How to Write an Effective Book Description
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.
I'm not sure how it is for most booksellers, but one of the most tiring and least interesting bookselling activities for me is writing book descriptions. Fixed-price descriptions are bad enough; auction descriptions, which by necessity are more detailed, are worse. There have been times when I've put off selling a book because I dreaded having to write a description for it. The problem is that so much of the description is typically focused on condition and publication data - two inherently dull topics - and describing contents, the part that offers at least some hope of being interesting (but at times isn't), can be difficult to do quickly and well.Hey! I just wanted to say thanks! This article is super helpful and to the point. I’m making my very first ever book description for Amazon, and you’ve helped me greatly. Thanks also to the other commenters! Best wishes to all authors! I wrote my own book descriptions. My strategy was to create something like I would imagine an elevator pitch for a film to be. I kept it short, simple, and only focused on the key elements of the story.In the end, book descriptions offer a creative synopsis for wonderful works of literature. They play an integral part in capturing a reader’s attention and offer valuable information about the text. Without searching for Oz book descriptions, I never would have stumbled upon Chauvel’s and Fernandez’s beautiful work. To be sure, the importance of book descriptions cannot be overlooked.Catch your attention yet? A book description has the power to capture the imagination and lure the reader into a magical world. Not only does Chauvel and Fernandez’s new adaption bring to life our favorite characters, it also revitalizes the world of Oz by being illustrated in graphic novel style:I wrote my own book descriptions. My strategy was to create something like I would imagine an elevator pitch for a film to be. I kept it short, simple, and only focused on the key elements of the story.