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Blurbs Sell Books

Oct 3, 2019

Today on the show, Jim and Abigail tackle author-submitted blurbs to rip them to shreds and build them back up, one line at a time. Here are this episode’s read-along selections:


Author: Diane Michaels

Title: Ellen the Harpist

Single. Inept at flirting. But at least she’s got talent and a sense of humor. The problem is, she's often the punch line.

Ellen Blum is pretty good at convincing herself she is an adult. Despite her difficulties, she's proud of the cred she has earned serenading brides down the aisle with her harp. Doesn’t being 27 and paying her rent on time prove she’s a grown-up?

Not so much, according to her personal chorus of critics. Josh, a cute violinist, may share her sense of humor, but when it comes to romantic duets, they’re both out of practice. As she dodges the barbs and petty crimes of her bosses and copes with a family crisis, she feels more like a child than ever. She has her heart set on finding love, silencing her critics, and teaching them — and maybe herself — a new tune. But becoming more than the person described on her business card is even trickier than moving her harp.



Author: Lia Manea

Title: Find That Perfect Gift!: Easy Steps to Quickly Find Great Gifts for Any Occasion

"Are you looking for the perfect gift for your wife? Sick of guessing what she would like or having to rely on expensive gifts? Get your copy now!"



--Abigail's Exercise:

Try to reorder your current blurb. Highlight wants and needs. Highlight conflicts and stakes.



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