Dear Haiku Maven, My chapbooks usually sell out at haiku conferences. I don’t like attending these conferences because I’m not a conference-type person. I usually ask a good friend to bring my chapbooks to the haiku conferences he attends and sell them for me. I have always thought this was nice of him. Now he’s asked me to write a blurb for his first chapbook, but I didn’t like any of the haiku in it. What now? Unsure
Dear Unsure, Haiku Maven knows haiku poets who love to see their name anywhere, including on the back of a book. You, apparently, are not one of them. Haiku Maven believes that writing blurbs is its own art form. If you have another look at your friend’s chapbook, you may be able to find something worthwhile to include in a blurb for his book. Have a go and be creative. Ultimately, the author gets the blame or praise for what’s inside a book. The educated consumer knows that blurbs are just another form of advertisement.
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