Daniel Menaker

Rules for Book Blurbing

Daniel Menaker perfects that illusive perfect book blurb…

1.  Use “I should have known” at the start of any quote you decide to give.  As in “I should have known Meghan Askew would write the best vampire-leprechaun novel of the decade.” Or “I should have known that I should have known that ‘Maura’s Tears’ would sweep me away into a maelstrom of [whatever].”

2. To keep yourself somewhat closer to being honest, use “of the decade” only for books published in years ending in 1. Or 2, at a stretch.

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