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I think they are both equally tricky. The blurb is probably my first pick as for me it is the hardest to figure out. The blurb's job is not to tell the story of your book. Its job is to hook the reader, intrigue with key elements of the story (not spoilers), and remove their resistance to clicking buy to sell the book.
When posting the blurb on Amazon, your best bits and the hook are in the first paragraph, which is above the fold, meaning, it the first little bit that shows on the page when they go in to read the blurb. To see more you have to click on read more.
This is an example of a good blurb that made me buy from one of my favorite authors, Darydna Jones. The blurb that is visible when you first click on the book:
The Betwixt Series:A Paranormal Women's Fiction with a bit of class, and a lot of sass, for anyone who feels like age is just a number!
Broken Angel by Sylvia Ney: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29790427-broken-angelLyon's Legacy: Catalyst Chronicles by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13604740-lyon-s-legacy
Thanks for the example of the first paragraph of a blurb. It's a good one.
Wonderful post, Juneta! Darynda is an awesome writer I'm proud to call a friend. She never disappoints.
Hi Juneta! Those are some great blurbs on Amazon. That's usually my first defence. Thanks for the post.
That blurb does cover all the bases.Hopefully we get a new admin!
LOL, okay Nancy Gideon now I'm jealous j/k. That is so cool you can call her friend. I wanna call her friend. I watch any interview I can find about her because she is just great. Inspiring and I awesome storyteller. I have been reading her since the first Charlie Davidson novel. You're welcome Natalie.Yes, there are Joylene, and not that easy to do well either. I guess once you get the knack it gets easier. I hope we do too Alex. Happy Writing and IWSG DAy Everyone,
Keywords are so important.
You're doing double-duty today, Juneta! Great job, but I'd expect no less from you. Thanks.
You're great at what you do. And I find it's SO nice to have someone else write my blurb.
Even without seeing your name, I knew this was your post, Juneta...Paranormal Romance, and all. Thanks for sharing this info...didn't think about SEO words in the first line.
Good point about how to make that first paragraph really good because of Amazon. Those keywords are so important.
Thanks for the example of the first paragraph of a blurb, Alex. While I've been assisted in writing great blurbs/loglines, no one has ever mentioned placing the genre front and center!I love this support group - I always learn something new while I bolster by insecure self...Happy Turkey Day!
Excellent example! I first found Darynda with First Grave on the Right. Also, many of her books are available on Kindle Unlimited, which is a nice perk.
Great post, thank you! Blurbs are tough. (Titles not so much for me ... I usually come up with several I really like and have trouble picking one).
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