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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Blurb Magic

Today I had the nagging feeling that something was a little off with my latest novel manuscript. Something needed to be tweaked, shifted, or nudged into the foreground of the story, and I didn't know quite what it was. Grrr, frustrating!

I found the answer by working through one of my favorite resources—the notes from a blurb class I took from Suzanne McMinn. What's a blurb? An endlessly useful marketing tool for your book—as well as a way to hone in on the juiciest parts of your story.

If you get the chance to take a class from Suzanne, do it. And visit the "For Writers" page of her website. She discusses taglines and blurbs in areas 4 and 5. Read, learn, and create!

When my clients are ready to market their books, I urge them to learn Suzanne's blurb method. Clients love the new way they view their manuscripts, and especially the confidence that comes from knowing they can hook the interest of agents and editors. You'll use a great blurb in pitches, synopses, and query letters—and if you're lucky, the back cover of your book.


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