Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Writing a book description


One of the hardest things in writing is the book description. Well at least for me. It’s so hard to put into a short paragraph the book you’ve poured your heart into. How do you summarize thousands of words into a short space. Here are a couple of pointers that I go by:

1: Don’t over write the description. This means that you don’t need to overdo it. You don’t need to tell everything. If you go into too much detail you lose the reader before they even get started.

2: Use a lot of descriptive words. You need to make the reader want to read your book. By using descriptive words you can lure them in.

3: Don’t give away too much. I read a description one day that actually told the plot of the book. I realized I didn’t want to read it after reading the description because the writer told what happened to the characters. It’s like telling who did it before you even know the players.

4: Remember you’re trying to sell your book. Think about it as writing an ad for your book. You want to hint at the best aspects. Maybe write it from the main characters view.

5: Some of the best book descriptions are short and to the point. So just get to the point and leave it. 

This is just a couple of ways I try to describe my books. Maybe it will help you when you get ready to write your description.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

Author: stephaniehurt

Stephanie Payne Hurt has been writing stories since she was a teenager, but only started publishing her work in 2012, 30 years later. The romance genre drew her in at an early age. Since 2012 she's published over 50 Romance novels/novellas. Stephanie is a busy lady. She's a Children's Minister, Accountant, wife and mother along with a blogger and writer, along with starting a publishing service called Horseshoe Publishing alongside her publisher. It's been an exciting ride and she looks forward to what the future holds for her writing. Currently she writes romance ranging from Christian, Contemporary, Suspense and Cowboy. Her work is available at many online retailers, on her website and in a bookstore in Zebulon, Georgia near her home. Come by and visit her at and subscribe to get updates and release dates, also her monthly newsletter! Don't forget to join her Street Team for all the new updates and to get free chapters of upcoming books and lots of other prizes.

8 thoughts on “Writing a book description

  1. good advice there, would you say you could apply it to both fiction and nonfiction. One of the things I am struggling with is deciding on the title of the book. That I am finding is one of the hardest things to do. Any tips?

    • Well, first off sit down and figure out the main point of the book. And from there follow your heart. You don’t want to name it Cowboys And Horses if it’s about something totally different. Your main goal is to focus on the books content. If you need any input just give me a synopsis and I’ll play with it.

      • Thank you for the offer of help, I may take you up on that…. I have narrowed the titles down to a couple now, I think as the writing commences over the next two to three weeks, hopefully the right one will just become obvious.

      • Just do a play on words. As you say it will probably come to you. As you write try to catch some phrase or words that would make a great description or title.

  2. Love that new picture, did you take it?

    • It was part of the web page design I use. It’s so cool because it has like five different scenes to choose from and I was feeling all beachy and sunshine so I changed it.

  3. Thank you for the pointers! 🙂

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