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Requesting feedback on book burb - take #2Views: 103
Mar 18, 2006 4:23 pm re: Feedback on book burb - take #2 - by Farrukh
bellascribe Writing the blurb for one's own book is exceedingly hard, which is why, of course, usually it's someone other than the author who does it. It takes a whole different mindset or approach. Farrukh gets at this when he says not to answer the how question at one point. And his second paragraph especially seems spot on. The blurb is entirely different from the actually book's writing, (or even how you might talk about your book to someone else, describing cause and effect) in that you are not concerned with narrative flow as in the book's text, but are aiming to make the writing energetic as possible. So I'd argue for leaving out "Resulting from a lack of oxygen..." or at the very least not beginning this way. (Look to eliminate -ing words.) When finished, the blurb will not sound like your narrative author's voice.

Maybe the first paragraph could go something like this:

Glenda has cerebral palsy. A lack of oxygen at birth meant she would not be able to walk and her speech would be almost impossible to understand. Her parents were advised to institutionalize her. She wouldn't amount to anything, the experts said.

I'm still not sure that's terrific but hopefully gives you some more ideas. The blurb doesn't include a whole lot, as you can see by this whittling away that's gone on through the responses. The actual narrative fills in or gives the story.

Sorry if I've been too didactic, Glenda! One thing that occurs to me is that if the care you're taking with getting the blurb right is any indication of the attention you've paid to the rest of the writing, your book is surely good reading.

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