Just some thoughts on authors and cover blurbs as publication day approaches for my collection of essays, “Man Has Premonition of Own Death: My ancestor’s strange demise and other mortal matters.”
Authors Christian Bauman (‘The Ice Beneath You,’ ‘Voodoo Lounge’ and In Hoboken’), Greg Lichtenberg (‘Playing Catch with My Mother’) and Michael N. McGregor (‘Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax) all wrote wonderful cover blurbs for my upcoming book.
Yes, I know them all to some degree, from 30 year friend (Chris) to Greg (became friends when we met twice as fellows at the Va. Center for the Creative Arts and Michael (email, as we both knew the great poet Lax).
But here’s the things to remember:
1) Most writers won’t and can’t write blurbs; it takes too much time away from their own writing: It’s not the two or three paragraphs they write; it’s the chunk of time it takes to read the manuscript.
2. Their good names and reputations are on the line. They mayvtruly like your book — or maybe not. If they write a good blurb, and then the book sucks, they damage their own careers. Finally, there is the actual writing of the blurb — try liking something, then describing it in 15-40 words!!!
So thank you – thank you – thank you to Michael, Greg and Chris!!!