One thing I am really good at is making excuses. And when it comes to this blog I am earning my Masters! Yesterday I spent a lot of time studying how to write a good book description for my book. With just two weeks to submit my book on CreateSpace that needs to be done. But as it got later and later, and my cold started taking over my energy and drive I said to myself, “What the heck I’m done for the day.”
So I am a day late with this but I want to share this great article on writing How to Write a Book Description That Doesn’t Suck. It has a step by step process which I am using. I actually copied parts of it section by section to create a form so I can use it over and over again.
I also found a couple of back copy descriptions of books in my genre and I practiced copying them by hand in a notebook. This is a copy writing technique that I learned when studying copy writing several years ago. You learn my imitation. While you might think just reading something and taking a few notes is enough – if you hand copy text it imprints on the brain in a more powerful way. You pick up the flow, the rhythm, the magic of great writing simply by immersing yourself deeply into it.
And you don’t have to worry that your own writing will not be original. It will be because no matter how much you copy something – your own thoughts, emotions and backgrounds will always add a new flavor. Sort of like cooking. Every recipe takes on a life of its own under every cook. It just happens.
I did not actually complete my book description but I did make a good start. What my goal for yesterday was, was to put up a form page on my book site so that I could direct friends to visit for submitting information to get a review copy of my book. I quickly realized though that I needed to have the book description done first. It always happens that way. Everything has hidden steps that only pop up when you get started with something.