Recently I got review quotes for MAJOR CRUSH (to be released August 1) from YA authors Marley Gibson and Diana Peterfreund. You can read them on my web site here. They won’t be printed on the cover of my book, though. My critique partner Victoria Dahl got a review quote from historical author Connie Brockway, who was the keynote speaker at the Southern Magic Readers’ Luncheon last year. This quote will grace the cover of Vicki’s first book, TO TEMPT A SCOTSMAN, which will be out in August next year. You can read the quote here.
As writers, I think Vicki and I feel the same way about these quotes. We are sooooo gratified to have our work publicly valued by authors whose work we love ourselves! But as a reader, I don’t think I view review quotes the same way other people do. The Smart Bitches had a discussion a few months ago about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s book sporting a quote by Kinley MacGregor (they are the same person). Some readers were genuinely upset, because they didn’t realize these writers were the same person, and a review quote greatly influences whether they buy a book. Now, I had sent an ad featuring this very Sherrilyn Kenyon book to Romance Writers Report because Southern Magic was honoring Sherrilyn’s 50th sale. I think it says volumes about my perception of review quotes that I did not even notice the quote was there! (When the Smart Bitches drew my attention to it, I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever seen, and pulled a Sherrilyn book off my TBR shelf and started reading.)
I’m guessing review quotes don’t grab me because I don't buy by browsing. I buy books because they are like the books I write (adult or YA romantic comedy), because a new friend I’ve found online wrote them, or because Vicki told me to. And the reason I don’t browse is that I'm almost never out in public without a five-year-old boy pulling on me. I buy a lot of books on Amazon. If I buy them from local bookstores, I've looked up the book on Amazon first and know the exact author and title and where to find it in the store. (I bought Lani Diane Rich’s THE COMEBACK KISS at Books A Million at Brookwood Mall last week; it only took two minutes, but my son managed to knock something over. We are not buying that. No. We are not buying a train calendar. Put that back. Put that back. Put that back. Put. That. Back!)
What about you? Do review quotes make your eyes glaze over, or will you buy Vicki’s book because Connie Brockway said so?