IWSG November, 2021: Book Title or Blurb?
This post was written for the Insecure Writer's Support Group monthly blogging event created by author Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery! Be sure to visit each cohost and Alex.
Now to the optional question: What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?
Currently, my life is a bit crazy, so this will be brief. I’m unofficially writing with the NaNoWriMo again. I’m also checking in with my daughter’s house and cat daily (nearly 40 miles away) because painters are painting all but one room of her house. Most important, we are grieving the passing of my brother. We're still in shock.
Titles or Blurbs?
Titles are a feel good for me, but blurbs need to get it right. I’ve never passed up a book (as a reader) because of a title or cover, however, if the blurb doesn’t grab me, then I’m out.
Lately, I’ve been studying story blurbs on books both read and unread by me. It’s a good exercise to see what speaks to the storyline and me.
Which is hardest for me? I think writing the blurb is the most difficult.
Here’s a great article on writing a blurb and with examples at Reedsy: How to Write a Book Blurb: A Guide for Novelists
Another article on choosing a title: How to Research and Find Great Book Titles for Your New Book
Have a great day and tell your family and friends that you love them.