Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Back Cover Blurb

No one told me how hard this would be--writing a back cover blurb.

A great back cover blurb has the ability to sell a book like the Hot & Fresh Krispy Kreme sign, but a terrible blurb can kill any interest on sight.

So how to strike the balance?

I read a couple of good descriptions/tips, here and here. Then I wrangled my poor friends into reading/making suggestions.

What I ended up with was this:

You don’t want to die? No problem. Death replacement agents die, so you don’t have to—until someone starts picking off replacement agents one by one.
When Jesse Sullivan is attacked and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, it's up to those who love her to prove her innocence—an impossible task given her dark past.

There’s only one way for Jesse to clear her name—catch the killer herself—and she only has so much time before her secrets surface.

But as someone who dies for a living, staying alive is harder than she thinks.

But as I read it, something isn't quite right. I don't know what it is--but it is missing something. 

Any suggestions? I'd love to hear your thoughts on back covers--your own or someone else's.

How important are they, really?
Why do you love/hate writing/reading them?


  1. It's ... polite. It doesn't have the pizzazz you do when you speak or (from what I can recall of the bits of your MS that I've seen) your protagonist's voice. I read the first two sentences of the copy and then (completely unintentionally) found myself skipping down to the rest of the blog post.

  2. I agree Eileen! Thanks for your feedback. I'm working on rewriting it now. Will post again soon. :)