Writing Good Book Description So Important
Writing a good book description for your story is so important. The descriptions should be informative enough to give the reader enough information to entice them to read but not too informative to give away major plot points or crucial scene information. Enticing your future readers is an essential skill to master. All very hard but necessary things to do.
Check Your Own Book Descriptions and Author Biographies Online
I am revamping all of my book descriptions as well as my author biography that is posted on my website and all other places around the internet. Every author should take the time to see what has been posted about you and your books if you are using a service to help you do that. You want to make sure they have given an accurate depiction of you and your books. If you do this yourself, which most self-published do, then you want to freshen it up every year. Your loyal readers will appreciate your efforts and you might possibly even gain new readers in the process.
Resources on the Net
There are lots of places on the internet that you can learn the basics and the importance of a good book description but the one I have read recently is on the Write Practice website. It gives the reasons why it is so important and basic steps to practice, practice, and practice some more.
Book Description Writing Tips
1. Keep it short.
Somewhere between 150 and 250 words and no more than three paragraphs. You don’t want to bore people into putting the book down and the fewer words, the less likely you are to put in unnecessary plot points.
2. Write in third person.
It doesn’t matter if the book is written in first person. This isn’t the book itself, it’s an ad.
3. Don’t overdo the language.
You want simple, straightforward terms. No purple prose or verbose writing.
4. Write a hook.
Just like your book needs a hook at the beginning, so does your book description. No one’s going to keep reading the description, let alone the whole book, if the first line is as boring as dry toast. Plus, this is often the only thing an online shopper will see before they’re prompted to click to see more, and you want them to click.
5. Use keywords.
Emotional words, like chilling or passion, work well for both nonfiction and fiction book descriptions. You can Google power words to find some good ones. Don’t overdo it, though!
You’ll also want to consider what people might be Googling that would lead them to your book. This is especially true for nonfiction works.
BOY, OH BOY! Have I got my work cut out for me. Keep checking the website and my book descriptions on Amazon over the next several weeks. I hope to be improving as I go.
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