If you're like me, you probably don't trust author blurbs. There are a variety of reasons why I don't... One of which being: it's one sentence/paragraph! How much can you really say about the book that makes it unique in that tiny space?
Anyway, this post is not to rant about author blurbs. This post is to suggest a quick way authors can make it so that we readers/bloggers/etc. will trust their blurbs more.
It's simple. Be like Jay Asher, and post a list of the books you've blurbed somewhere on your website.
The same theory applies for when bloggers/reviewers are judging each other. Generally, when you're deciding whether to trust a reviewer, you compare your opinions on certain books to see if they match, yes? Well, authors don't always write the books that they read (and then potentially blurb), so their blurbs seem almost inconsequential to me in those cases (especially in cases of genre change). (Example: pretty sure I read somewhere that Kristin Cashore doesn't read any YA fantasy novels, because she doesn't want her books to be influenced by what she reads-- so would I trust a Kristin Cashore blurb? Debatable.).
So what can authors do to fix that? They can post a list of the books they've blurbed, so we can see whether their taste in books matches our own. There are some authors who have blurbed SO many books that I don't know anymore what kind of books they like. If I had a list to look at, I think I might trust those words/tweets and/or recommendations more.
Would seeing a list of the author's blurbs make you more inclined to trust those blurbs? Do you trust blurbs? What do you think?