Does a book’s blurb contribute to its success, or its failure?

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Have We Had Help?

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My friend and fellow writer, Debby Gies

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My Antipodean mate and fellow writer, Derek Haines

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As my old friend Derek has said many times in the past, if you have bothered to pay strict attention to his many blog posts on the subject, instead of merely liking them and moving on as so many of you do, the one area every writer always tends to overlook is a book’s blurb. Apart from reading reviews, what the potential reader really needs to make up their mind to buy your book, is a blurb that leaves them wanting to know more.

On thursday I wrote what I hoped would be a good one. It was total rubbish. All it would have done is put people off wanting to read Céleste. So when I asked him, Derek suggested another. After I’d played around with it for a while, adding one tiny element…

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