If I've had published authors read my manuscript and have given positive feedback, can I / should I use this in my query letter. I know you shouldn't mention beta readers, but I wondered if
pubedpubbed* authors also fall in this category.
I've found people that say yes do it and people that say hell no! What's the real deal about doing this?
Well, yes you should tell me but not for the reason you think.
You should tell me so I know what blurb opportunities you've squandered.
You don't get two trips to the well on a single book.
Once someone has read your book for a blurb (be they pubbed, not pubbed, almost pubbed, regretting their life choices in pubbing) that's it.
You don't get to go back and say "hey, the book underwent substantial revisions with the agent and the editor. Can you read again and give me a blurb?"
And let's face facts. The number of books that came in and went out without a fair amount of revision is
The question you didn't ask but should have is: should I ask someone to read my book for a blurb before I send it to an agent? The answer is NO.
And if you think I'm just a fussy cross patch:
Bottom line: don't ask anyone for a blurb before you have a publishing deal.
What you CAN do is mention that you know Published Author and s/he had indicated she's up for blurbing the book. That's actually of far greater value than a blurb on a book now.
*I love this typo with all my heart, and you know I make a LOT of typos my own self!