How would you like a one on one with someone who actually knows how to write blurbs? To see your blurb being revised live on the screen, showing you the tricks of the trade as they’re being applied?
I’ve spent the last two years as a copy-writer for an independent publishing house, revising blurb after blurb after blurb. Over the past few months, I developed Blurb Writing 1:1, a service that does not only deliver better blurbs, it also shows you how it’s done.
How does Blurb Writing 1:1 work?
Through video conferencing, where we discuss and rewrite your blurb together.
Being in the same digital space:
- allows me to ask questions about your work wherever I see a gap;
- ensures that the revised blurb reflects your voice and the tone and content of your work; and
- enables me to share my screen with you, so you’ll see exactly what I’m rewriting as I explain the why behind my actions.
This personalised approach does not only get you a better blurb, it also teaches you a skill you can then apply to your other books.
A 90-day tweak period
Because writing is never final, Blurb Writing 1:1 comes with a 90-day tweak period. If the blurb isn’t living up to your expectations (or that of your readers), we’ll have another look.
Likewise, if you have an ‘Aha!’ moment after our meeting and want me to go over your blurb again, even if only for a quick proofread, you can just shoot me a message.
To sum it up
Blurb Writing 1:1:
- takes a personal approach,
- gets you a better blurb that fully matches your work,
- comes with a 45–90-minute video call,
- shows you the tricks of the trade, and
- offers a 90-day tweak period,
all for the introductory rate of only €99*.
As time passes, I’ll add more examples to the list. For now, please have a look at this recent blog post in which I offer a behind the scenes.
How do I book a spot?
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your preferred time frame for the video conference and your original blurb (so I can sneak a peek).
- Once we’ve set a date, I will send you an invoice.
- Once payment has cleared, I will send you the copy form, which is to be completed a week prior to our meeting.
And that’s it. We’ll have our meeting, we’ll revise your blurb, which you then get to test. If something comes up in the next 90 days, I’ll be here to edit or tweak your blurb some more.
Come 1 May 2020, the price of Blurb Writing 1:1 goes up to €149. If you want to have a crack at this together, book your spot now.*
Sometimes, you just need someone to take you by the hand.
I’m one of those authors who has read multiple books on writing blurbs and book descriptions, written and published a few myself, and still felt lost and at loose ends when it came to designing effective ad copy for my books. But....in the course of an hour, Mariëlle listened to me, took time to understand my voice and my book, and produced, with me, a blurb that I’m not only happy with, but excited to publish.
This was the personal touch to blurb writing and one-on-one education that I thrive on. There’s so much mass education out there, and I’ve consumed a lot of it, but sometimes, you just need someone to take you by the hand. Mariëlle can do that, all the while educating you to learn how to do it for yourself.
Working via zoom was easy. The screen sharing allowed me to see and follow the process. The way my brain works, I absolutely needed to see that shared screen. I was worried about retaining my voice in the process. Mariëlle demonstrated sensitivity and pose while navigating the complexities. Her questions were on point and showed a true understanding of story and also a deep and experienced perspective on bridging the gap between author and reader. To sum up, this was a kind and gentle service with mastery level awareness and focus on effectiveness.
I so enjoyed the process because I learnt so much.
Mariëlle worked in collaboration with me for over an hour on my book blurb. It was amazing how quickly she was able to see where I’d missed golden opportunities in enticing in my reader, giving them a feel for the book and leave them wanting to start reading!
I so enjoyed the process because I learnt so much. Instead of simply receiving something back in an email, I was able to ensure my words and phrases were used and so the blurb fitted my language. Because I was learning the skills needed, I was able to go back to my other books and recraft those blurbs too!
I have no hesitation in recommending M.S. Wordsmith because the investment will pay itself back with increased sales, and a skillset I would not otherwise have had. I am much more confident about writing a successful blurb for my next novel.
* On 1 May 2020, the price will go up from €99 to €149. Please note that the discount is valid throughout 2020 as long as you book and pay for your spot before the first of May.
Please note: by paying the invoice, you are agreeing to the terms & conditions.