This may have happened to you. You read a book and fall in love with it, write a rave review, put the review up on your blog, and months later you discover that a blurb from your review has made it into the author’s next book. It’s a pretty cool thing, and it’s only happened to me a couple of times (that I know of). But recently, fellow blogger Chiara tweeted me to let me know I had been blurbed in Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes. I was surprised, because I honestly don’t remember if anyone had asked me if they could reprint a part of my review.
Now in all fairness, it’s very possible that months and months ago, someone did ask me and I just don’t remember. I’m pretty busy and sometimes things like that—as cool as they are!—slip my mind after some time goes by. But this disturbs me for two reasons:
1. I’d really like to know if someone thought highly enough of a review of mine, so I can bask in the idea that my words are out there, published, in a book.
2. Although it’s a nice surprise to find out you’ve been blurbed in a book, it feels wrong somehow, not to have someone ask permission to do so.
The books in question.
Now, I’m not talking about someone linking directly to my reviews. Linking happens all the time, and it’s a pretty cool thing. I love when authors and publishers give me a shout-out on their websites, because they’ve read and enjoyed my reviews. I love when bloggers share posts from other bloggers that they enjoy. But actually taking words I wrote and printing them in a book or on Amazon without my knowledge just feels odd.
This post is just me throwing this out there for comments. I haven’t done any research on the matter, I haven’t tried to interview publishers about this. I honestly don’t know what the rules are for this particular occurrence! And even though I’ve written this post, which may seem as if I’m complaining, I’m very flattered that Berkley Trade or Shaunta Grimes thought enough of my review to include it in Rebel Nation. But I’d love to get your feedback: Has this ever happened to you? Do you think publishers and authors should ask permission before putting a blogger’s own words in print?