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Blurbs: Write a Blurb, Sell Your Book

Looking for a worry-proof query letter template? A step-by-step guide to exactly what to write, down to the word count? Writing the back cover copy or marketing blurb may not feel like something romance writers need to do, but we show you all the reasons you should master writing blurbs. We explain the two types of blurbs, show you where you'll use them (applicable to both indie and traditionally published authors), and provide worry-proof templates tested over time with hundreds of clients and students. Writing your blurb will bring you that much closer to selling your book! We show you how. 

Who should take this course?

  • Aspiring authors
  • Indie, self-pubbed, and traditionally published authors
  • Non-romance writers interested in effective query letter essentials
Does blurb writing feel scary? Terrifying? Do you think writing back cover copy is better left to publishers and marketing professionals? This course explains why authors need to master writing their own marketing blurbs. We provide weak examples and show you step-by-step how to improve them, and deconstruct strong examples so you understand why they work.

We explore how authors can use the blurb to write a worry-proof query letter and we provide our time-tested templates so you know exactly what belongs in your query letter (as well as what does not belong).

Whether you're just thinking through an idea or are ready to submit, it's never too early to write your blurb so you can be ready to sell your book! 
Meet the instructor

Jeanne De Vita

Jeanne De Vita, creator and founder of Romance Writing Academy, is a professional developmental editor, writing instructor, and widely-published romance author.

While editing New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance authors, top-earning indie romance authors, and aspiring romance authors, Jeanne discovered that writers of all skill levels were looking for easy-to-understand instruction on the essentials of writing a romance novel that would immediately impact the words on the page.

Drawing from her years of experience editing tens of millions of words, Jeanne teaches everything from the technical aspects of writing—such as the structure of the romance novel, where/when the first kiss should happen, and how to pace subplot and balance internal and external conflict—to the really fun stuff, like how to write intimacy and chemistry that keeps readers engaged and characters satisfied.

Jeanne lives in Los Angeles and teaches at UCLA Extension, the Ripped Bodice Bookstore, and extensively for writing groups and individuals. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and enthusiastically believes that with support, structure, and guidance, anyone can learn to write their heart out!
Patrick Jones - Course author