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Monday, March 23, 2009

I can't believe today is it--the last day before Something, Maybe is officially in stores, although I'm extremely thrilled to say that it already appears to be in them! (WHOOO!)

One day to go and I have one last thing to share about Something, Maybe--and all books, really--and that's blurbs.

Getting a blurb is a big deal because--well, who doesn't want to have a famous author say something nice about their book? Plus they're very important when you're a new author because a good blurb can make bookstores really take notice!

I've been very fortunate when it comes to blurbs, but Something, Maybe will always have a special place in my heart because Sarah Dessen blurbed it, and you all know how much I adore her books! (And yes, that entry is really from 2006--and I still remember being first in line to get her autograph at BEA!)

So today, in honor of Sarah's lovely blurb, I'm giving one lucky person copies of Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby!

For your chance to win, tell me how you feel about blurbs because...well, to be honest, I've always wondered how everyone else feels about them! Are they something you notice when you pick up a book or you're thinking about getting it?

Tell me what you think about blurbs by midnight tonight and then one lucky person will win all those books! (And congrats to yesterday's winner, Ann Diana Dinh (check your spam folder for my message to you because hotmail hates me!))

Today's the last day of the countdown and I want to thank all of you for being part of it--I've had so much fun, and I hope you have too.

Also! If you happen to pick up a copy of Something, Maybe, be sure to hold on to your receipt and stay tuned...Out-Of-This-World contest details tomorrow!!!


Blogger The Voter said...

I've never really noticed blurbs, but sometimes when I do, it's really cool to see an author that others admire to be good to new and upcoming authors.

March 23, 2009 8:19 AM  
Blogger madison said...

Blurbs...Mixed feelings about them.

If I've never heard of the author, then the blurb is meaningless to me. If I've heard of the author who blurbed and my friends have recommended his or her books, the blurb is somewhat meaningless but worth considering. If I've heard of the author and love his or her books, then I do consider the blurb, but it's not the deciding factor. Usually, my friends' recommendations and reviews take precedence, and I'd have to be interested in the book for the blurb to hold any power. If the book doesn't seem interesting to me, a good blurb won't make me buy it.

But in one case, one of my favorite books is being blurbed by an author I dislike, and I can't help but be annoyed and a little upset because I just feel like this is way more of a publicity thing to sell more books. Which, yeah, I know blurbs are usually for that reason, but...I just love that book so much, so I just can't be okay with the blurb.

But I don't think a blurb from an author I dislike will keep me from reading a book that seems interesting and/or my friends have raved about.

March 23, 2009 8:22 AM  
Blogger H said...

I think I notice the blurb, but don't pay any attention unless it's an author I know and love (like Sarah Dessen -- you met her!?) I kind of then expect the book to be similar to the 'blurber's' books. On the other hand, if it's an author whose books I didn't like, I wouldn't be particularly put off because you could be a bad writer and still have good taste as a reader.
If it's an author I know but haven't read, I pay less attention (Stephenie Meyer blurbed the Hunger Games and that didn't really affect my choice)
So yeah, it does influence me, but only if I love the other author, and only ever positively so I guess it's a good thing to do.

March 23, 2009 8:24 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I do look at blurbs. I'm the kind of reader that even reads the publication stuff inside, who designed the front cover, everything haha. I think it's a lot more affective to have a blurb done by another author then anything else. That way readers I think, will pay closer attention, especially if it's Sarah Dessen. (I love her too! And it's awesome what she says about Something, Maybe.)

And no need to enter me in the contest, I already own all three. :D

March 23, 2009 8:56 AM  
Blogger Janssen said...

I do look at the blurbs, but I don't think it's a deciding factor for me. It is cool, though, to see a bunch of blurbs by authors I admire and it generally will make me MORE excited for the book.

Oh man, I love Sarah Dessen!

March 23, 2009 9:10 AM  
Blogger bridget3420 said...

I do look at blurbs and sometimes they help me decide whether or not to get a book. That's only if I'm on the fence about it though. If it's something I'm interested in, I'll read it no matter what the blurb says.

March 23, 2009 9:36 AM  
OpenID Kate at Read This Book! said...

I don't usually pay a lot of attention to the book. The synopsis is all I read. And then I stare and stare at the cover for a long time before deciding whether to buy it or not. LOL! xD But lately I've been paying more attention to blurbs. Haha.



March 23, 2009 10:14 AM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

i can understand why blurbs are so important to an author, or to book sellers but I don't pay a ton of attention to them. I pick up a book based on the synopsis (or the cover) and it usually isn't until I read the book and form my own opinion that I really pay attention to the blurb.

March 23, 2009 10:28 AM  
Blogger Polo.Pony said...

I think its neat when an author that is really well known writes a blurb for a book. Like Meg Cabot, or Sarah Dessen. When you know an author that writes like they do likes your book, then thats a good sign I think!


March 23, 2009 11:03 AM  
OpenID journal-of-jo said...

I always read the blurbs, and I get excited when it it is by an author I love. I have found that if a favorite author likes it, I usually end up liking it, too.

