How to choose an excerpt that won’t turn readers off

D.E. Haggerty

My Readsalot blog often functions as a blog tour stop and I always read the excerpts from the book I’m posting about. After all, I’m always looking for something new to read. I was posting a blog tour stop last week and I was a bit confused with the excerpt. It didn’t match the book description at all. I actually looked up the book and previous blog tour stops as I was sure the blog tour operator had made a mistake. But no, it was no mistake. This isn’t the first time I’ve been totally turned off by an excerpt and that got me to thinking about what I – as a reader – prefer to see as an excerpt. Here’s what I came up with (and please keep in mind that I’m certainly no expert and this is just my personal preference):

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