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

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.28.2015 | 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?