26 Sep Blurbs
My first indication that there is going to be a lot of work ahead is when the editor emails me: Who do you want to write your blurbs?
Blurbs are the nice things that people say about your book, usually they are on the back cover of your book. They are written by other authors and they have to be in and done by the time the book goes to print. It means that an author READS your book manuscript and writes about it.
Who has time to read my book manuscript? Who will be agreeable?
I dream big. I’ll ask Barbara Kingsolver author of my favorite book The Poisonwood Bible. Her book is about Africa. Well, dream on. Writers ask people they know to write their blurbs. I’ve never met Ms. Kingsolver.
What writers do I know?
I make a list and start emailing authors. Hey. Have I got a deal for you! You can spend a few days reading my book and writing concise and beautiful words about it and you won’t get paid or anything but you’ll be nice and do it right?
I want to say thank you to the writers I’ve asked. Both those who said yes and those who said no. They have been gracious and kind. They are busy people, just like everyone else. I have interrupted them and asked a favor that is not quick or easy. I am thankful.
PHOTO: Zambian mother and children along the Zambezi River, Western Zambia, 1982