The Mystery of the Flesh-Eating Blurb
The Mystery of the Flesh-Eating Blurb- Presenter: Sorchia DuBois
Authors are a hardy lot. We brave the perils of research and grammar. We laugh in the face of character development and plot twists. We scoff at revisions and critiques. We boldly bear the slings and arrows of the publishing biz without a whimper. Well, we may whimper, but we keep going, girding our bathrobes and pjs about our loins, pausing only for more coffee and maybe some Rice Krispy treats.
So why is it that authors who don’t pale when faced with the task of writing an eighty-five thousand word novel, faint at the mere mention of the back-cover blurb?
Because blurbs are super important—that’s why. Your blurb is your pick-up line and you haven’t had a date in years. Your blurb is the first bite of a dish presented to a food critic, the cork to sniff from your bottle of noveliscious wine, the tires to kick on your bookmobile.
Readers may be drawn to your book by a snazzy cover, but it’s the blurb that snags their interest––or loses it. With millions of new books hitting the market each year, a captivating blurb means the difference between a sale and total disregard.
Theories abound about writing blurbs. In this two-week session, we’ll explore current trends in the industry and discuss what works and what doesn’t. We’ll scour the Internet for good and bad examples and we’ll develop an action list of blurb-writing advice. Finally, we’ll write our own blurbs—or use an existing one. We’ll exchange blurbs and, using a scoring guide based on our list of to-dos, we’ll critique and polish our blurbs until the glare can be seen from space.
By the end of the session, participants will have a peer-reviewed blurb and a handy list of how-tos for their next blurb writing adventure.
About the Presenter, SORCHIA DUBOIS:
Award-winning author Sorchia Dubois lives in the piney forest of the Missouri Ozarks with seven cats, two fish, one dog, and one husband. She enjoys a wee splash of single-malt Scotch from time to time and she spends a number of hours each day tapping out paranormal romance, Gothic murder, and Scottish thrillers.
A proud member of the Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She can often be found at Scottish festivals watching kilted men toss large objects for no apparent reason.
Her stories blend legends, magic, mystery, romance, and adventure into enchanted Celtic knots. Halloween is her favorite time of year (she starts decorating in August and doesn’t take it down until February) and her characters tend to be mouthy, stubborn, and a bit foolhardy. Nothing makes her happier than long conversations in the evening, trips to interesting places, and writing until the wee hours of the morning. Well, chocolate cake makes her pretty happy, too.