Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Write the Perfect Book Blurb!

So you’ve sold your book. Now you need to write a blurb. It will be an important part of your marketing. Its function is to get a reader’s attention and hopefully entice them into purchasing your book.

A few tips for creating a GOOD blurb.

1.   Make first sentence enticing, clever, and creative.
2.   Keep the blurb short. (< 200 words)
3.   Cut out sub-plots.
4.   Introduce the story’s setting.
5.   Add tension to make it dramatic.
6.   Stay true to your voice.
7.   Try not to mention more than two character’s names, and promise your audience a read they won’t forget.
8.   Never give away spoilers.
9.   Stay away from clich├ęs.

Blurbs from my books:

YA Dystopian – RATGIRL: Song of the Viper

Sixteen-year-old Jax Stone is an expert at surviving in a dangerous city, where rats rival the homeless for food and shelter, but she’s an amateur at fighting the immoral mayor when he orders the kidnapping of her little brother. Desperation demands she quickly master the role of courageous opponent.

Jax disguises herself as a world-renowned exterminator and barters with the mayor for her brother’s freedom. To fulfill the contract she lures the rats to their death in the toxic river with her mesmerizing singing in exchange for gold to pay passage for her brother and herself to the New Continent. But when the corrupt mayor reneges on their agreement, Jax has no choice but to stage another daring coup.

She draws upon her musical gift once again and this time leads not only her brother, but all of the city’s children to safety, with the help of a ragtag band of friends and a handsome stranger, who holds the secret to her past and the key to her heart.

YA Fantasy - Scheherazade's Secret 


The age-old Arabian Nights tale has a new twist in this fast-paced novelette. When a beggar girl in the streets of Parsa discovers the royal prince is returning to the city, she wishes to be his wife, but her wish gets twisted. She and her younger sister find themselves in the harem of his father, as the latest of a long line of brides that never live to see the day after the marriage. Herazade must think fast to save both her sister and herself, so she relies on a mysterious genie in the dented, old lamp.


MG Historical Fiction – Twice Betrayed

The thread of friendship is stretched to the breaking point…

With the spark of independence crackling in Colonial Philadelphia, Perdy Rogers chafes under the strict rule of her Quaker grandmother and the endless duties of her apprenticeship in Betsy Ross’s upholstery shop. So when her best friend shares a secret and invites Perdy to help plan an elopement, she’s thrilled to be with her friends again. But Perdy has no idea that one favor will unravel the stable fabric of her life and involve her in a tangled web of deceit, lies and treachery.

Disguised as boys, three girls head to the river to put Perdy’s plan into action, but only two return. When the third, a young milliner’s assistant, is found drowned with gold coins sewn into her hems, coded spy letters in her bodice, and a journal implicating another sewing apprentice as her co-conspirator, all eyes turn to Perdy Rogers. But she’s no spy!

Accused of treason, she struggles to prove her innocence with the help of a handsome stranger and learns the hard way that freedom, whether an individual’s or a country’s, comes at a cost.

Picture Book – Daddy, Can You See the Moon? (COMING in 2018)

A young boy and his soldier dad share special moments by looking at the moon each night. But when Dad comes home a wounded warrior, his son discovers it’s the power of love that kept them connected all along, and he plays a major part in his father’s recovery.

Picture Book – Rock Star Santa



It’s Christmas Eve and children await Santa’s arrival, only they’re not tucked snuggly in their beds dreaming of sugarplums. They’re stomping and clapping at a Christmas concert with a rowdy reindeer band, where Santa is the “ROCK STAR.” It’s an original, modern day retelling of a Christmas classic, but what happens on this night before Christmas is rockin’.





If you’d like me to give you personal feedback on your book blurb, you can send it to me at info@gayleckrause.com


Happy Writing!



Monday, June 19, 2017

The Moment I Became a Writer....

The moment I decided to be a writer…

I don’t believe there ever was just one moment!

I’ve been creating stories since I was the oldest kid in the neighborhood, entertaining the younger ones with dancing ‘Swan Lake’ skits, even though I’d never seen the ballet. Tea parties, where everyone had to wear their mother’s dress, shoes, and hats, unless they were boys. They had to wear their Sunday suits.

Talent shows, puppet shows, plays, safaris through a water-soaked field with puddles and hanging ferns…digging up an old buried porcelain sink in the field behind my house, that of course, was the marble floor of a buried castle….and leading fossil hunts up the dusty shale dumps, where the old coal from the mines was dumped years before (plenty of fossils pressed into the shale).

And then on to writing plays for Junior Girl Scouts so my younger sister could earn her “World Heritage Badge,” which eventually lead to writing plays for the children in my Pre-School to perform for Holiday parties and Graduations. 


And so it still continues. I see a sign and get a new title. I’m sitting in the dentist office getting my teeth cleaned and think….how would she clean my teeth if I was a dinosaur?

And so, I guess there was never “a dull moment,” but each creative one built upon the previous one, until I had years of writing stories. 


TWICE BETRAYED
And some of them just happened to become published books. J
RATGIRL: SONG OF THE VIPER
DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON?
ROCK STAR SANTA




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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Recipe For a Book


Recipe for a Book
By Gayle C. Krause

You want to write a tasty book?
You’ll need one scoop of tempting hook.
1 teaspoon of a set-up scene
2 characters – one good, one mean
1 heaping problem to be solved
1 block of tension, soon evolved
1 tablespoon of woe and strife
1 ounce of love for MC’s life
1 heaping cup of voice and pace
Descriptions and a sense of place

Stir story batter. Add a dash
of hero’s rights and villain’s clash.
Sprinkle humor. Fold in facts.
Add one full quart of strong climax.

Whip it up until well-blended.
Let sit for weeks. The story’s ended.
Read once more with new, fresh eyes.
And if required, you must revise.