Got two minutes? Then check out this week’s quick tip ~ Sharing some articles about writing blurbs and tag lines…
Hello and welcome…I am a freelance editor and an editor for The Wild Rose Press, as well as an author. I often struggle with my own writing, and I have found that sometimes, a little reminder of ways to improve the process can be helpful, so, I like to share these moments of brilliance with others :). But, in this busy world of ours, who has time for pages and pages of writing tips? That’s why I’ve condensed mine down to quick flashes you can read in (approximately) two minutes. Enjoy…
Disclaimer: All of my tips are suggestions, and are only my opinion. And, for the most part, there are exceptions when going against my advice will make your story read better. Take what works, leave the rest.
Today’s post is going to be a bit of a cheat. I have been more crazy busy than usual these past few weeks, so I don’t have anything prepared. However, I am sharing a few links with you regarding writing blurbs and tag lines. I rely on these sites often, and they make something that is normally a torturous chore much easier. SO…without further ado…
This site is just a big long list of movie tag lines. But, reviewing the list helps to see the purpose of a tag line and helps to get my mind zeroed in on the important elements of a good tag line: Impact and brevity.
Movie Taglines from Tagline Guru
On this site, Janalyn Voigt shows how to break down your story in a handful of steps that lead to a great tag line. As a bonus, her steps for breaking down the story are helpful in getting to the crux of your novel, which is sometimes difficult (for me, at least). This site is so helpful, you might come up with too many taglines, which is great, because you can use them as promo teasers.
Live Write Breathe: Cook up a Tantalizing Tagline for your book
And, finally, blurb writing. I have read several articles on this topic, but none have proved to be as thorough and helpful as this one. the author offers advice on blurbs based on genre, and even shows how to shorten them, along with some other handy tips.
How to Write a Blurb (Back Cover Copy) by Marilynn Byerly
Please accept my apologies for my laziness. I hope you found these helpful. Do you have any ‘go to’ articles, about taglines, blurbs, or otherwise, you’d like to share?
Until next time…Happy Writing!
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8 responses to “Tuesday Two-Minute Writing Tip – Writing Back Cover Blurbs and Tag Lines”
Very helpful! Nothing wrong with sharing good articles. Why reinvent the wheel? Thanks for sharing. I’ve bookmarked these for future reference!
Just what I needed! Thanks!
Great references. Thanks.
These are fantastic! Thank you!
I found this most helpful and will share it with my writer’s group. Thanks so much Ali
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I honestly don’t know how you find the time to share as much as you share, Alicia! Thank you! Thank you! 🙂
Great inks…which led to more links, etc. LOL Thanks.
Ahhhh! Love the advice on blurb writing–my biggest downfall once the book is done. Thanks for helpful links.