Cover Quotes~Words from the Wise
One of the first things Alicia Condon, my editor at Kensington, asked me to do (other than finish the book, of course) was to round up some cover quotes for Touch of a Thief.
Sure. No problem,” I said.
Actually, it was a big problem. It meant I had to ask authors and reviewers to do something for me out of the goodness of their hearts. And it’s no small thing. They have to carve out the time to read the Touch of a Thief manuscript and then put their reputations on the line for me with a quote.
When my debut novel (under the name Diana Groe) came out in 2006, I asked the Most Famous Historical Author I knew for a quote. M.F.H.A turned me down. Then she told me that even though we knew each other, it was really considered a breach of etiquette for me to have asked her directly. My agent should have contacted her agent with the request.
I felt like a puppy who’d piddled on the new rug.
I talked to Megan Records (Asst. editor at Kensington and all around “good people”) about my misgivings. She said she’d never heard of such a cover quote etiquette and I could ask anyone for a quote directly without fear of offending them. If they had time and interest in doing it, they would. If they couldn’t, they wouldn’t.
So, I grasped my courage with both hands and asked. Here are some of the cover quotes for Touch of a Thief (coming May 2011):
“Absolutely terrific! Adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story. I hated for it to end!” ~ #1 NYTimes Best Seller Victoria Alexander
I cannot adequately describe the ‘squeeeee’ factor for me on this quote. VA is one of the brightest stars in my romance heavens. The fact that such a brilliant, talented writer told me she “absolutely loved” my work was such a thrill!
“Indiana Jones meets To Catch a Thief in this sensual escapade.” ~ Barbara Vey, Beyond her Book, Publishers Weekly
Barb has been so supportive of my work as both Diana Groe and Emily Bryan. She’s an incredibly hardworking blogger/reviewer and if you haven’t bookmarked her site yet, I urge you to do it. If it’s happening in the world of romance, Barb knows about it.
“Mia Marlowe is a rising star! Hot and steamy, Touch of a Thief is a sensually satisfying read. . . a page turner. I loved it from start to finish.”/strong ~ NYTimes Bestseller Connie Mason
My heart is filled with gratitude to this romance legend. Connie gave me a cover quote for my debut novel–the first one she’d ever granted. And now she’s helping me again.
“Mia Marlowe is the mistress of saucy historical romances!” ~ BooksMonthly
When the fabulous review for Stroke of Genius appeared in BooksMonthly, Leah Hultenschmidt, my editor at Leisure Books, asked if Paul Norman was a relative of mine. He’s not, but he does love my work.
So those are the quotes I’ve collected for Touch of a Thief so far. It’s gratifying to get such positive early feedback on this story. But now I’m wondering how cover quotes affect readers.
Does a cover quote from someone you respect make you more willing to try a new author?