Are you a publisher with a backlist (or upcoming roster) of titles that need blurb overhauls, or want help with crafting series blurbs or high concept blurbs for promotion?
Your back cover blurb can make or break sales given that it's one of the first glimpses of the story. Many readers buy based on an intriguing back cover blurb that convinces them they absolutely have to read the story inside the pages--or they simply set the book down without ever opening it. Additionally, a powerful series blurb can sell not just one book but all of them in that set!
Let the author of the definitive guide to writing blurbs, WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL!, and the genre-diverse, multi-award-winning writer of over 135 titles, including 19 series, do the work in crafting a back cover or series blurb that may help sell your books to publishers and readers alike. You may know Karen Wiesner from her writing reference titles such as the bestselling FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS as well as BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity, WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas, and COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. She’s also the author of the ground-breaking new book WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL!, available now from Writers Exchange E-Publishing. Her new writing reference, available now, is titled CPR FOR DEAD OR LIFELESS FICTION: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships soon. Karen’s fiction titles cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense/thriller, paranormal/supernatural, futuristic, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, inspirational/Christian, thriller, horror, chick-lit, and action/adventure. She also writes children’s books and poetry.
Karen has crafted back cover and high concept blurbs for all of her own books and series as well as those for the stories in several award-winning anthologies, and evaluated, revised and crafted series, back cover and high concept blurbs for the entire backlist of nearly five hundred books in one publisher's catalog.
For Authors: If interested in having a back cover or series blurb created or revised for your books or series, email KarensBlurbService@gmail.com. You'll fill out a short, one-page form with your book (and/or series) information that can be downloaded here and sent back to Karen via email. **If a story or series blurb in any form or length has been written previously, please include any or all with this completed form, as well as sending any other information that could help in crafting or revising.** Based on the information you provide, a preliminary blurb will be crafted/revised by Karen. Once Karen has had your feedback, the blurb will be reworked accordingly. Comes with a bonus 75-words-or-less (maximum length is 75 words) blurb based on the finalized back cover blurb Karen wrote that can be used for promotion.
For Publishers: If interested in a quote on having a backlist of titles that need blurb overhauls or want help with crafting series and/or high concept blurbs, email KarensBlurbService@gmail.com.
$50 to craft or revise one individual back cover blurb or one series blurb; back cover blurb comes with a bonus 75 word (max) version of the original blurb Karen writes that can be used for promotional efforts
For Publishers: Email for quote and details.
Fast, quality service at low cost.
Note: Electronic payments can be made via PayPal. Karen will invoice you directly from there once the services you request are agreed upon. Please be aware that there's a $5 standard transaction fee for orders up to $99.99 when paying electronically ($10 for amounts $100 or over with a $5 increase for every $50 thereafter). Final cost of service must be agreed upon by both parties prior to Karen invoicing you from PayPal. The amount due for service must be paid in full, in USA dollar equivalent. For those in the USA, check or money order is also acceptable. Contact Karen for details. Please note that the amount due for this service must be paid in full in advance in USA dollar equivalent. No work will be done by Karen until payment is received and cleared. A signed contract is mandatory before work can begin. Please ensure you're available during the time Karen is crafting your blurb. A commitment to focusing on the blurb while it's being written, revised, and finalized is required for both Karen and the client.
