Tuesday, January 26, 2010

FOR WRITERS: Providing a quote for another author...

It took me several days, but I finally finished providing a quote for another author's book. It's flattering to be asked for an opinion of someone else's book...it means that you've achieved enough success that your opinion is valued. But it can also be quite difficult, especially if you love the book, like I did. My first impulse is just to say, I LOVE THIS BOOK, BUY IT, READ IT! but that's probably been said a thousand times, and could certainly be worded a bit better. My goal is to help a reader make a decision about this book, and I take that seriously.

I always provide the author with two quotes, as I'm unsure what other quotes she may be getting, and that way she can choose if they happen to be in a similar vein. So, here's the book and my quotes:

Haunting Warrior, by Erin Quinn
Releasing May 4, 2010 by Berkley Trade
ISBN-13: 978-0425234143

"This book should carry a warning: don't start reading if you have to go to work the next day. You will not be able to put it down until you finish the very last word at 2 am."~Kathryne Kennedy, Award Winning Author of My Unfair Lady

"The lyrical fantasy of Patricia McKillip, with the heart-stopping adventure of Robin Hobb, spiced with the poignant romance of Nora Roberts--you will not be able to put this book down!"~Kathryne Kennedy, Award Winning Author of My Unfair Lady

I do try to include a quote that compares the book to other authors with similar styles/story lines etc. So that way a reader knows that if they like the books from the authors I mentioned, they'll be sure to enjoy this one too.

I hope this helps you when you're asked to provide a quote for another author's book. It can be a bit daunting. Also please keep in mind that you may not be able to provide a quote for everyone that asks you, especially if you're on a deadline, and most authors understand that.

Happy Writing!


  1. Kathryne, I never thought about what it would be like to be asked for a quote. Thank you for giving a little insight into this. I've heard that Erin's book is amazing and I have it on my TBR shelf as I want to wait to read it until I have the next one in hand so I can take a full weekend and enjoy :-) You are obviously very good at quotes. I'm sure Erin was thrilled with both!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Alexis. Erin's books are amazing, and I can only hope to do them justice with a quote.