STATUS: I think I need more hours in the day.
What’s playing on the iPod or the XM radio right now? OBLIVIOUS by Aztec Camera
(haven’t heard this song in years!)
Most authors remember their humble beginnings and really do want to pay it forward by offering a blurb to a newer writer. They remember vividly what it’s like to be in those shoes! It’s part of the writer’s code.
Even with noble intentions, most writers who experience success end up having to put a moratorium on offering blurbs for a couple of reasons. It can be something as simple as receiving so many requests, it ends up not being physically possible. Sometimes it comes down to politics and the only way to be fair is to simply say NO to everyone that asks.
So just a couple of things to keep in mind if you are a writer requesting a blurb.
1. Make it personal. The blurb requests that are seriously considered come from authors who include a heartfelt note as to why they are making this request to this particular author. Trust me, it makes a difference.
2. Follow the established protocol if one is stated. Authors often publically say that requests must be channeled via the agent or editor (even if you have a personal connection to that successful author). If it’s not publically stated, always offer to go through the agent or editor if that is what the author preferred.
(The hardest part for successful authors is feeling guilty about turning down a request. Some opt to place a moratorium instead just to avoid the complications of feeling guilty or the difficulty of saying no. It’s a terribly awkward place to be in.)
3. If the response is a NO, be professional and gracious. Should go without saying but you’d be surprise at some of the responses received.
Some day (and hopefully soon), you just might be in those successful author shoes facing the dilemma: to blurb or not to blurb!