One of my chief goals for spending the cash I didn't have to go to Bouchercon last October was to meet editors to send my ms to and to get some blurbs from name authors. So far, I've accomplished both goals. The ever amazing Cornelia Read gave me a splendid blurb as did the fun and funny Margaret Frazer. I don't think my agent Steve has sent it out yet but it should be good.
In the meantime, however, I came across this little gem. Bonnie Goldstein of slate.com informs us about vanity presses who will not only publish your deserved or undeserved work for cash, but for a little extra, you can get a good review, too.
BookSurge is the press in question and for an additional $399 you can receive a personally craftedreview written by "New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Tanner Marsh," who did indeed make it to the NYT trade-paperback bestseller list in '82 and '83.
"Not surprisingly," says Goldstein, "many BookSurge titles boast enthusiastic reviews by Marsh. 'For anyone seeking a health program that really works ... a motivating and significant book,' Marsh gushed about The Beer Drinkers [sic] "Diet". "We are drawn into this seaboard existence, seeing the stars pronging the sails at night, the flying fish that land on deck, and even the birds that fly, unaware, into the mast," Marsh cooed over The Last Voyage of the Cosmic Muffin. Some of these paid-for raves turn up on Amazon. "This well-organized, fun and fact-crammed guide will make any parent a hero … exploring and enjoying all that Long Island has to offer," Marsh enthused about Be the Coolest Parent on Your Block: Your Guide to Long Island and the Internet For Families."
For the whole article, see this link.