One of the things a writer and publisher must do is collect blurbs – those brief bursts of praise from other writers that you see on book covers.
A blurb may be only a sentence or two long, but when you ask a writer to provide one, you’re asking for a pretty big favor.
First, she has to read your manuscript. As anyone who has ever gone to book group unprepared can tell you, this is quite a time commitment.
Second, she has to like it. If not, she’ll decline to write the blurb.
I am thrilled to say I already have three great blurbs from writers I admire. But over the next few days, Rosalie and I will be asking a few other writers as well. I’ll keep you posted.
What’s your take?
What’s your take on blurbs? Do you notice them? Do they influence whether you pick up a book? If so, what persuades you – what the blurb says, or who said it?
Let me know what you think. Maybe I’ll ask you to blurb my book!