How To Approach Other Writers About Blurbs

By Jason Boog 

Author and Rock Plaza Central musician Chris Eaton wrote about scores of people online and offline who share his name in Chris Eaton, a Biography. Over at The Believerhe interviewed another writer with the same name and a small Internet footprint.

How many people share your name online? In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, Eaton shared advice for making a genuine appeal to a writer, artist or musician when searching for blurbs.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. We’ve collected a few excerpts from the interview…

Eaton explained his simple approach to blurbs:

I wasn’t terribly comfortable with the whole process. I hate asking people for favors, and blurbs come down, to some degree, to a favor. I tried to seek out people that I didn’t know very well. People whose art I valued.  I said: “I like what you do in music, and there are some ways I think this is similar. Would you agree to read it and provide me with what you think of it?”

Eaton concluded:

I reached out to artists too, I thought it would be interesting to see what they thought. Probably half my blurbs were from musicians. Charles Spearin from Broken Social Scene, and Jim Guthrie [from Royal City] and Nat Baldwin from Dirty Projectors. There are writers, a few critics, I wanted to get as broad range as I could. Really, I just asked people: “Would you like to read it?” And thankfully, people like to read. They were all looking for another good book.