For The Scotsman, Scarlett Thomas writes about the business of writing and securing author blurbs for book jackets:
Quotes are a bit like mobile phones. Disapprove of them as much as you want, but once everyone else has one, you have to have one too.
So when my American publisher started talking about the â€˜blurbsâ€™ they would need for their publication of my book I did not say: “What kind of whore do you think I am, corporate scum?” I said: “OK. Iâ€™ll make a list.”
I did make certain rules for myself though. I would handwrite the letters myself. I would not contact friends. I would only contact authors whose names I would feel proud to have on the cover of my book.