Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My first blurb!

Color me excited! (I think that's alzarin crimson with a touch of cadmium yellow.) I've just received my first blurb for Hounded from fantasy author Ari Marmell:

"Offering a page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic, Hounded is perhaps one of the most fun debuts I've read in a good long while. I don't know what Hearne has planned for the future, but I'll be watching for more."

Woohoo! Happy dance bereft of grace! Cute puppies! Hot chocolate with marshmallows! Thanks, Ari!

I don't actually know Ari. Somebody at Del Rey who knows somebody knows Ari, and they asked him if he'd be willing to read Hounded and maybe write a little something if he thought it was nifty. He said yes because it's always good to rack up Karma Points. He got absolutely nothing out of doing this besides Karma Points—not even something cheap and nasty, like a convenience store hot dog. Authors do this sort of thing because they hope that someday, somebody else will read their book and say nice things about it too. If they don't like a book, they don't lie and say they did—what would be the point? There's no upside to recommending a snorefest to people; it damages your credibility. That's why I'm so grateful for this blurb; he didn't have to say any of that, but he did.

Several other people are taking a look at the book and may offer blurbs down the road. If/when they come in, I'll be sure to share. ;-)


  1. Congratulations!! That's an excellent blurb!!

  2. Before we are published I don't think we even dare to dream of reaching the stage you are at - we're more concerned with dreaming about getting published in the first place. However, I can imagine how exciting it must feel. I try to think of receiving a nice blurb from a Dennis McKiernan or a Terry Brooks!