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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-08 12:52
Subject: [books] Reading a little bit of this and that
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I have recently read three forthcoming books for blurb, and enjoyed them all in substantially different ways. beth_bernobich's Passion Play (a very artful and elegant secondary world fantasy with some pleasing similarities to bram452's Long Price Quartet); klingonguy's Buffalito Destiny (a funny, slapdash SF adventure combining the Mayan eschaton, radical environmentalism, and Schoen's delightfully cockeyed sense of humor); and Black Blade Blues by bravado111 (a very appealing Norse-derived urban fantasy set in the Seattle area). I've also promised to look at a novel by stina_leicht.

I think that about fills up my blurb quotient for the year. I will consider further requests, but will be very picky indeed about investing the time and focus required to do a decent blurb. Still, it's fun, and I love supporting newer writers.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: barbhendee
Date: 2009-03-08 21:05 (UTC)
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Oh, Jay, you're a better man than me!

I love to help new writers too, but about two years ago, we started getting hit with requests from editors we didn't even know. We'd sometimes come home to find manuscripts on our doorstep with requests from editors for a blurb.

We've cut this down to about three books a year--and only for friends or for one of the three editors we've worked with.

You're awesome to do so many in such a short span (but I couldn't have said no to John Pitts either).
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User: beth_bernobich
Date: 2009-03-08 22:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Beak Bird
And thank you for the very shiny blurb!

(Small picky note: there's an underscore in my LJ handle: beth_bernobich.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-08 22:33 (UTC)
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Not picky, important! And fixed!
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User: bram452
Date: 2009-03-08 22:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But I was hoping to completely flood you with books and then guilt trip you into not reading anything outside the genre or for pleasure for the rest of the year *and* praise me in public for doing so.

But now, you thwart me. You are a hard-hearted man. My plans for destroying your productivity must become more subtle.

Oh. Hey. Do you have an Xbox?
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Jay Lake: jay-eye
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-03-08 22:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Muah ha ha ha. X-what?
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Lawrence M. Schoen: Eye
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-03-09 13:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Funny thing, Daniel, I had a similar plan, but mine was a bit farther-reaching.

Seriously, why settle for destroying just Jay's productivity,when I could go after yours as well?

That's my real goal. Writing Buffalito Destiny was just the means to that end.
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Lawrence M. Schoen: Buffalito Destiny
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-03-09 12:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Buffalito Destiny
I think that about fills up my blurb quotient for the year.

Phew! Glad I got mine in early. :)

Awesome blurbage, sir.
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John A Pitts
User: bravado111
Date: 2009-03-09 19:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the read and the kind words.

It's been a pretty exciting experience so far. Funny how much there is to do once the novel is accepted. Didn't really anticipate all this when I was trying to sell the novel.

I'm glad the novel is enjoyable.
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