I have been delighted to learn that one can procure soon-to-be-released books if one is paying attention here and there. I have had this chance on a few occasions, starting with Andrew Peterson’s first novel and then with some others including N.D. Wilson, Jose Conseco, and Jeffrey Overstreet. OK, I made that Conseco part up.
But on one occasion, namely on the occasion of Jeffrey Overstreet’s soon-to-be-released novel Raven’s Ladder, I had a chance to write a “blurb.” If you are confused as to what a blurb is, it is the thing that J.I Packer does. It’s an endorsement, like the stereotypical “Ebert raves, ten thumbs vertical!” That kind of thing.
I have no idea why anyone would want a blurb from me, but I volunteered for it in this case and got my advance copy (not even the real book yet) of Raven’s Ladder.
Side note: The book was, as were the other books in the series, excellent.
Like an idiot I actually forgot the deadline when the publisher wanted the blurb back. I was at a conference and was not in a literary mode at all. But as I gasped and remembered the deadline, I went to my computer and hammered out a hasty paragraph on why I think the book is special (and it is). It took a few minutes, but I had nowhere near the time I wished for, and then sent it off.
I won’t say I’m completely embarrassed by what I wrote. But I did, as is often the case (see this blog, etc.), later find many irritating bits of the blurb that I sincerely wish I could have had another crack at.
Have you ever done that kind of thing?
Go read it and make fun of me. Perhaps you could overuse a few words when you make fun of me. I “fully” understand.
Also, pre-order the book.