To Blurb or Not to Blurb. Is that a question? Yes, yes it is.
THIS BOOKS IS THE BESSSSSSSST!
Have you read these things:
“Big Name Author” raves about “X” author’s new novel:
“I’ve seen the future of __and it is “x”!”
“Unbelievable….Full of surprises.”
“Original, gritty, gives Dan Brown a run for his money!”
Okay, that last one might be funny to some, but I’m a foot-in-the-closet Dan Brown fan (Don’t hate me because I like fast flowing fluff–or do. I don’t really care).
Here’s why I dislike blurbs, especially “Big Name Author” blurbs. Like that old Gin Blossoms song says, “if you don’t expect too much from me, you might not be let down.” See, when BNA tells me this book is amazing and groundbreaking, and then I go in with this in mind and it ends up not meeting those lofty Gin Blossoms, I feel jipped. And lied to. And duped!
Never trust a man who wears a turtleneck and carries a tambourine.
Why am I ranting about this? I’ll tell you. My debut novel is weeks away from release. I’m working hard on the cover copy so as to entice “constant reader” to choose my book over the next one. I submit this carefully crafted piece of work to my publisher and find out that the publisher wants to put blurbs on the back cover….and that’s it. After asking why, my publisher says, “just a style thing, but if you want to go with the old fashioned cover copy that would be fine”. I’m paraphrasing here, but that’s the gist of the conversation.
I have a friend who has offered to do a blurb for my book. He’s very respectable here in our horror community, but he’s also a friend. And as much as I appreciate his support and enthusiasm to help me out, it just feels off to me. I don’t want someone else telling you how good or special my book is. I want the writing, the characters, and the story to do that. There’s an Aerosmith song called, “Let the Music Do the Talking”. Pretty much how I feel, too.
This is not intended to offend those of you with these great blurbs from BNA. Sometimes, they hit the mark–straight and true–and the book lives up to the hype. I’m strange. I‘m just going to march to my own drum and keep my Gin Blossoms in the stereo and my Dan Brown on the shelf where everyone can see it. If you read my book later this summer and you decide you like it, I won’t cry if you leave a review on Amazon or private message me that you enjoyed it. That’s good enough for me.
My debut novel, The Haunted Halls, will be released next month from James Ward Kirk Publishing.
AEROSMITH- “Let the Music Do the Talking”