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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Writers Tip for Prelaunch Blurb

I don't know if I have ever seen the idea of blurbs (also called endorsements, bullets, praise, and sometimes excerpts when they are excerpted from reviews) used before a book's release, except blurbs by those who have read the book in order to provide praise for the book's cover or something like this. But I've always suggested that authors consider the nice things their readers and others say to them about their books in an e-mail--sort of "unsolicited" praise.  This one came from one of my SharingwithWriters newsletter subscribers (http://bit.ly/SWWNewsletter). I asked her if I could share it:


“I think Getting Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically will sell like hot cakes. It’s a chicken and egg situation. When you get reviews you get noticed and more people notice you from that. But how to get reviews without paying sometimes hundreds of dollars with no guarantee and how to ask without being a nuisance puts authors in a quandary. I will be first in line when it comes out! Please keep me posted!!!!” ~ Fiona Ingram, award winning children’s author of The Chronicles of the Stone middle grade adventure series,   http://www.chroniclesofthestone.com

I bet you could use something like this before your book's launch. But, of course, you have to think about it and it's a hard habit to get into. (-: 

PS: How to Get Great Book Reviews will be released this fall as an e-book and paper book. 
 Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

1 comment:

  1. Great tip, Carolyn. Thanks for sharing! I shared it. One tip though, if you include an image at the top of your posts, they can be shared to Pinterest.


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