Getting a "Blurb" to Help You Page Forward

May 04, 2011

Finally I"m back. I have been locked out of my blog since September 2010. Problems with the password. Thankfully all is resolved.

Now let's talk about....Blurbs.

Blurbs are sometimes represented as the testimonial that is given in regard to the value of the content in your book. They also give a testimonial about the quality of your writing. Basically, blurbs tell readers that buying your book is "okay". They give readers encouragement.

When readers find the encouragement they need to purchase your book, you find the motivation to continue to page forward your writing thoughts and to continue on your journey to publication. One bestseller leads to another bestseller.

Celebrity blurbs can be great if readers see value in their testimonial. Is a Celebrity known for a particular cause that is highlighted in your book? Readers will then see the value in their blurb.

Getting other authors to write a blurb about your book is another great way to encourage readers to invest in your journey to Page Forward.

How to ask for the "Blurb".

1. Create a Simple Cover Letter-Use their First and Last name and Please don't misspell it.

2. A Finished Copy of Your Book or Galley

3. Suggestions for Blurbs that Work for Your Type of Book (Provide a few sample templates).

4. Include a self-addressed-stamped envelope for them to mail you back the blurb that will help you Page Forward.

5. A good outline of the chapters in your book.

Still Waiting for the Blurb"?

Follow-up with him or her after a couple of weeks if you still haven't heard back. Be kind. Remind them why you are asking and how your book ties in with a cause or organization that they endorse.

When offering compliments, do it sincerely.

Blurb in hand, Now What?

It's good practice to place the "blurb" on the back of your book. Include it in any marketing material and post it on your website. Use the verbiage from the blurb as you received, if at all possible. If the requested blurb is too long to fit properly, try to extract a simple sentence or two that you can use. Use caution here, you don't want to misrepresent, reword or distort the intentions of the author of the blurb.

I hope this tidbit of information helps all of you to Page Forward your writing thoughts in 2011!

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