Saturday, October 27, 2007

Endorsements and Quotes

My agent sent out a questionnaire to all his clients. One of the questions was, what known authors do you think would be willing to give you an endorsement or a quote for your book?

The key word that stuck out to me was "known" and I wasn't sure how to define it. I could probably ask, but I would think that it could mean different things to different people. You don't necessarily want or need a quote from someone just because they are published. You want their name on your book because they have readers who might want to read your book if they like reading the author that has endorsed you.

This brings me to another question. Do you want to approach friends you know well, but who may not write anything in your genre? Their readers wouldn't necessarily be drawn to your work if you write something different, right? Thus, is my dilemma. A lot of people that I converse with don't write what I write. The writers that I want to ask, may be too big of an author to ask, or I don't know them well enough to ask.

Which brings me to another question. If you've interviewed an author on your blog, communicated by email, met at a conference, maybe even shared a lunch table with them and other authors, does that make you a close enough friend or acquaintance to make this request of them?

What is the protocol to making these requests? Should we wait until the contract offer? By then the people we want an endorsement from may be tied up with a deadline. Time could be an issue, not that they don't want to do it. So should we be seeking endorsements before the contract? Can you tell that my mind is now a chaos of worry and wondering? This blog is filled with more questions than information. I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Good questions, Jenn, and interesting post.

    It will be interesting to learn what you find out.

  2. Hi Jenn,
    I don't know if there are any right or wrong answers to this post. I've heard different things. I know a suspense author whose first book came out last year and she had a big name chick-lit author endorse her suspense book. They are friends, and she felt the other author's name would be a great asset.
    I'm not sure at what point you would purse getting a quote. Usually there is a long period of time between actually selling the book and when it goes to print. I think you would have enough time to get endorsements.
    But I'm interested to hear what others say also?

  3. I would love to hear the answers that come from this post. You are asking exactly the right questions.