One of the most important questions that your publisher tends to ask you prior to publication is “Know anyone who can give us a nice cover blurb?” This time around, however, I managed to pre-empt that one. I knew exactly who I wanted, and I was pretty sure I could get him.
Back when I started blogging TAKE IT COOL, I tweeted links to the early episodes to a few celeb types that I follow on Twitter. One of these was Ian Rankin. Hang on, I hear you say, isn’t he a crime writer? Ah yes, but I happen to know (from watching his Twitter feed) that he’s also a big music fan. And I just had this feeling that TAKE IT COOL might appeal to him. It turns out that it did.
So yesterday I reminded him of this, and then asked him how we’d feel about using “Lovely stuff – Ian Rankin” on the cover. This was his reply. The man is a true gent. The upshot of this is that TAKE IT COOL is going to have a cover blurb from a writer with 30 million sales to his name. How about that?
Another layer of cake icing arrived today, with the announcement appearing in The Bookseller – another first for me. That makes it official, right?