Four Elements of a Good Book Description

One of the millions of small things that you’ll need to do before your book is published is write a description for your back cover. Don’t be fooled by the length of this project. For a lot of writers, these might be the most difficult 150 to 200 words you’ll write for your book (apart from your biography of course).

The trick about the back cover copy is that it’s not novel-writing, it’s marketing. The main goal of your description (to sell the book) differs from the goal of creative writing, which means the style of writing is going to differ as well.

Here are a few key things that make a successful book cover description:

Why Being a Reclusive Writer Is Bad for Your Book

The recluse writer is an all-too-common stereotype, but it’s a stereotype that we’ve had a hand in creating. To the introvert, there’s something wonderfully appealing about the idea of an introspective job that allows you to huddle up in your own home and choose when and how you want to interact with people. We’re also all guilty of sharing the (more than) occasional quote about avoiding the world and other people (see Exhibit A below).

*Exhibit A:

Can Self-published Authors Sell Books Without Social Media?

A lot of self-published authors feel like they need to jump on board the social media train because it will help you sell your books.

How to Choose the Right Editor for Your Book

When it comes to editing a book, there isn’t a formula for all editors to use that helps them achieve a perfect result every time. Book editing is a mixture of expertise and intuition. Since there isn’t a 100% correct way to edit a book, it’s important to find an editor who has experience with your genre, style of writing, and can offer you the services you need.

5 Social Media Guidelines for Authors