Back Cover / Online Book Description Copy

Writing or Editing Your Back Cover / Online Book Description

What goes on your book's back cover or online description?

Your book’s back cover or online book description is one of your first chances to make an impression on your potential readers. It is an essential component of your book publication. It must impress. It must command attention. 

Back cover copy — and online book descriptions used on websites like Amazon and Goodreads should not summarize all of the plot or give away all the details. They have a different purpose than your manuscript. Your manuscript tells a story; their job is to get a potential reader to buy the book. Simple and straightforward. Writing a good book description is both an art and a science, combining creative, informative, and sales-oriented writing. 

Your back cover should summarize some key parts and hint at the story, describing the main theme and compelling the reader to know more about how the characters will react to the circumstances of the plot. It should not spoil the ending, but it should make the reader want to find it out for themselves. 

And, it should aim to do all this in about 215 words.

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We would love to discuss your publishing process and help you perfect the book description for your printed book, ebook, or both. 

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Contact the SRD Editing Services team to discuss the back cover copy or online description for your book! 

Write Your Own Back Cover Copy / Online Book Description

Some writers are up to the challenge and prefer to write their own copy to be used on their book’s back cover and online description. Writing a book description for Amazon doesn’t seem all that difficult – just summarize the most important information in your book and make it sound interesting at the same time. However, there are a couple specific points to keep in mind. 

You want to make the best impression possible, because your book description may be your reader’s first exposure to your story or style, but you don’t want to give away the ending, spoil the reader’s experience, or use unappealing language that might turn them away from your book and toward another on the (metaphorical) shelf. Writing a good book description is essential to capturing and holding your readers’ attention.  

It can also be helpful to include a brief author blurb at the end of your book’s description. In one to two sentences, you might introduce yourself, your background, and your writing history to readers to draw them into becoming fans.   

If you have written your own back cover copy, we offer developmental and line editing to help you polish your initial draft. When writing book descriptions for Amazon, some authors struggle with content and putting a “marketing spin” on their book description, while other authors just need a secondary review for final tweaks. Whatever your needs, SRD Editing Services can help you perfect your online book description and help you achieve your book publication goals.  

SRD Editing Services Writes Your Book Back Cover Copy and Book Description

Some writers love the creative exercise of world-building and crafting character dialogue but do not want to focus their energy on writing the marketing copy for their back cover and online book description

Some writers simply don’t know how to write back cover copy. Because writing a book description requires a combination of several types of writing, some authors find that this type of writing doesn’t quite match up with their skill set. Book publication can be a frustrating process, or you may be “too close” to your own material to be able to summarize it succinctly. 

Whatever your reasoning, if you prefer we write your back cover copy, we can do that too.

We know how to write back cover copy that uses gripping language and standards of your genre. If you find writing the back cover of a book to be difficult for you, let the editors at SRD Editing Services help. 

Same or Different Copy

Depending on your preference, you may want to use the same copy for your printed book’s back cover copy and your digital book’s online book description.

The back cover of a printed book contains limited space. Depending on the size of your cover and the size font your back cover copy is printed in, you might be able to include as many as 250 words, but the average length of back cover copy across genres is 175 to 225 words. 

However, an online book description might be much longer. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers may allow writers to include many more words or characters, which may contain keywords that are searchable by potential readers. If you have the space to make your online book description longer, it’s worth making it as long and as rich with keywords as possible.  

If you prefer to have different copy for the print and online versions of your book description, or if you need multiple options for copy for marketing and promotion purposes, we can help.

Average timeline for back cover copy / online book description:

🗸 2 weeks

Back Cover / Book Description Pricing

Contracts & Legalities, Refund Policy

Editors and copywriters with SRD Editing Services sign a standard Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) and freelance editing contract with every client. To find out more about our contract terms for book descriptions, privacy policy, and refund policy, please visit this page.

Your Book Publication Partner in Orlando, Florida

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, whether you’re an established or an emerging writer, whether you’re in Central Florida or somewhere beyond U.S. borders, SRD Editing Services would love to help you! Not just with your book description copy but with all your publishing process questions and needs. 

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Steps After Back Copy / Online Book Description

To promote and sell your book, online book reviews make a huge difference. Get an honest, professional review on sites like Amazon and Goodreads. 


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