The Joy of Blurbing

One of the services I offer is the blurb or book description. It can be very difficult for a writer to look at their own work objectively and compress a description into 300 words or less. While I don’t call myself a blurb expert, I craft them for my own books and I enjoy the challenge!

Each blurb has a different feel depending on genre. For example, here is a YA (young adult) novel blurb I did recently, heavy on character description and challenging circumstances:

For talented twenty-year-old Remi, home is an abandoned hotel in San
Diego. A foster child with a tragic past, her family has become the
two boys she looks after like a mother: six-year-old Benny, who’s
diabetic and in a wheelchair, and young teen Owen, an emotionally
scarred foster-home runaway. The only adult around is Brock, an Irish
army vet with PTSD who lives in the hotel lobby and is their
protector.

Remi works in a diner by day, but sings on street corners and attracts
the attention of Jude, a young music producer with his own troubled
past. Mesmerized by her voice, he offers her a contract. Remi seems
close to achieving her dream of opening a music academy for youth and
keeping her little family together. But in this seedy, dangerous world
where gang members rule the streets, nothing can stay the same for
long.

[Author X’s] latest novel is a bittersweet but optimistic tale of
what it means to be young, powerless, and want more out of life.

evil old haunted house

Hvala’s novel features an evil old house.

Another blurb I did recently has a slightly different feel, as it’s for a paranormal thriller by first-time author Jessica Hvala set in small-town Indiana, with a female MC. For that, I emphasized the quiet location and the creepiness lurking under the facade of normality. I also wanted to convey that the tone of the book was somewhat quirky!

A scatterbrained professional organizer comes up against unexplained
evil in her own quiet neighborhood in this debut paranormal thriller.

Thirty-something Sheryn Maples’s peaceful life with her dog Ginger in
her southern Indiana town is rudely interrupted when she purchases her
first home in a rural neighborhood, close to a grungy old house that
radiates darkness…

At first Sheryn’s life continues normally, with Sunday visits to her
snobby mother to bake goodies, runs with her dog, chats with her
married sister, and dreams of the hunky real estate agent who found
her the home. All thoughts of romance fly out the window, though, when
Sheryn begins to have disturbing episodes where she is visited by what
seems to be the ghost of a pretty young teenager in a pink T-shirt,
who can only wail in distress. The girl soon invades her dreams, and
Sheryn must pluck up the courage to discover what dreadful fate befell
the girl—or what is yet to happen. Aided by friendly local psychic
Randy and a quirky married pair of paranormal investigators, Sheryn
feels like she’s getting close to solving the mystery, and saving a
life.

But will she have the presence of mind to defeat the evil that lurks
just around the corner?

BOOK COVER3 (1)-001 (1)(I’m glad I emphasized evil in the blurb because the cover of Hvala’s just released book, We Are All Ghosts (at left), radiates it!)

I charge a reasonable $45 for this blurb-crafting service, so let me know if you are interested when I work on your project. (I can also blurb a book that I haven’t read if I’m provided with enough detail.)

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Enjoy These Red-Hot Deals!

I rarely post editing specials, but now is the time. I’ve finished writing a book and my funds are a little depleted. So I’m very motivated to work with new clients, especially those who are hesitating about the prices for editing but would like to get a really good, thorough copyedit! These deals will extend into the spring.

Got a Long Book?

For a while I’ve had a hot deal listed on my Rates page: I will edit manuscripts between 70-80K words for $499. Now I’d like to extend that to ALL manuscripts up to 100,000 words. (Sorry, nonfiction is not included because these books take extra time.) Just FYI, the regular price of a 100,000-word edit would be $700.

What’s in Your Budget?

I sometimes have clients ask me for a quote and when I give it to them I can tell that they just can’t stretch that far. It becomes complicated if I don’t know what their budget is. So I’m introducing a sliding-scale plan. I may not be able to take your job if I am busy, but please feel free to tell me what you can afford, and I’ll see if I can help out! Suggested start for the sliding-scale fee is $200 and up. This would be for editing only: I think my rates for proofreading are pretty competitive.

It’s easiest to reach me via the Contact form here. I look forward to hearing from you this spring!

Favorite Genres to Edit

My favorite genres are probably historical fiction and romance, mystery, paranormal romance, thrillers, and books set in England or by English authors. I’m comfortable with editing British English as well as American English. LGBT books very welcome; all heat levels welcome.