Wednesday, November 12, 2014

THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING Gets a Blurb

Actually, THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING got this blurb a while ago, but I haven't really appreciated it until now. When this blurb rolled in, I didn't understand that most authors won't have the time or inclination to read the books they're asked to blurb, and even the ones that do might not--or probably won't--be willing to put their names on it for a host of reasons. So this blurb from Tricia Springstubb, who wrote WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET (among other things), has come to mean a lot to me:

"Krista Van Dolzer gives us a treasure in Ella Mae Higbee, a think-for-yourself, do-it-yourself heroine sure to win hearts. Like most of us, Ella Mae believes she knows the difference between right and wrong, until life and truth prove to be much more complicated. This is a story brimming with empathy, humor, forgiveness, and wisdom about what it means to be truly, fully human."

Ms. Springstubb picked up on everything I'd hoped a reader would pick up on, then expressed it in a beautiful, straightforward way. I'm not a hugger, but if I ever meet Ms. Springstubb, I might not be able to resist.

8 comments:

Ben Spendlove said...

Yeah, that's good. May 5th, eh? Just hovering over the Pre-Order button on B&N.com, but I'll probably wait until January.

Tara Dairman said...

Oh, that's a wonderful blurb, Krista! She really DID get it! :)

Megan Reyes said...

Oh, how fun!! :) Somehow I missed it was available for pre-order, so I only just now ordered.

So I'm super curious... how do book blurbs happen? Do you get to request authors, or does your publisher take care of all that?

Well, that's very exciting, and I can't wait to read it!!!!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

I know what you mean, Ben. May 5 seems like forever away, so there's certainly no rush. (I intend to pre-order several copies, too, but I still haven't hit that pre-order button, either.)

Didn't she, Tara? I couldn't have said it better if I'd written it myself.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Megan! And as for your questions, blurbs happen in several ways, but in this case, Kate, Shauna, and I powwowed to come up with a list of names, so we all had input. From there, we decided who could best reach out to each author and divvied up the list that way. Since Kate's and Shauna's connections run a lot deeper than mine, they handled most of the asking, but that's probably just as well. ("Will you please read my book and maybe say something nice about it?" *sticks finger up nose*)

JeffO said...

Very nice!

Heather said...

Yay for this very insightful and complimentary blurb! You must be so excited. :)

Rebecca Gomez said...

That's wonderful, Krista!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks, all!