From Story to Blurb to Cover: Signposting Your Themes to Your Readers with Speaker Q&A
Audience: All Levels
Getting your story in the hands of readers starts with your cover and your blurb, but many authors struggle with the challenge of making these fit reader expectations, while also communicating the unique elements of their story. In this workshop, you’ll learn a simple set of techniques for aligning your story with your cover and your blurb, in the context of genre fiction.
By the end of this session, you will learn:
- How to identify the core features of a genre.
- To work out which story elements resonate with readers.
- To see relationships between covers, blurbs, and stories themselves.
We’ll also do practical exercises drawn from different genres, and learn how to do ongoing research to keep up with changes in our market. Whether you’re an experienced author, or just beginning your writing journey, this workshop will help you evolve a branding strategy that suits your genre, your style, and your situation.
Nat would like to acknowledge the help of the following authors and designers for this talk: Lana Love, Sansa Rayne, Sacha Black, TK Eldridge, Frankie Love, Lizzie Dunlap from Pixie Covers, and Elizabeth Brady.
Creator of Kindletrends
Nat is a romantic comedy writer, medical scientist and dance teacher, and creator of the Kindletrends newsletter for genre fiction authors. Kindletrends started when Nat got fed up with trying to make sense of the Kindle Store, and wanted a no-nonsense summary of the most important information. Nat shared it with author friends, and now wants to share it with the author community as a whole. Nat works at writing every day, and uses this information to write, publish and launch their own books - so it has to be focused, relevant and actionable.