** I ordered Something, Maybe for my birthday as a birthday present from me to me (March 22nd - I'm 23!) and Amazon promises it is on its way to me! I'm excited! **

March 23, 2009 11:26 AM  
Blogger Thao said...

This is sad, no more countdown fun : ( I'm getting used to finding something interesting along with a chance to win cool books everyday on your blog. But hey, I should be happy cos the book finally comes out ^^

About the question, I don't think blurbs affect my decision on whether to buy a book or not. An interesting synopsis is all it takes to get me hooked. But I do read all the blurbs - I love reading anything besides the content of the story: blurbs, acknowledgements, ect...they excite me a lot, whenever I spot a familiar name I always squeal, it's like getting closer to the authors you love.

Those 3 books of Sarah Dessen are so delicious, I've always wanted to read This Lullaby. Thanks for the great chance Elizabeth!

March 23, 2009 11:26 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I look at blurbs but they aren't the first--or even the second or third--thing I notice about a book. The cover. The jacket description/teaser. The first sentence/first paragraph.

If a blurb is from an author I adore--Sarah Dessen or Scott Westerfeld or the like--then I might pick up the book even if I wasn't initially drawn to it.

Blurbs typically don't lead me to buy a book. But they do lead me to check a book out of the library.

One thing that draws me to a book are blog reviews. If I see a blogger that I trust just loves this or that...then I'm going to seek it out. I equate these as book recommendations from friends. I've always paid attention to word-of-mouth.

March 23, 2009 11:42 AM  
OpenID luckygirl1112 said...

Cool. I'm going to get Something, Maybe. The thing I notice about blurbs is when I look at a book I notice the cover then I read to blurbs. I like reading the blurbs because it tells me if I will like the book or not. So in other words I take a lot of notice in the blurbs.

March 23, 2009 11:48 AM  
Blogger the epic rat said...

Blurbs are hit-and-miss for me! I'd be super-psyched if a book I wrote got someone I admire to write a blurb for, but I am very far from that point (if I ever get there).

However, I do take more notice if Meg Cabot, Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Robin Hobb, etc. (basically anyone I read and really like) writes blurbs for books that I'm browsing at. But it defeats the point when it seems like they give a blurb for everything.

What I appreciate more is if they highlight the book on their blog or provide a great review on it. Now THAT speaks volumes more than a short blurb.

cecilia | cecpham(at)gmail.com

March 23, 2009 11:51 AM  
Blogger bookboy28 said...

I certainly do look at blurbs, but it probably works in the reverse for me. Many times I'll look into the authors who write the blurbs.

For instance, I already know your stuff, but am not too familiar with Dessen's work. Since she wrote about you, I might now check out her stuff because I assume you both write stories I would be interested in reading.

March 23, 2009 12:10 PM  
OpenID runforamsterdam said...

i always read blurbs, and when i'm browsing a book store and see an author i love blurbing a book a haven't seen before, i always get interested.
i want to be an author one day, and maybe some kid browsing a book store will say, "ooohh, (so-and-so) blurbed this dude's book."

don't enter me into the contest though. i've already read all of Sarah Dessen's books.


March 23, 2009 1:37 PM  
OpenID biblauragraphy said...

I do pay attention to blurbs, especially if they're by an author whose work I've enjoyed. But I think they're rarely the thing that makes me want to read the book - it takes something a little bit more in depth than a typical blurb to get me to pick up the book most of the time. But a good blurb by a good author will probably make me curious to learn more about the book.

twonickelsoradime at gmail

March 23, 2009 2:19 PM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

I love reading blurbs. If one of my favorite authors recommends a book, i'm more likely to pick it up. I've seen a couple of blurbs from Scott Westerfeld and I was like, "well if he likes it, i'm sure i will!". I think it's very cool that Sarah Dessen blurbed your new book, because she's one of my faves as well, so it makes me all the more excited for Something, Maybe! I work at Barnes and Noble, and we have it in our new release display, so i love recommending it to people! Yay!

faithfulbrowneyes at yahoo.com

March 23, 2009 2:26 PM  
Blogger katayoun said...

if there is blurb by an author that i like, then i definitely take notice. like a blurb by sarah dessen is a definite yes, or if u see gaiman's name somewhere in all probability i'll buy the book.

March 23, 2009 2:58 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Personally, I really like blurbs. If I haven't heard of a book, then I read the back and check out the blurbs.

CONGRATS on the release!!! Your books are amazing and I can't wait to read Something, Maybe!

March 23, 2009 3:11 PM  
Blogger curlywho123 said...

Blurbs, as well as reviews by readers, do sometimes affect whether or not I'll buy a book. The reason why is that if the blurb is from an author I respect, then I know that the book probably isn't bad. However, I don't just buy a book based off of the blurb... and it kind of depends on the mood I am in whether I take the blurb into account during the book buying process. Regardless, it would be a lie if I said that I don't notice blurbs.

March 23, 2009 3:21 PM  
Blogger Iryna said...

The blurb is usually the first thing I notice, other then the title. Even if I don't know the author, I give them the benefit of the doubt.

Ahhh! I'm SO excited for the release date!


March 23, 2009 3:58 PM  
OpenID insidehabit said...

