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Blog > Reedsy News – Posted on May 16, 2017

ShoreIndie Webinar: How to Refine your Novel's Blurb and Opening Pages

A free webinar for authors: Saturday, May 20th | 12pm EST (New York) | 9am PST (Los Angeles) | 5pm BST (London). Register below!


The blurb and the opening lines of a novel act as an invitation for the reader to keep reading. Just like your cover, they need to hook the right readers in and clearly identify your novel's genre.

But there is more to a blurb than just a good hook. How you word your blurb, along with the categories and keywords you choose, are the main factors that'll get Amazon's algorithms to "place" your book in front of the right reader. This is what makes writing it such a crucial and tricky exercise.

Fortunately, we've got you covered! We have partnered with ShoreIndie to put together an exclusive (and free!) webinar to help novelists refine their blurb and manuscript opening. The webinar will feature two top Reedsy fiction editors, Rebecca Heyman and Katie McCoach, along with a professional book marketer: Bree Weber. Together, they'll teach you:

  • How to write a strong "hook" in your blurb
  • How to optimize your blurb, title, and other metadata to leverage Amazon's algorithms
  • How to refine your opening pages to hook readers in and keep them engaged

And we'll finish with an extended Q&A session where you'll be able to get their expert opinion on your novel!

The webinar will run on Saturday, May 20th, at 12pm EST (New York) | 9am PST (Los Angeles) | 5pm BST (London). Sign up below and we'll send you all the info you'll need to join!

Note: A replay will be made available after the webinar, along with some bonus content. So even if you can't attend live, sign up below to make sure you get the replay and bonus content!