiction book blurb course, taught me.
It was so cool what I learned. Going through this process – writing, creating and recording – was helping me figure out the exact steps that I needed to teach.
So after several takes and rewrites, I finally had the course where I wanted it to be. I even went through several name changes.
Writing the Catchy Fiction Book Blurb Made Easy
Simplify Writing the Catchy Fiction Book Blurb
and I finally settled on
Mastering the Art of Writing the Catchy Fiction Book Blurb
The choice, really came about from feedback from other authors but I also felt that
it deserved a little flare.
Here is what I finally settled on for the course modules:
- Understanding the Basics
- Getting Started
- What’s Important to Pull from Your Story
- Putting it Together
- Example – start to finish
Within each module are some additional lessons. I tried to keep each video short and will provide the transcripts and worksheets for you to use. My intent is that when you go through the course, that you finish a video do the short exercises, so that when you finish the course, you are finished writing your catchy fiction book blurb. How cool is that?
Do you ever second, third and fourth guess yourself, with something you’ve created?
So I have the course finished but now what to do with it? How do I know if it’s any good? Feeling unsure, I finally sought out some beta testers. I am so incredibly thankful to those authors for taking time out of their busy schedule to not only listen to the whole course but to give me feedback. So while I waited, I sat patiently… okay let’s be honest, I paced. I ate – things I shouldn’t have. I walked… and walked… and walked – great for the heart and helped me use up some time. And I actually did get some writing done.
Then I heard back from the beta testers. What I got was some invaluable feedback. I used what they said and made some changes and additions to the course. One of the things I added was the full beginning to end example of how I use all the steps and then create my intriguing fiction book blurbs.
The great news was that the beta testers loved the course and found so much value in it. All of the beta testers are published authors and have anywhere from one to twenty novels published. So although I had been scared spitless of what they would say to me, I am forever grateful that I was able to overcome my fear and to ask for their opinion. And that I didn’t take it personally when they said they didn’t like something. One of the best things it taught me was that you can’t please everyone.
One beta tester didn’t like one thing while another loved it.
Within the course, there is something for every type of author who has to write their own fiction book blurbs.
The best part? Each author said they learned a lot from my course and that it was great for newbies to experienced authors. Whoohoo!
Within this course I truly tried to take the guess work out and provide a step by step process that will help you determined when, how, why and what to include in your fiction book description. I also give several examples of what makes a book blurb interesting and enticing. You also get a beginning to end example of what I look at and how I write my catchy fiction book blurbs.