Technically, a “synopsis” is the summary you write about your book. A “blurb” is an endorsement usually written by someone else, singing your praises. But, neither here nor there, we know what we’re talking about. We want a short, snappy, sales pitch that makes our book sell. We want a summary that calls to the right readers. We want a description that makes money!
Where to start…
Let’s start with a simple formula:
Plot, Problem, Possibility.
1) What’s the plot of your story? We need a general description of the situation.
2) We need a problem (usually following the plot and proceeded by the word ‘but’ or ‘however’).
3) We need the possibility that our hero may overcome the problem.
Let’s insert a book we all know into this formula. How about Green Eggs and Ham?
Plot: Sam tries to get someone to eat…
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Study Reveals the Elements of Book Descriptions that Sell More Books
Discount eBook newsletter giant Book Bub recently conducted A/B testing for several elements of book descriptions, with the intent of finding out which words sell more books. The testing was conducted by sending two different descriptions of the same book to their newsletter subscribers, and then seeing which description received the most clicks from potential readers. Clicks, in this case, mean interest in a particular book.
The results are revealing – and useful for book descriptions, press releases, blurbs and even book trailers and social media posts about your book. The variables that caused the biggest change in click rates among potential readers who receive the discounted books newsletter are highlighted below.
Book Description Factors That Matter
1. Blurbs Should Quote People, not Publications. Those short quotes on the front of your book (“The Best Beach Read of 2015!”) should be from a…
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