If you were a book what would the blurbs say?
What would those closer to you put on the inside of the cover?
Yesterday, I wrote about the imporance of judging books by their covers. Heather Ann replied thusly:
People are "books" judged by our "covers". Knowing that people have impressions of me based on appearances is empowering. Want to make a different impression? Change your appearance.
We spend a lot of time worrying about what other people see when they see us. A lot of us want to control the narrative of how we come across. We want to control the perspective of how we are seen.
How we appear and how we behave are the outward things people judge us by. Most times, it’s easier to change our appearance than our behaviour.
My favourite part of a book cover is on the flaps. That’s where friends of the author took some time to write blurbs - short, positive reviews about the author and their work.
The critics who hated the work? They never get a place on the inside flap of the book. Though their critiques may get read, we typically don’t go showing the world how shameful and inadequate we are according to the people who dislike us.
I can imagine some of those on mine: Hey, loud mouthed, entitled, impulsive jerk thinks only of himself and is prone to pouting and tantrums when at his worst. Avoid at all costs.
These could be written equally by both friend and foe.
But they weren’t. They were written by me.
Frequently, that’s what happens. We are our own worst critics. If people spoke to you the way you speak to you, you’d likely want to fuck their shit up.
There is another option.
Imagine that you are a book.
You have a cover that works for you.
You know some people who know a lot more about what’s inside of the book. They’ve been moved by you and your thoughts, heart and deeds.
Book blurbs are on the inside of the cover because they are closer to the heart of the book. They are there to help sell the book. Once sold, the ideas get legs, they have a life and can spread.
If your friends were writing blurbs for the book that is you, what would they say?
If you can’t imagine what they might say, what would it be like to ask them: How would you describe me to the public? If my story were something for sale, what would you say by way of a three sentence book blurb about me?
Let me know in the comments
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