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Let's Netflix your book

AUTHORS are having to adapt and adjust with reader demands. That means you have to get tighter on delivering a book that is ‘on point’ with modern readers.

But this comes more into play in the packaging and selling


Who writes all those tight, clever blurbs and teasers that make you buy a book – or watch a movie? You do! Yes you, the author, delivers all the copy – teasers, blurbs, loglines, summaries. No big PR team. No clever copywriters. You.


You even do your own author interview for the publisher – I kid you not.


Publishers will send you a long author interview questionnaire and you have to fill it in and write your PR copy.


So, here’s a test. I want you to take your book and ‘Netflix it.’


Here’s what to do:

1.State your genre

2.Three words that convey the feeling / elements / sub-genre

3.Max 25 words to describe it.


I have given you some examples below:


The Firm (John Grisham)

Crime Legal

Slick. Suspenseful. Mastery

When a Harvard Law School grad joins a prestigious firm, he ignores the warning of his wife, who fears the lucrative deal may be too good to be true


The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)

Thriller

Suspenseful. Exciting. Mystery

Mysterious murder. Iconic artwork. Cryptic clues. And a professor trying to unmask centuries of secrets and deception.


Seaspiracy

Documentary

Controversial. Provocative. Investigative

Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species – and uncovers alarming global corruption.


Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Memoir

Sentimental. Romantic. Drama

After deciding to reshape her life after divorce, Liz travels around the world in search of good food, spirituality and true love


The Trial of the Chicago 7

Courtroom real life drama

Witty. Political. Controversial.

An unpopular war. A massive protest. A violent clash. They hit the streets to fight for justice. In court, they’ll make history


A Life on our Planet (David Attenborough)

Documentary

Intimate. Science and Nature. Inspiring.

Rainforests cleared. Species lost. Earth imperiled by climate change. But he knows what we must do to save the planet.


The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

Swoonworthy. Intimate. Emotional

Two young lovers are torn apart by war and class differences in the 1940s


Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

Slow burn. Dark. Psychological.

His marriage crumbling, Nick comes home one day to find his wife has vanished. As the police turn up the heat, shocking truths come to light.


Yours in writing,

Sarah Bullen



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