Examples of Good Fiction Book Blurbs
When it comes to writing book blurbs, looking at genres is one of the best ways that you can figure out how a good blurb should go. That’s why we will be looking at some more good book blurbs in a few more genres – a continuation of the Examples of Good Fiction Book Blurbs Part 1. If you write in any of these genres, these book blurbs will give you some idea of what is a book blurb is that is going to draw in the reader and why these particular book blurbs work.
Tyler North is tired of him and all of his friends being picked on by bullies. His teacher thinks being picked on builds character. His principal barely knows what day of the week it is. That means that any time spent on the playground is pretty miserable. Tyler and his friends decide that they aren’t going to take it anymore and they start a vigilante group to target bullies. But why aren’t things working out the way they should?
WHY THIS WORKS: Lots of kids have been bullied and this gives them the fantasy fulfillment of getting revenge on those bullies – along with an exciting story. Plus, kids will be intrigued to find out why his plan isn’t working and what he does to fix things.
When biologist Marty Grossman moved into the old house by the lake that he had got for almost nothing in the auction, he dismissed the ghost stories as ridiculous New Englander superstition. But then things started happening – things that couldn’t be explained by his scientific view of the world – and now he knows that he’s not alone in the house. He must put aside his skepticism and find out just what is going on. But can he figure out the truth and solve the mystery before it is too late?
WHY THIS WORKS: For one thing, the skeptic turning into a believer trope just doesn’t get old. The buildup will be pretty exciting; watching his mind unravel and try to come with reasonable explanations will be exciting. Plus, this is an old-fashioned ghost story and the blurb highlights that.
Joss Cramer never wanted to a detective again. After he retired from the State Police, he swore he would never go back. But then his best friend was murdered and everyone else thinks it was suicide. Joss knows there is someone responsible for Al’s death, but will he be able to put the clues together in time to avoid the net of a conspiracy that reaches far beyond the borders of his own town and possibly – deep into the heart of law enforcement?
WHY THIS WORKS: A detective coming out of retirement to save his best friend’s reputation is a good story. But the blurb also infers that this isn’t a simple murder – that there is a conspiracy that Joss will find himself in and that means even more danger.