Asking for blurbs is part of the modern writer’s life, but let me tell you, it is hard to do. You would think I’d have perspective on it by now, especially as I’ve sometimes been approached for blurbs myself (for narrative nonfiction, which I also write). But no… when it comes to my own books, I still feel like I’d rather write the whole thing over again than ask for blurbs.
If you’re utterly convinced of your own brilliance, maybe it’s easier, but I don’t know very many writers who are. Despite putting everything we’ve got into our work, most of us still worry that our books aren’t good enough. And not only not good enough, but maybe so bad that the universe will laugh and we will sink under the shame of it. (Well, that last part might just be me, but you get the picture.)
And asking for blurbs means saying to the writers we most admire – people who shine like goddesses in our personal writing pantheons: “I think your work is wonderful… so would you consider interrupting it to read mine? Will you take a gamble on my work and on me, solely because I think the world of you? And if you like what I’ve done, would you consider taking even more time away from your brilliant book to write something nice about mine?”
Yikes. Can you spell N-E-R-V-E?
But it’s worth getting up the courage to ask. (Even if you’re like me, and it takes you weeks.) Because sometimes when you do, amazing things happen.
As proof, I’m presenting the blurbs for Chantress, every single one of which made me cry with wonder and gratitude. Blessings on the generous writers who offered them!
Wonderfully felt, seen, and dreamed, Greenfield’s debut fantasy is an enchanted read.
Franny Billingsley, National Book Award finalist and author of CHIME
Chantress is one of those rare books that’s so beautifully written you want to read it slowly and savor every word, but the story is so compelling you want to race through the pages! I loved it.
Mary Pearson, author of THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX and THE FOX INHERITANCE
With a spirited heroine, fearsome monsters, and luminous worldbuilding, this story had me hooked from the first page. CHANTRESS is truly enchanting.
Jessica Spotswood, author of BORN WICKED
Chantress is like the best kind of magic – absorbing, mysterious, and delightful.
Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award winning author of WHEN YOU REACH ME, FIRST LIGHT and LIAR & SPY
A pure and elevated pleasure, like strawberries of the perfect ripeness or a gorgeous aria. In Greenfield’s gripping fantasy novel the menace is palpable, and the practice of magic is described in such an evocative and haunting manner that I yearned to hear it. This exploration of the costs of a fear-based society and the real but worthwhile risks of freedom is deeply relevant to our times.
Katherine Sturtevant, author of AT THE SIGN OF THE STAR and A TRUE AND FAITHFUL NARRATIVE
Chantress is a beguiling and mesmerizing story, full of mystery and song. From the first word, I was enchanted by Amy Butler Greenfield’s unique twist on English history and by her compelling, magical, and loveable heroine, Lucy.
Nancy Werlin, NYT-bestselling author of IMPOSSIBLE and EXTRAORDINARY