Don't really look at blurbs. I usually base my decision on other stuff - like cover, author, etc. Wow Something Maybe is finally (almost) here. Yay! :D

March 23, 2009 4:07 PM  
OpenID sammyjones57 said...

First I have to say it's been awesome reading more and more about Something, Maybe as the countdown winds to an end!

When it comes to blurbs - I'm a little mixed on them. They are eye catching and if some of my favorite authors comment on them, I'm more in likely to give it a closer look. Then again, sometimes there can be blurbs on a book by authors I have no clue about and I'll still give it a look just by how the back cover is. And actually the more I think of it, I do enjoy reading blurbs. It's kind of like a short one lined mini review.


March 23, 2009 4:31 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I like blurbs. They get me excited to read a book and I like it when a author I like writes one because it lets me know if I'll like it. I don't like it when someone I don't like says nice things for some reason. I like when New York Times or something big like that says something good it gets me even more excited.
Sometimes I don't listen to the blurbs I just listen to what other people have to say and see if they like it.
I haven't read any of Sarah Dessans books (I feel left out) and have been wanting to for a while.



March 23, 2009 4:49 PM  
Blogger deltay said...

I don't always notice the blurbs either, but sometimes, if it's an author whose work I've read and enjoyed greatly, then it's pretty exciting. Like, "oh yeah, so-and-so liked it, so it's probably really good" so I guess it has a little more swaying power in terms of inclination to pick it up.

That's wonderful though, getting a blurb from Sarah Dessen!

March 23, 2009 4:51 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Well sometimes I look at blurbs but not really. If I want a book i'll get the book and its not really affected by the blurbs. Unless the author is one of my favorities then I might take a notice to them. I look at other things like the cover, the summary in the back and the author.

Wow only 1 day left!!! I checked this weekend for Something, Maybe in my bookstore but they didnt have it yet.


March 23, 2009 5:06 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

I've picked up a book more than once solely on the blurbs alone. If a favorite author of mine, sits up and takes notice of another. I'm likely to check out the author they're blurbing about.

I definitely think they boost sales on books. To me it's propels a book upward. Thanks for this opportunity. Congratulations on "Something, Maybe" official debut tomorrow! Indigo


March 23, 2009 5:11 PM  
Blogger xdaisyx said...

Sometimes I may look at blurbs or do not. They do not really matter to me in terms of buying a book, but it is good to know what other people think of the book.

I'm excited as well!


March 23, 2009 5:13 PM  
Blogger Ann Diana Dinh, said...

I guess I don't really pay attention to blurbs. It's only when I'm really bored and just "explore" around with the book. But it's not something I usually look at.


March 23, 2009 5:26 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

I like to read blurbs when the author who comments on the book is a favourite of mine. It makes me excited and want to read the book I'm holding some more! =D And it gives me an impression of what I should be expecting.

March 23, 2009 5:44 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

Honestly, I sometimes read blurbs, but I think its fun when I see a blurb by an author I know


March 23, 2009 6:38 PM  
Blogger Pretty said...

I like blurbs. They're fun to read. I always read them for some reason. However, I pay more attention to the synopsis.


March 23, 2009 7:48 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

i always look at blurbs especially if i like the author. I'm always interested in upcoming books etc.

March 23, 2009 8:21 PM  
Blogger A Literate Musician said...

If I see a book that I don't know much about, I always read the blurbs. If it's a good review by someone I like, I'll pick it up.

March 23, 2009 9:40 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love blurbs. I don't know if they make me buy a book any more then I normally would, but it's fun to see what the blurbs say and who is saying them as they vary from book to book...genre to genre...you know? It's cool. And yay for your Sarah Dessen blurb!!!

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

March 23, 2009 9:42 PM  
Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I really like blurbs and I've picked up books because of them. If an author I like blurbs on a book, I'm going to look at it and most likely give it a chance. I remember a blurb that compared Alyson Noel's Saving Zoe to Veronica Mars and I just knew I had to read that book because of that-I'm so glad I did because it's now one of my favorites and it introduced me to a great author.
The only time I don't like blurbs is when I'm excited to read the book because of the blurb but then the book lets me down. I know everyone has varying opinions, but I like to think that the authors I like have the same taste in books as I do.
For the most part I like them and I think they help me make a decision on the book because it tells me more about it.

March 23, 2009 10:16 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

It depends on the blurb... Sometimes they can be disappointing if they lead you to think something about a book that is totally different from its actual content, but most of the time they get me excited about a book and give me an idea what it's about.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

March 23, 2009 11:21 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

Doh...got home late...oh well, either way...

For the most part, blurbs are something I rarely notice. I might notice it if I'm admiring the cover of a book I've just bought right before I crack it open to read.

March 24, 2009 1:07 AM  
Blogger Michelle Kuo said...

Wow I love Sarah Dessen! I think that when it comes to blurbs, I only bother looking at them when it's from an author I like or when so many other people say the book is good. When it's from authors I like, then I figure that they would like reading the type of books that they write, so it must be good! :) But then when it comes to people I never heard of or they write books that I'm not the least bit interested in, I might read the blurb but not bother putting that book in my wishlist..


March 24, 2009 2:56 AM  

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