STATUS: Hooray! It’s a normal day at the office. No flaming bonfires raging wildly out of control or anything. The two outstanding contracts are close to being complete. I’m doing some reading, some submission follow up, talking to clients. All the fun stuff.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? ME EVERY CHANGING MOODS by The Style Council
Here’s a final blurb question. What if you, a published author, are asked to blurb a work and you would like to decline? What do you then say?
Never burn bridges. Always be appreciative and polite because publishing is a small world. Even if you’re thinking, “this is the worst freaking book I’ve read in years.”
You keep that to yourself!
This should be common sense but I’m constantly amazing at how often sense isn’t common. So how to politely say NO to a blurb request.
1. Not the right author for the blurb. If the manuscript is dark and edgy and you as the author only write light and sweet, highlight that as your reason (or insert other similar scenarios). A blurb from you might confuse or alienate your audience. It’s true and no one can take offense.
2. The looming deadline. All authors and editors understand this one and it’s often true. A lot of authors simply can’t squeeze the reading time in if they are on deadline.
3. The oblique but true response. Stay general in sentiment such as the “you just didn’t fall in love with the story response but were very much honored to have been considered and you wish the other author well.”
Happy blurbing (or not as the case may be) folks!