Dear Miss Snark
I'm doing a proofreading favor for a multi-published author who was my writing inspiration when I was younger. The job will take about 20 hours of my time. This author has won the top awards in her genre, which is also my genre. If and when my book finds an agent (I've had some serious interest) and a publisher, there's nothing I'd like more than to have this author blurb my book. However, I don't know her personally - I'm just doing this job through a recommendation.
I don't want to inconvenience the author but it seems like an opportunity I can't pass up. How do I ask for a blurb? I was thinking of something along the lines of: "If I get a publisher, please would you blurb my book?" Then she doesn't even have to read the book until it's sold (indicating, presumably, that it's worth her time), and I get to throw around her name during my agent search, and my agent gets to throw around her name while finding a publisher.
So - how do I word the request? Alternatively, I could ask her to blurb the book right now so I can quote her, but that might be asking too much.
You don't have an agent, you don't have a publisher.
Most authors won't even consider looking at a book till it's got a deal attached. I specifically forbid my authors from reading unpublished work like this.
Do your job.
Do it REALLY well.
IF you get an agent and a publisher, you can put this author on your list of people to ask for blurbs, reminding her of the favor you did for her with proofing.
If you want some names to throw around during submissions get some pub credits.