Author Testimony: “I know how important blurbs are and do find them challenging to write. That's why, when it came time to redo the front and back matter on my backlist, I asked Karen for help. She's fast, efficient and 'gets' what I was trying to say. And she's fast! At this point, she's reworked close to 100 blurbs for me in many genres. I'm so glad I found her.” ~Dale Mayer, USA Today Bestselling Author
Author Testimony: "It’s hard to encapsulate in a few lines all of what Karen Wiesner has to offer writers. She created Jewels of the Quill, a writers’ marketing cooperative, spearheading several anthology collections from the group, organizing our ads and marketing, and maintaining the website that featured our individual accomplishments from new releases to awards. Being a member of this group for years, I was and still am eternally grateful to have had her guidance and help. Whether critiquing or editing one of my stories/books or helping me refine a blurb or create back cover material, I could always count on a quick, inspiring response. For example, I initially wrote [my paranormal romance] The Scarecrow & Ms. Moon as kind of a “Murphy’s Law” romantic romp. But, with Karen’s suggestions, I delved deeper into the characters, discovering emotions which took a humorous romance to another level. Because of the “heart” she inspired me to add, Scarecrow remains a favorite of mine. She did all this while writing multiple novels per year, poetry, giving workshops, AND writing self-help books for Writer’s Digest. Karen Wiesner is an asset I’d recommend to any writer." ~Barbara Raffin, award-winning author The St. John Sibling Series
Author Testimony: “I highly recommend Karen's Blurb Service. The blurbs Karen Wiesner has written for my Dangerous Waters Trilogy are beautifully short and intriguing. She will create one for you that has the impact you are looking for.” ~Dee Lloyd, award-winning author of romance, mystery, danger…and a sexy ghost or two
Author Testimony: “I am the author of two series as well as a few standalone novels and short stories. Karen was kind enough to help tighten and clean up the blurbs I sweated blood over for years on both the Milward Chronicles and the Tony Mandolin Mystery series. Do not get me wrong, I am by no means a struggling writer. I have been compared very favorably with Jim Butcher and David Eddings, but writing a six-figure word count story is a bit different from getting everything you want to say about that story onto the back cover with room to spare. This little lady handles that dirty job well.” ~Robert Lee Beers, award-winning author of supernatural mysteries and fantasy
Author Testimony: “Karen Wiesner has a remarkable ability to extract the essence of a story, and to define it clearly and succinctly in such a way that inevitably curiosity is piqued, enticing readers to open the book and begin a journey of exploration.” ~Stephen Symons, author of The Islands of the Sixteen Gods Series
Author Testimony: “Like many authors, I enjoy the actual writing of a book but hate the marketing process. Part of that process is the writing of a book blurb that acts as a hook to attract readers. I have sweated over these blurbs without much success, so imagine how delighted I was to find Karen Wiesner's Blurb Service. A short questionnaire to fill out and she comes up with a blurb for single books and series that knock your socks off. I reckon I'm going to see greater sales using her book blurbs. Thank you, Karen!” ~Max Overton, award-winning author of historicals, contemporary thrillers, and westerns
Author Testimony: “Writers often get too close to their writings--and that's where Karen helped me with my book blurbs. She wrote new blurbs for my books, from a fresh perspective, which helps to entice potential readers to want to buy and read them. I highly recommend her!” ~Wendy Laing, author of crime and paranormal novels, children’s books, and poetry
Author Testimony: "Karen's Blurb Service really improved my blurbs to be a lot clearer, concise, and interesting! If books are judged first by their cover, then they're judged second by their blurb, so it's essential for the blurb to draw people in. Karen did this for my books in ways I hadn't even thought of." ~Jenna Whittaker, author of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian fantasy
Author Testimony: "Karen Wiesner has a gift for encapsulating the highlights of a book in lucid and intriguing language. She knows just what my blurbs need to give them that final polish." ~Margaret L. Carter, award-winning author of horror, fantasy, and paranormal romance
Author Testimony: “I was delighted to find Karen Wiesner’s book blurb service before I publish my third novel. I struggled with writing the blurbs for the first two myself, finding it hard to gain the proper perspective to tempt a reader. Karen sorted through a lot of information I sent her about Time Blade and my Age Jeweled Intelligence series. She did an amazing job of extricating the salient points of the book and the series, and then crafting them into a few enticing paragraphs. All this was done within a couple of days and at a price any author could afford. I highly recommend Karen’s book blurb service.” ~Christina Greenaway, author of Dream Chaser: Awakening, Written in Ruberah: Age of Jeweled Intelligence, and Time Blade: Age of Jeweled Intelligence.
