Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Art of Writing THE BLURB

I always thought I was pretty good at coming up with the back cover blurb for my books. For This Feels Like Home I came up with this:

The last thing Amber Winfield wants, or needs, is a rodeo cowboy. She never imagined she'd be having a fling with one. Then again, she never imagined she'd meet someone like Jake Hawkins. Soon she comes to realize a one night stand with the sexy cowboy wasn't enough. Despite his dangerous career, Amber finds herself falling for the charming bull rider.

Jake's one goal in life is to ride the pro-circuit, and he won't let anything - or anyone - stand in his way. So why can't he get city gal Amber off of his mind...or out of his heart?

It gives the basic GMC and falls within the 100 to 150 word guideline set by my publisher.

Yesterday I got an e-mail from my editor. Wild Rose now has a blurb committee which reviews blurbs. These ladies really know their stuff. Here's what came back:

Can a danger-addicted cowboy and a safety-conscious urbanite ever see eye-to-eye?

When Chicago native Amber Winfield visits her aunt in Texas, she’s happy to absorb some local color—but dating a bull rider? That’s more cowboy than she’s prepared to go. As an accessibility consultant, she knows too well the hazards of extreme sports. Just one night with Jake Hawkins, though, and she’s captivated by the caring man underneath the cowboy swagger. But she could never fall for a man so intent on chasing danger…could she?

Jake’s got one goal—earn enough points to ride on the pro circuit—and he won’t let anyone stand in his way. Especially not a sophisticated city lady who thinks bull riding is crazy. Women like Amber are the reason he’s perfected the art of loving and leaving. So why can’t he get her off of his mind…or out of his heart?

My first reaction was "WOW!" My second reaction was, "I need to buy these ladies a drink." They really dug into my story (and obviously read either all or part of it). My final reaction was, "Hmn? I still have a lot to learn about this whole writing business, don't I?" And that's really the fun part. Writing of any sort is always a work in progress. I learn something new with each and every project.

So I wrote back to my editor, "WOW! I LOVE it!" She then sent along the approval, which will now allow the cover art process to begin. We're moving right along! How exciting!

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



  1. While I love your original blurb and get an idea of the story from it, the revised one really pops off the page!

  2. I agree with Jen. Your blurb was great, but the other one has a real WOW factor!

  3. I totally agree. The second one really has WOW! Hopefully it will entice people to read the book!

  4. The committee blurb is definitely Wow!!!
    How lucky you have them working for you, Debra!