Calling anyone who knows Anthony Bourdain…
Day 22 of the 5-Week Author Blog Challenge asks participants to let the world in on who they’d like to have endorse their books. All 35 posts for this Challenge will be focused on writing, publishing, and book marketing. I hope you’ll stick around through all 35 posts. And if you want to take part, come on in – the water is great! You can register here.
Day 22 writing prompt:
If you could ask anyone in the world to write a blurb for your book, who would it be? Why that person/people? How did/will you go about reaching them? Yes – really!
I don’t remember where I learned this nugget, but it’s the best damned piece of advice I’ve ever received – or given to every single one of my clients. Or, as my friend Connie Kadansky puts it, “Get your ask in gear.”
So the question at hand is who I would ask to write a blurb for Stan Finds Himself on the Other Side of the World. This question, too, began as an icebreaker for a Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion networking-only event. And, like the question about which song best represents your book, this one got people talking – as intended.
Strangely, it took me longer than I’d have thought to come up with the right person to ask for an endorsement of Stan, but once I arrived there, I was sure I’d hit on the perfect person: Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, and host of CNN’s popular show, “Parts Unknown.” Will he be challenging to get to? Perhaps – but maybe someone who’s just two degrees of separation from him is reading this very post! Stranger things have most certainly happened.
One person quipped that Bourdain isn’t the most loquacious guy to go seeking a blurb from. No worries. Regardless of how tight-lipped or busy he may be, all I need for him to do is put his name behind three little words: “Read this book!”
So if anyone reading this lives next door to the college kid who babysits Bourdain’s daughter … ahem, I’d really, really, really appreciate an introduction.
Certainly there are others … and I’ll make a short list. But I’m going to put my intention behind this one and leave the rest up to the book marketing angels.
One thing I know is that I’d better get started now. Even when the person you ask does say yes, it can take a while – sometimes a long while – for them to come through with the promised blurb or endorsement. Keep asking – gently. There’s a nearly invisible line between nagging enough to get what you need and facing a stalking charge.
Please be sure to check in again tomorrow, when I’ll fantasize about having a beer with Stan…
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Here’s to wonderful writing surprises!
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