LESSON FOUR: BOOK JACKET DESCRIPTION
Okay, now that you have an idea of why you’re writing this book, who you’re writing it for and what kind of story you want it to be. You know who the main players are and what's at stake. This is a great time to write the book jacket description. Pretend you’ve finished the manuscript and want to sell it. What would appear on the back cover to make a reader want to buy it?
This exercise forces you to focus. It helps to make sure your “story idea” has enough drama to appeal to readers. It also subconsciously validates your project. Makes it real.
Most book jacket descriptions include information about your protagonist, the setting, the genre, a teaser and a strong hint of what’s at stake. It does not reveal the entire plot or lay out the ending. Read a few.
Using the information from the previous exercises, write a book jacket description for your book. This is also a good time to choose a working title, even if it’s just the name of your main character.