Writing a novel isn’t just about writing your story … there’s so many marketing pieces involved, and they can be as difficult to write as your first chapter.
Today I wrote the book blurb for “Goodbye Newsroom” and tried to keep it to less than 100 words.
The blurb is part synopsis, part promotion. When writing it, I tried to maintain a balance of letting the readers know (broadly) what the story is about, while at the same time using some cliffhanger language to entice them to want to know more.
Previously, I’ve written all sorts of synopses, back when I was pitching the “Goodbye Newsroom” manuscript to traditional publishers. Some requested a 300-word synopsis, one of them requested a 100-word synopsis. That was good practice for the blurb and I’m thankful I had that on file.
One of the more famous quotes on writing is: “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time” by Blaise Pascal, mathematician from the 1600s. I know exactly what this means.