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February 15, 2011

To Blurb or Not to Blurb?

Filed under: Books — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 5:58 pm

By Bill Morris posted at 6:01 am on February 15, 2011

To blurb or not to blurb?

This seemingly innocent question was put to me for the first time a couple of weeks ago when a paperback review copy of a non-fiction book arrived in my mailbox.  I knew it was coming.  The author, Earl Swift, is a former newspaper colleague and an old friend, and he had written earlier to say he was hoping I would give his new book a blurb.  At the time I didn’t even consider saying no because, as a blurb virgin, I thought I was simply being asked to do a friend a small favor.  I had no idea I was agreeing to walk across an artistic, personal and ethical minefield.       …read more

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