Yes, we hate writing them. Yes, they’re required.
The links on this page take you to posts/articles about writing a book blurb or synopsis. The difference between the two types of summaries is that a blurb is typically for a reader and a synopsis for an editor or agent. Some use the terms interchangeably, so I’ve got links to both here.
Writing your blurb or synopsis will still make your head explode, but maybe reading these articles will give you the feeling that there’s a secret trick to it you can master. There isn’t, but even the illusion of making this hideous exercise in torture easier is a plus.
Five Things Your Book Description Says About You
Four Critical Elements to Make to Your Book’s Description Copy
Gone Fishing: How to Hook Readers with a Better Book Description
How to Create a Back Book Cover that Sells
How to Write a Better Book Description to Sell More Books (Bryan Cohen)
How to Write a Killer Blurb
How to Write a Synopsis
How Writers Can Optimize Their Book’s Description on Amazon
Taking the Fear Out of Writing Book Blurbs
The Anatomy of a Book Blurb & Ebook Description Copy Tips
The Blurbery: Part One
The Blurbery: Part Two
The dreaded synopsis
Tips for Writing a Book Blurb
Writing Blurbs for Novels