you can quote me on that

How exciting!

I have just received my first official request for a quote on another author’s book — directly from her editor, no less. :howyoudoin

I don’t know exactly what the book is yet, or even who the author is.  Only that it’s a debut author for Random House’s newly relaunched LoveSwept line.

Even though I’m a terribly slow reader, I said yes.  It’s too fun a prospect to pass up. :patrick3

But I’m nervous, too.

What if I don’t like the book? :patrick4

What if it takes me forever to get through & the editor ends up hating me?  (It’s the lovely & very understanding Sue Grimshaw, though, so even if I annoyed her, I’m sure she would never, ever call me on it.  She’d simply smile the next time she saw me, as though I hadn’t wasted months of her life with no pay-off in the end. :angel )

What if I can’t think of anything to say?  :slamdesk   Which is a much bigger problem for writers than you might imagine.  I mean, I can come up with clever, wordy dialogue for imaginary characters all day long, no matter the situation.  But coming up with stuff out of my own mouth…  Yeah.  I’ve forgotten the word “tablecloth” twice already this week.  Picture me standing there, gesturing with my hands, saying things like, “You know…  The thing you put over the table to protect it.  They’re plastic or cloth.”  *snap*  *snap*  “Tablecloth!”

But I’m also looking forward to it.  I get a free book to read months before everybody else.  And my name could end up on the cover for all the world to see! :chickendance

I’ll have to fill you in on the details once I have them myself.  But I hope it’s a good story.  And that I can figure out how to add it to my iPad & get it read quickly.  And that I can think of something witty & brilliant to offer as a quote so I don’t sound like too much of a doofus on somebody else’s book in perpetuity. :Cukoo


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  1. Anne says:

    I would have trouble coming up with a 1 or 2 sentence blurb. I could never think of anything original to write on a group birthday card or in someone’s yearbook.

  2. Samantha Lucas says:

    You are too cute Heidi!

    I know it’s going to turn out splendidly. I just can’t believe this is the first time you’ve been asked!

    • Heidi says:

      :happysun This is the first time I’ve been asked *officially* by an editor & for something that was already in the process of being published. Thank goodness, because I’ve been warned up & down not to read unpubbed work for fear of reprisal. But this is different. I’m really looking forward to it! :eeee

  3. Laura J. says:

    That is awesome!!!! I don’t think you would have been asked if
    1) She didn’t think you wouldn’t like it.
    2) You are honest.
    3) You will write a rockin quote because you are a BEST SELLING AUTHOR (just in case you forgot that :bubble )

    I have bought (or at least picked up and checked out) a book because there is a quote by an author I love on the cover.

    Sorta along the lines of your blog….What is the Loveswept line? Since Harlequin has been changing things up…I’m not sure where that falls within the Desire/Blaze…et al.

    • Heidi says:

      Loveswept is… Hmmm. Well, it used to be category, very like Harlequin, back in the day. Only Loveswept accepted a broader range of stories under the one imprint, whereas Harlequin breaks them down into all the different lines.

      The way they’re doing things with Loveswept now, if my understanding is correct, is that they’re open to category *&* single title, with a very broad range (humor, romsusp, paranormal, etc.), but the books are being released digitally only at this point. Or digitally first, with the possibility of being put into paperback later.

      But don’t quote me on any of that, because I’m definitely not 100% sure! :nowait

      • Laura J says:

        Cool. I think I got all that!! I wasn’t sure if they were the new lighter style romances ( can’t remember now what they are called. My poor brain is on DVD/blue ray/movie terms overload). You will have to give us a heads up if it’s a good read.

        I buy all my books digitally except for some by certain authors that are favorites of mine.

        Have you figured out how to load them onto your iPad yet? I think I know how to do this if you need help.

  4. Kathleen O says:

    You are a writer, so you will come up with something. But if you don’t like the book, try to be kind anyway.. :thumbsup

    • Heidi says:

      LOL Now, where would you get the idea that I wouldn’t be nice? :devil

      Oh. Right.

      But I always go into stuff expecting to like it & will be happy to say something nice as long as I can *think* of something. :bubble

  5. Arlene Hittle says:

    Congrats on the honor … though I’m surprised no one had asked you before.

    I’d be honored for you to be quoted on MY book cover, should someone someday decide to publish my work.

  6. Jessica Lemmon says:

    I met Sue at The Lori Foster event. She’s so nice! :eeee
    And yay for you! Though this author beat me to the punch. I wanted your blurb on the front of *my* book. :thumbsup

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