Blurbs

Blurbs. Dig around enough in authorly chats and you’ll see that they are an artisanal spring of anxiety and embarrassment for all parties. For the author, having to ask feels a lot like groveling. For the blurber, the potential of being asked to blurb a book that you may end up feeling somewhat blah about is probably terrifying. I had heard so much about the embarrassment of asking other authors for blurbs that I approached the whole thing with a low level sense of dread. Who was I going to ask? Would Jonathan Franzen actually say yes? What about E.M. Forster? Dead, you say? Crap.

Here’s what made it a little easier: after spending some time in book circles online, I found that I did, in fact, know a few people who a) write things in a similar vein to my contemporary middle grade debut, b) had had some kind of interaction/relationship with me previously, c) seemed quite nice and approachable, and d) *super important* whose books I also enjoyed. The point of a blurb isn’t just the words the blurber uses, it’s the association their name makes within the mind of the potential reader: If I like Writer X, I might like this Donnelly person, too.

I’m happy to share two blurbs I’ve received for HOW TO STAGE A CATASTROPHE, from the wonderful middle grade writers Megan Frazer Blakemore and Casey Lyall. (Now that I think about it, they’re also both librarians–selectivity bias on my part, I guess!)

water castle Donnelly grips readers from the first sentence with Sidney Camazzola’s lively, distinctive, and — most of all — funny voice. This debut novel offers action, drama, and mystery in a page-turning adventure worthy of the stage.–Megan Frazer Blakemore, author of THE WATER CASTLE and THE FIREFLY CODE
To read or not to read…is not even a question when it comes to How howard wallace p.i.to Stage a Catastrophe. Enjoy your front row seat as Sidney Camazzola and his quirky cast put on the show of a lifetime. Funny and sweet – this Catastrophe’s a hit!–Casey Lyall, author of HOWARD WALLACE, P.I.

 

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