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Book Blurbs

An Author's Guide to Praise and Endorsement Best Practices

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.11.2016 | Books
Brooke Warner

I get an inordinate number of questions about what the industry fondly calls "blurbs," and here I attempt to cover them all with a detailed list of how authors can approach soliciting and choosing, and everything in between.

The Truth About Malcolm Gladwell?

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.18.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

The Times reports that Gladwell hands blurbs out like Santa, though he doesn't seem to care if authors are naughty or nice.

Virginia Pye On Books, Publishers & the Dreaded Sophomore Jinx

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.26.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Virginia Pye at the James River Writers Conference (another reason to attend what is a great conference) and we were immediately struck by how curious she was.

5 Ways to Engage Your Readers

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.06.2016 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.

When Authors Beg for Blurbs...

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.07.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

Before I got my first book published, a novelist I knew quipped, "The only thing worse than not being published is being published." I had no idea what he meant, but I soon figured it out.

Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance From Self-Published Authors?

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.27.2016 | Books
Brooke Warner

Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it's not surprising.

The Rhino Records Story Takes Shape Part 2: Pete Townshend Says No or the Problem With Book Blurbs

Harold Bronson | Posted 11.28.2013 | Books
Harold Bronson

When my publisher asked me to solicit blurbs -- the positive comments that appear on the back cover of books -- I wasn't enthusiastic.


Posted 04.03.2013 | Books

Blurbs have often been looked upon suspiciously by journalists. Do the authors really believe what they write on the covers of fellow authors' books, ...

WATCH: Art Of Shteyngart's Blurbs

Posted 03.06.2013 | Books

Gary Shteyngart's blurbs have become legendary. They've been described in the New York Times and Time magazine, and spawned their own Tumblr. And ...

The Blurbs That Got Away

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.20.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've been lucky in my publishing career to get blurbs from wonderful, well-known authors I admire and respect. But I've also missed out a few crucial times.

Begging for Blurbs

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Begging for blurbs is one of the more misery-producing aspects of being published. It can leave us desperate and depressed. It's humiliating to have to grovel for blurbs, rather than have your publisher secure them for you.

On Really Bad Book Blurbs | Posted 08.21.2011 | Books

Richard Yates’s The Easter Parade (1976) is a great book by a great writer; on this many agree. Having just read it, I’ll join the chorus....

David Grossman Gets Over-The-Top Blurbs For New Book From Nicole Krauss, Paul Auster

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

David Grossman is a much-garlanded author and his latest novel sounds extremely interesting. The story of an Israeli mother, Ora, who sets out for a h...

A Humble Plea: Sing My Praises

Jesse Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Katz

As much as I might fantasize about Junot Díaz or Mary Karr anointing my memoir the breakout book of 2009, how could I possibly expect them to even take note of its existence?