As you probably know, a blurb is one of those pithy epigrammatic apothegms, usually by some famous person, which, when inscribed on a book's cover or inside pages might induce the unsuspecting punter to delve into the said book's contents and maybe even part with yer actual money.
I am always
I love e-Books. I have
And, no, not an unwieldy pile of A4 pages, but something that is properly bound, like a book. This is easier to handle, much kinder on my ageing eyes, and will give a much more authentic book-reading experience, so, hopefully will inform my blurb with a more accurate … er … accuracy.
So I'd like to make this request - please might I receive something that looks like an actual book?
It's very easy to do.
All you need to do is upload your book to a print-on-demand site such as Amazon's CreateSpace, or, (my preference because I've used it), Lulu.
It's very easy to upload a pdf (the program will even create the pdf for you, from a regular word-processing document); create a generic cover, and so on. The program is practically idiot-proof and will guide you at every stage.
At the end you'll have a book which people can buy for a modest sum and have mailed to them. You could, as an author, get a few made up and sent to yourself, which you can send to people you ask to provide a blurb.
You can set the program so that the title, when 'published', is searchable only by yourself or by people you invite, so that your not-quite-ready tome won't be visible to the general public. You can, of course, write some disclaimer in the text that this copy is for review only and not for sale, or some such.
Your home-made book will, with a little artfulness, look like a realio trulio book. All my books published by ReAnimus Press, if ordered as paperbacks, will have been printed on demand through CreateSpace. Before ReAnimus took them up, I'd self-published several of my titles - By The Sea and The Sigil trilogy, on Lulu. In fact, I still have one self-published title on Lulu, the adorable micro-epic Defiant The Guinea Pig: Firefighter! ('like Backdraft for pets' - Professor Trellis of North Wales) - order it now for Christmas.
Call me old fashioned. Go on, call me old fashioned. I won't mind. I'll have you know that my beard is dyed fluorescent purple.