Dear Miss Snark:
My agent is getting ready to shop around the proposal for my fourth book.
An author friend suggested that I solicit author blurbs now to send out with the proposal to editors. You know the type of thing: "Laughed 'til I peed my pants," Carl Hiaason; "Cried 'til I hiccupped," Anita Shreve.
Only problem is, I don't actually know Carl Hiaason or Anita Shreve. I do know some talented authors, well-respected in their genre, more successful than moi, but not household names. Would including blurbs like this make my proposal stand out in the editor's over-flowing in-box, or is this just unicorn stationery by another name?
Appreciating any insights Your Snarkiness can provide,
This is not unicorn stationery.
It's never a bad idea to show that your work has the respect of your peers, and that they will be available to blurb the book itself. And since I know you (ha! you didn't know Miss Snark knew you did you! but she does!) and I've read your novels, I don't think you'll have any trouble.
Just email the authors and introduce yourself. Or write to their agents. I do this stuff all the time. It's one of the fun things.
And don't be discouraged. You're a very good writer. You can quote me!