The fabulous Patrick Samphire just got accepted into the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children and YA (the one I’m in) — go congratulate him!
Jeff Ford on being asked to give too many blurbs and not having enough time: With a Ford blurb, though, the benefits are much more nebulous. I can see a guy standing in Barnes and Noble, scanning the publicity on the back of a book. He sees my name attached to a blurb and thinks – “Who is this nimrod? Oh, yeah, he wrote some mess about a planet made of ice cream and Mrs. Shadook in the Glass. Good Christ. I’ll wait till it comes out in paperback.” Very rarely, but sometimes, blurbing a book is better for the blurber than it is for the blurbee. I got asked once to give a quote for a novel by Gene Wolfe. Wolfe needs my blurb like he needs a hole in his pocket, but I dug the opportunity to give one – I won’t deny. (Bonus: Christopher blurbs the post.)