call for established writers to read newbies and give blurbs when they like the work

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.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to call for established writers to read newbies and give blurbs when they like the work

  1. Jo says:

    Before my book came out I tried to get a blurb from a few authors I admired (Pullman, Sachar were two). Eva Ibbotson, who has become a sort of mentor for me, did write me a lovely endorsement but she asked me only to use it for my writing workshops as she didn’t want to be inundated with requests. In the end I was blurbed by two wonderful writers (Alison Gaylin and Abigail Thomas) I’m lucky to know who are outside my kid lit genre but are mothers and grandmother. Not sure how helpful it was in the end but it sure was nice of them.

  2. Cheryl says:

    That’s really cool, Jo, that you got those endorsements. Good for you that you asked! I think some readers notice them.

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