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How to write a blurb

Published Monday, October 10, 2011.
Last updated: Monday, October 10, 2011

A blurb is the text on back cover of a book. It is a summary of the story. It aims to get the reader interested in buying or reading the book.



What Makes a Good Blurb?

  • They are short in length
  • They use attention-grabbing words and phrases
  • They often use question and exclamation marks
  • They often use three full stops at their ends (an ellipsis) to leave the reader asking questions...

Here are some examples:




Ruby and Garnet are ten-year-old twins. Identical. They do everything together, especially since their mother died three years earlier. But can being a double act work forever? When so much around them is changing...




The hedgehog family of number 5A are a happy bunch but they dream of reaching the Park. Unfortunately, a very busy road lies between them and their goal and no-one has found a way to cross it safely. No-one, that is, until the determined young Max decides to solve the problem once and for all...




There's a new master criminal on the scene, 12-year-old Artemis Fowl. Kidnapping a fairy starts out easy for Artemis, but he soon discovers he's taken captive Captain Holly Short. She's part of an armed and extremely dangerous LEPrecon Unit. Artemis should be able to handle things as long as they play by the rules...

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