Saturday, June 16, 2007

Baby's First Blurb!

Hmm . . . Baby's First Blurb . . . sounds a bit like that sound an infant makes followed by that little bubble of spittle that sort of oozes out of the mouth following said sound.

But it isn't.

In this case it is referring to my first blurb for my book! Again, for people who don't know the cool terms that the publishing world uses (may I once more refer to me circa last year), a blurb is a little sentence, or paragraph, that someone else, usually a fellow author, writes about your book and then it is put onto the book cover itself. A bit like how on movie posters you have: "This is the best movie, like, ever!" - Movie Review Magazine

So anyway, I am proud to announce I have a blurb! Okay, not proud, that doesn't even come close to how excited I am about this. Because not only is the blurb itself just wonderfully written and just so darn nice, it's author is someone who is incredibly cool.

Ever heard of the book series, Artemis Fowl?

Yes ladies and gents, I am just totally over the moon to share with you that the author of said series, Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen as he explains over at his website), has been so totally gracious and lovely as to blurb my little book. To which I am so grateful, and would like to extend a big hug and hearty thank you in his direction.

So without further ado, here it is:

“I read Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and to be honest, it had me at the title—a clever one to live up to and the story did not disappoint. It’s quirky, hilarious and genuinely exhilarating. There is a nod to Lewis Carroll and a wink to Charles Dickens, but no more than that—Adrienne’s words are packed with originality. Alex is a wonderful hero who deserves to return for further adventures. Indeed I suspect there will be a riot if she does not. Great plot, larger than life characters. The future is bright.”—EOIN COLFER, author of the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl series

What I find most impressive is how he managed to discuss so many different elements of my book in such a short blurb. It's just really well written you know? In fact, I kind of feel like blurbing his blurb:

"Eoin Colfer has created a blurb with humor and a great attention to detail. In a few short lines he is able to sum up a 300 page novel, while getting across a great sense of tone. I think readers will be hard pressed to find a better blurb, or a more grateful recipient." - ADRIENNE KRESS, author of the novel blurbed by internationally bestselling author, EOIN COLFER

Anyway, all joking aside, I just wanted to say thank you one last time to Mr. Colfer for the lovely things he said about my book. It's really, I mean, just really cool of him.


Dawn said...

So little Ted is spitting up now, is he!

That is such a nice blurb, Adrienne, and a real feather in your cap getting one by such a well known writer. It does make a difference when it's someone you admire.

"Return for further adventures"! Now there's an idea! Is there a follow-up in the pipeline? If Eoin Colfter can see that possibility then you really should think about it.

Erin said...

WOW, Adrienne! That is simply too cool for words!

Doug A Scott said...

Whoa. First a brief mention on this week's Hypaspace podcast and now this.


Tia Nevitt said...

Congratulations on an excellent blurb!! This must be a very exciting time for you.

thenovicewriter said...

I love how in all the frenzy of working, writing, getting published, you still retain your sense of humor. I am really looking forward to reading this book when it finally comes out in August just to see that humorous tone translated into your book. Good job and congratulations!

Mary said...

What an endorsement! Eoin Colfer is one of my favourite writers; to receive a blurb like that, would leave one completely aquiver -- for days!!!

Dawn: I believe Adrienne is already writing the sequel.

Adrienne said...

dawn - it's crazy, and so nice of him! And yes, like Mary said, I actually am right now writing the sequel, so have no fear!

erin - it IS too cool for words isn't it?

doug - I feel like a star!

tia - exciting, whirlwindy, nuts, but always fabulous!

thenovicewriter - aw that is very sweet of you, thank you! I try to keep things in perspective, and the only way I can is to make fun of stuff. Though I do hope my genuine thrill at everything still manages to come across, because all this is crazy cool!

mary- trust me, I am seriously all a quiver. Totally. And yes you are right I am writing the sequel now.

snarkfodder said...

So I was reading Bella Stander's blog and she mentions at the end of the last entry...

... that she picked up one of your ARCs at the Weinstein Books party. I thought it was funny that she refers to it as "preteen historical fiction." Is that how they market these things? To the general public it's a fun, fantastical romp on the high seas, but for the "grown-ups" it's historical fiction? That's funny.

David L. McAfee said...

Wow, Adrienne. That is great! Congrats on a great blurb!

Therese said...

Ooh, how great is that!? EC is not only internationally bestselling, he's one of my son's favorite authors (or do those things go together?).

Well done you!

Linda D. (sbk) said...


Wow, that's just fantastic. So very cool. I can't wait for it to come out.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous blurb. Congratulations! Now I'm dying to read the book!

Tish Cohen

Sue Eves said...

Ha! Blurbing the blurb - what a great idea.
Good Luck - what are you doing for the launch? Pushing the boat out, I hope!

Sue Eves