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"who you feel comfortable asking for a blurb says a lot about who you are, who you want to be, and how you want the world to see you." <-- that made me smile.

Love that San Juan is the first site for the launch!

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There will be a partyyyyy! 🤣

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Apr 10, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Dear Alicia, I so loved this piece. Even as I read you, the same feelings are keeping me up at night. Indeed, at some point the process engendered so much anxiety that I had to take time off from it.

Funny fact, when envisioning blurbs, yours was one of the names I desired for my cohort, but when I realized you were working on your own book, I refrained from asking, well aware of the amount of work pressure you’re already under.

Thank you for making unease and vulnerability digestible.

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Viola, I would’ve loved to blurb your book! But as it stands, I just can’t wait to interview you about it. I’m so glad this post helped your own blurb anxiety--I think it’s so good to demystify the process for folks.

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Writing, like cooking, so often challenges us to boldly go forward. Try different techniques. Jump out of comfort zones. Thanks for sharing your trepidation as you step closer to publication. It *is* glamorous shit, even if it’s hard.

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Apr 11, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Love these blurbs. Hope to see you on tour this September!

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Not that it matters but I think you are brilliant and I can’t wait to read your book. I love how you write about food and it becomes about “everything “ ....

Renee.

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It matters and is so kind!!! Thank you!

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Apr 10, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

4 blocks east after the reading and conversation at Strand! Come to Hearth for late dinner, I’ll be on the bar :)

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Maybe I finally make it with a posse!!!

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Apr 10, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

I look forward to reading the booking! Hopefully I'll be able to attend the reading. These are great blurbs!

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Apr 10, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

"(You’re nothing but a copy editor, still says a voice deep in my brain, never mind that a copy editor has to be the smartest, sharpest person in the room.)"

Thank you for recognizing the value of copyeditors! The real favor asked of (honest) blurb writers is engagement with your writing; something copyeditors know a thing or two about. Beyond name and source recognition, potential readers will also want some content and context in those blurbs. Of the examples you've included, all but one splendidly fit that bill. (Disclosures: I'm a copyeditor. I've preordered your book and I'm looking forward to reading it.)

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Apr 10, 2023Liked by Alicia Kennedy

I forgot to add how homesick I got for New York when I read that you would be at the Strand this week. I felt a surge of happiness in knowing that that wonderful institution is still alive and kicking!

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I was a copy editor at New York magazine (and many other places) for 5 years! I know the significance, and I was very lucky to have such a brilliant one work on No Meat Required.

Thank you so much for preordering and such a lovely comment.

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