HOW I GOT A WELL-KNOWN AUTHOR TO BLURB MY BOOK

DAY 22  If you could ask anyone in the world to write a blurb for your book, who would it be? Why that person/people? How did/will you go about reaching them? Yes – really!

I took a chance; I had been working on my book for a long time. Adam Pertman, a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist when he wrote for the Boston Globe, was coming to Phoenix. Author of Adoption Nation was written when he and his wife hit the wall of infertility. His research of adoption resulted in Adoption Nation, a fresh look at adoption. Long treated as a sad shameful secret, adoption has come out of the closet!  Adam Pertman’s book led the revolution!

In 2004, I volunteered for airport duty to meet and greet Adam Pertman, who for the second time was the keynote speaker for a conference for the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program. I’d first met Adam at a national adoption conference in California in 2002, when he was the keynote speaker, and again, when he came to Phoenix in 2003 for the first conference for Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program.

By 2004, Adam Pertman was the Executive Director of the Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute. Adam gave a great keynote speech. As I drove him back to Sky Harbor, I told him about my book of adoption stories.  When he exited my car at the airport, I handed him a manila envelope and said, “What else do you have to do on a three hour flight back to Boston? Here’s my manuscript; let me know what you think of it.”

A day later, I got an email from Adam: “Hi Beth. I hope you’re well. I’ve read most of it, I really like it, and I think you write very well. So there. Now what?? adam. I asked for a blurb I could use on the cover and he sent back:

“More than By Chance” brings to life what so many of us in the adoption world feel: that life is not always random, and neither are our families. Its message is affirming and uplifting for us all.”  Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation.

I’m glad I took that chance and put my manuscript into his hands, and that Adam wrote back!

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