Writing Tip Wednesday – Literary Devices Editing and Blurbs

JA Huss

Welcome to the last video in The Perfect Story Series. This time I’m gonna go through a few literary devices I use often and talk a little about editing and blurb writing. I decided to put the last two topics into one video because I really didn’t have a lot to say about editing and blurbs. 🙂


I hope you had a great 2017 and both The Perfect Year and The Perfect Story helped you (at least a little bit!) I have more author tips coming for you in December! This new series is called TOP 5 TIPS for authors and there will be one new “Top Five” posted EVERY DAY IN DECEMBER. I also got a few of my author friends to help me out (in case you’re tired of hearing just from me!) so look for that on December first.  

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If you’re just coming in on this series and haven’t yet seen the previous videos they are linked below.

Beginnings
Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Pov/Characters
Settings/Series
Pacing/Suspense
Exposition/Dialogue
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices & Editing/Blurbs

About JA Huss

JA Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.

After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.

So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for an Audie award in 2016, and her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you so much Julie. You are awesome!
    I’ve loved both your courses and have got so much out of them.
    Plus it’s been just like hanging out with you 🙂
    So much great info, I would have paid whatever you asked. I’d already bought all your books so I decided to support you by buying your audio books too. (I’d never done audio).
    Best decision ever! I’m working my way through, just finished The Company. Love, love, love.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
    And I’m nearly finished writing my second book which might be half decent thanks to your awesome videos! (The first one is hidden in the bottom drawer…)
    Thank you for being you.

  2. I was sooo happy to see this video. I thought with all you had going on, you might not be able to come back to this. So thank you. I agree, there are a lot of authors charging for courses and it’s refreshing to have a person with your talents take the time to help us poor, aspiring writers. I hope you have a happy first Thanksgiving in your new home.

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