So, how does one use a "blurb" from a traditionally published and well regarded author in a query letter?
Should I state under what circumstances the author has come to read and comment on my work? Is that what you are suggesting?
Personally, it makes me cringe to include the blurb; and I've gotten mixed advice from some publishing veterans I know.
Well, first, Miss Snark doesn't really want to be a veteran; Khaki is just not her color.
Here's how to do this:
I took a writing class with Miss Snark at Platypus U in March. She critiqued my work as "bellicose with a certain underground charm".
Miss Snark was kind enough to read my work at a writing conference and commented "you suck but so does everyone else so you should have no trouble finding an agent to sell this".
Miss Snark, who has been my friend since pre birth, ripped this out of my word processor as I wrote it, so eager was she to see what happened.
Well you get the idea: just a phrase about context. When you say "Miss Snark said such and such" I wonder if you're just lifting phrases out of her form rejection letter. Lest you think that is my fevered imagination at work, dig into the archives. It's happened.