Book Reviews

Book Review: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs 

IMG_07335 Steps to Better Blurbs 

by: Julie Gilbert 

I was generously given an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review; much thanks to the author!

Writing a blurb is often something authors either love or hate. You have to take your multi-hundred-page magnum opus of a manuscript and condense it down to a few paragraphs explaining the bare essentials of the plot and characters all while enticing the reader. This book breaks down that overwhelming process into five easy steps that allow anyone to write a great blurb.


  • For All Writing Levels:  One of the great things about this book is that it starts with the basics by explaining the difference between terms such as Synopsis, Blurb, and an Agent Query. If you are already familiar with these terms, then this section is easy to skip. I enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t isolate her audience by only aiming at authors who have reached a certain level of skill or experience in the publishing industry.
  • Easy to Follow: Each chapter has one core focus (such as defining basic terms or analyzing blurbs) and that focus is further cut into bite-sized snippets that are both succinct and informative.
  • Lots of Examples: I am someone who learns best by example and one of my favorite features of this book is that the author does not simply instruct the reader but uses some of her own blurbs and blurbs of her clients to put her principals into action. The format serves a dual purpose in both guiding the reader along to help them improve their own writing as well as advertising the type of service the reader should expect should they still decide after finishing the book that they would rather hire Julie to refine their blurb for them than doing so themselves. It provides lots of valuable tips along the way while simultaneously offering a preview of the author’s skill set.


The only thing that I would say is, as I mentioned before, there is a lot of defining terminology over the course of this book and some of gets a little repetitive. That being said, I don’t necessarily consider this feature a con because it allows the book to reach multiple audiences.

Overall: 4.5/5 stars. Recommended for anyone who needs help or insight on blurb writing.

Recommendation: I don’t have a recommendation to go with this book, but if you can think of something that sounds similar, please share in the comments!

5 Steps to Better Blurbs  by Julie Gilbert is available on Amazon

As always, keep making magic, word weavers!

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