Ready to blurb… but should I?

I’m facing a bit of a dilemma. Well, ok, not really a dilemma, more of a bit of uncertainty. I’m getting close(r) to having my manuscript in a state where I’m ready to submit it to agents/publishers, and I’ve written several versions of my blurb.

So here’s my question: Should I blurt out my blurb on my blog? Bleh.

(On a less serious note, should I leave alliteration alone a little? 😉 )

I’m well aware that the chances are overwhelmingly against my manuscript ever being so hugely successful (even if it’s really as awesome as I believe it to be) that anyone will care whether the blurb was already “out there”, but on the off-chance that against all odds I do get extremely lucky with finding the right person to read my work, can it hurt to put up some initial versions of a blurb on a blog site?

Hmm… I sort of doubt it, but if you have any experience with this sort of thing, or just an educated opinion, please let me know in the comments!

About Amos M. Carpenter

Web dev by day, author by night, and generally interested in (and opinionated about) way too many things.

Posted on 9 November, 2015, in Publishers, Tips, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m not sure I understand the question. Why wouldn’t you? Even if you submit to a trad pub, they won’t care about the blurb being out there, but whether you’ve already published it or not, right?

    • My only concern was that if I end up having to change things about my story, or I’m advised not to reveal a specific detail in the blurb, I won’t be able to completely take back what’s on my blog (waybackmachine, etc.). So I was trying to follow the advice of Robin Hobb’s character, King Shrewd: “Don’t do what you can’t undo until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.” 😉

      But I suspect you’re right, and I’m probably silly to worry about a snowball-in-hell-chance “what if” scenario. Thanks for your input, Nicholas – I think I’ll have another blog post out in the next day or two.

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