Matt Manochio on Blurbs (and THE DARK SERVANT)

Okay – so first of all I am impressed that Matt actually KNOWS what a blurb actually is. I hear way too many people referring to the back cover copy as a “blurb” nowadays I had begun to believe that no one remembered what a blurb was ACTUALLY supposed to be.

My best blurb would have to be from Edward Lee – a horror author of some of the darkest, squishiest, nastiest, most tasteless and FUN horror novels out there who had this to say about my writing.

“It’s a rare thrill these days when the genre unleashes an utterly exclusive voice.
Steve Vernon is indeed such a voice, a writer who knows how to manipulate the
building blocks of the horror genre with the confidence of a veteran, while
unveiling a style, a craft, and a creative perception that is excitingly original.
The genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion.”
–Edward Lee, author of FLESH GOTHIC and CITY INFERNAL
Another goodie would be from author Adrienne Jones who had this to say about my weird west novella LONG HORN, BIG SHAGGY.

“I knew that Steve Vernon was a good writer when I found myself cheering for a decapitated head. Anyone that can put such personality into a dislodged appendage, simply by internal dialogue, deserves kudos in my book. ”

You gotta love it!

Anyways, enough of my own blathering. Why don’t you folks have a look at what horror writer Matt Manochio has to say on the fine art of getting yourself a good blurb.

yours in storytelling,
Steve Vernon

Jonathan Janz

My guest tonight is Mr. Matt Manochio, whose debut novel THE DARK SERVANT is about to be published by Samhain Horror. His topic is “blurbs,” which is an area that pains me more than any other. Asking for blurbs, I mean. So maybe I’ll learn as much as you will from this post. Here we go…

Every author has to do it at some point. It’s painful and annoying, and we all know it cannot be avoided: giving blood for money to pay the power bill.

I’m kidding, sort of. But what most authors typically must do after signing a book deal is get blurbs. Ugh. This invariably means you pester an established author (in my case, New York Times bestselling and/or Bram Stoker Award-nominated -winning writers) to read a book the established author might not otherwise read. And most established authors have a bunch of projects going on…

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