In December, I wrote a post about getting book blurbs. But what about a more basic question: How important are book blurbs?
Some consider the process corrupt, with blurbs contributed by friends and even publishers. I have seen some in that category. Reminds me of some Amazon reviews I’ve seen.
I read that agents sometimes ask famous writers to put their name on a pre-written blurb. That was a new one for me. Never saw that listed as an advantage for having an agent!
Are you more likely to go by the blurbs or a friend’s recommendation when purchasing a book?
One take on the subject is that blurbs get the attention of both online and print media reviewers. That’s a valuable bonus that I think makes the process worthwhile. Do you agree?
How do you gracefully turn down a request to write a blurb?