It can be hard for a new writer to get a blurb from established writers, especially if they don’t personally know the writer, or have a friend or agent who has contacts. Or so I’ve heard. I haven’t tried yet, but I know I will be in the next year.
So it was heartening to me to read Courtney Martin’s article “Reforming the Book Blurb Bull” in Publishers Weekly, asking established and famous authors to offer a helping hand by actually reading some new writers works for possible blurbs. I love that idea. I really believe in helping others. I understand being swamped by queries from hopeful agents and authors, and feeling pressured or hassled, so wanting to refuse everyone–but if they just read a page and knew it didn’t work, they could toss it aside. At least, that’s what I think. And if they read, say, one a month, or one every two months, that wouldn’t take too much time, would it?
I know some established authors do help others. The children’s and YA writing community especially seems to be a great one. And of course, the more famous an author is, the more requests they’re going to get, so often they have a blanket refusal. But…isn’t there room to help others?
What do you think?
And, if you’re an author who’s gotten blurbs, how did you do it?
Thanks to TerryWhalin at Twitter for the link.