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Mar 09, 2017 friend or foe is a gripping world war ii story from war horse author and former childrens laureate michael morpurgo. How to create a back book cover blurb that sells i just published a guest post which goes into this with some examples. Write down what, specifically, you loved about the book, what spoke to you, and, if you know your own project well, how your book and theirs intersect. Its safe to say that a wellwritten blurb is absolutely essential to your poetry book s overall success and reputation. When you ask for a blurb, youre asking another person to shine a little of his or her credibility down on you. To write a good blurb, you have to make it short and exciting, yet relevant. This site has some simple prayers and some that are. Sep 30, 2015 the book aims high and largely fulfils its promise of handing the reader tools to be a better friend and a more formidable foe. Your book blurb must be wellwritten to get a readers attention. This poetic story invites conversation with your kid or reading group. An album of scary, dangerous, or revolting creaturesall of which have better sides.
Early blurbs can be key, but you need to remember that its a numbers game. A book blurb should be a fair representation of the style of the book. By definition, youll most often ask writers who are at least for now more wellknown than you are. Make sure you supply me with a general synopsis as well. If you wish it to be personalized, you will need to send an email request with correct spelling of your name. I once was asked to write a blurb for a friend so i diligently reread his novel i had read earlier drafts. Buy friend or foe by michael morpurgo from waterstones today. From master storyteller michael morpurgo comes friend or foe. Friend or foe is a gripping world war ii story from war horse author and former childrens laureate michael morpurgo. Louise is a single mom to a wonderful little boy, henry. Follow up on your book blurb request via email if you dont hear back from an author that you contact about a book jacketquote request, there are two possibilities.
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Evacuated from london, david and tucky feel like the war is a long way away. Friend or foe is a gripping world war ii story from war. I would have understood if my blurb had been knocked off the jacket by blurbs from philip roth and salman rushdie and annie proulx, but no. Friend or foe is a heartwarming novel from a master storyteller michael morpurgo, one of the most prominent representatives of contemporary childrens literature of england.
Many authors write the book blurb as an afterthought. Blurb is a basic service useable for basic book printing. Friend request by laura marshall tuesday, july 25, 2017 permalink getting facebook friend requests from old school frenemies or even those you only vaguely knew many years earlier is a weird thing. The internet has changed all that in more ways than one.
A blurb is a short promotional piece accompanying a piece of creative work. Friend request by laura marshall is a creepy, gripping, shocking, suspenseful, and a clever psychological thriller novel that kept us on the edge of our seat throughout this whole book. After many requests for a signed copy of the book, i decided i would make them available. Writing a book blurb is harder than you think, and is an excellent way of getting yourself noticed.1019 855 1363 803 181 374 1565 351 1037 540 1276 1394 1325 976 1408 1115 788 47 1429 1137 586 821 764 1245 1438 13 580 60 510 586 763 1119 1453 264 381 1409 299 594 1106 849 1184 838 1019 874 1033 158 1215