Elements of the Book Description

5. A call to action! The last piece of the book description puzzle is your call to action. This is where you say something like: “To find out what happens to Lily and James, purchase this book now!” This is where you are asking your potential readers to purchase your book. Draw them in by giving them the promise of finding out what happens, and then give them a way to buy your book.

How to Write an Effective Book Description

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Elements of the Book Description

But, the fact of the matter is, some authors have a hard time writing their book description because they don’t want to leave any detail out. However, that’s not the “write” mindset; too many details leaves nothing to the imagination and might, in fact, work against you.

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1. Keep it simple – The nitty-gritty details are best left on the pages of your book. Think of your book description as a teaser, or a short movie trailer. The only piece of information that’s necessary is the main plot. The subplots would be nothing more than a distraction that would dilute your book description. Basically, you want to briefly describe the overarching theme of what your book is about without too much detail.

As a writer who has written book descriptions, I hope you enter the book description contest too.
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As a writer who has written book descriptions, I hope you enter the book description contest too.

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Thanks again for sharing your marketing expertise with us. Hey, do you write book descriptions for pay? I bet you could get lots of clients. As you know, we hate writing these.

Here are five key elements to remember when writing your book description:

How To Write Effective Book Descriptions

The last sentences of your book description should build up hype and get readers to beg for more. You can do this by zooming out and tying your book to universal themes that your readers care about.

What tips would you add to the 5 above for writing the best book description ever? Share in the comments.

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If you end up using these tips to write your book description I would love publish the results in a future post—don’t forget to include a link to your book.