Author Testimony: “Karen’s Blurb Service went straight to the heart of my story in a way I couldn’t have seen on my own. Her work is incisive and insightful. And she’s lightning fast!” ~Sarah Yasin, author of thrillers and weird fiction
Author Testimony: “Thank you, Karen. I really appreciate and have already mentioned your [blurb] work to [author] friends. Thanks for taking the headache out of blurbs.” ~Author Luna Joya
Author Testimony: "Karen took an attempted blurb I created and made a killer tagline and smooth blurb for my novella. She took the material I gave her and went back and forth with me on style and content. She was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Blurbs are the hardest things to write, and with her help I feel completely confident in the strength and value of the blurb." ~Sophie Jupillat Posey, author of The Four Suitors
Author Testimony: “Karen did excellent work for me and really took the time to get it right! Kudos to her for her patience and willingness to shape my muddled idea into a great blurb.” ~G.B. Kattz, author of the forthcoming horror/supernatural Dark
Publisher Testimony: “As a publisher, I know the importance of blurbs, but I also know that most people find them hard to write. Authors cringe when asked to write one. But Karen loves them! And better yet, she is great at writing them! Why put yourself through the strain, when Karen is keen to write it for you? I got her to go through our 470+ blurbs and am so glad she spiced them up! She will be doing ALL our blurbs from now on, and I know our authors will be thankful that she is.” ~Sandy Cummins, Owner of Writers Exchange E-Publishing
Please note that the blurb sizings, etc. in the samples are provided as examples only,
not indicative of what Karen does as a part of her blurb service.
by Karen S. Wiesner
ISBNs: 978-1-925191-65-3 (electronic); 978-1723857201 (trade paperback)
Make your book fly off the shelves!
Would you like to utilize a series blurb but you're not sure where to start in covering all the books in your series in one succinct, powerful paragraph?
Would you like to have a short, punchy version of your blurb that can be used in your marketing and author/series branding?
Are you a publisher with a stable full of books that need blurb overhauls?
Every author knows what a back cover blurb is, given its high-profile placement on the back cover of every book. At its crux, a back cover blurb strives to be a concise, breathtaking summary of the entire story that includes the major internal and external conflicts and the goals and motivations of the main character(s).
Unfortunately, crafting an effectively good back cover blurb is no easy task, and many writers outright dislike writing them or dread the process because so much is at stake if the blurb fails to engage. A sizzling back cover blurb needs to convince readers they absolutely have to read the story inside the pages…or they'll set the book down without ever opening it. Additionally, a powerful series blurb can sell not just one book but all of them in that set! High-concept blurbs are necessary in every author's marketing to provide intriguing "sound bites" for books and series'.
Writing Blurbs That Sizzle--And Sell! will teach writers and publishers:
-The basics of blurb crafting: When to write them, how long they should be, and the three types of blurbs including back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs.
-Tips and tricks for crafting blurbs including worksheets and checklists to make the process foolproof.
-Techniques in sizing blurbs for a variety of applications as well covering the timely and viable topic of branding with blurbs.
-Step-by-step, do-it-yourself exercises using published works to help you develop blurb writing, revising, and evaluating skills.
The genre-diverse, multi-award-winning author of almost 130 titles, including 19 series, provides an in-depth reference to all things blurbs that may help sell your books to publishers and readers alike. Karen Wiesner is the author of the bestselling First Draft in 30 Days, as well as Bring Your Fiction to Life: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity, Writing the Fiction Series: The Guide for Novels and Novellas, and Cohesive Story Building. Look for her new writing reference titled CPR FOR DEAD OR LIFELESS FICTION: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships soon.
Karen has crafted back cover and high-concept blurbs for all of her own books and series as well as those for the stories in several award-winning anthologies. She's also evaluated, revised and crafted back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs for the entire backlist of nearly five hundred books in one publisher's catalog. She runs a blurb service for authors called Karen's Blurb Service Karen's Blurb Service, where you can find more details and gain access to a massive sampling of blurbs she's written and revised in nearly every category of fiction, nonfiction, and everything in-between.
Writing Blurbs That Sizzle--And Sell! is the definitive guide on how to craft back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs!
In addition to being a popular writing reference instructor and writer, professional blurbologist and freelance editor, Karen Wiesner is the accomplished, award-winning author of over 140 titles published in the past 22 years, which have been nominated/won 134 awards, with over 20 more releases contracted for spanning many genres and formats. Visit her website to read her full biography at http://www.karenwiesner.com.