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qrypt
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« on: March 02, 2012, 11:18:13 AM »

My review: "In certain respects this is an attractive book, perhaps even an impressive one..."

The publisher's proposed endorsement by me: "An impressive book..." 

There are other instances of the same thing: my hedges and caveats are washed away, leaving a hell of a blurb.

I know this is how it works -- there's no point expecting a publisher to put anything but high praise on the back cover.  I'll be hoping for the same thing when my next one comes out next year. 

Still, should I worry at all about having this sort of thing appear on a back cover when in fact the book had some significant flaws?  I suppose it's enough that I apparently have enough stature in the field now to be a source for blurbs.
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 12:00:56 PM »

The same thing happened to my dissertation director, many years ago.  He contacted the publisher (a top-tier one, by the way) and insisted that they pull the book and re-issue it without his misleadingly positive comment, which they did.  I've used it an an example in research classes ever since of the unethical use of another's words.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012, 12:55:53 PM »

My review: "In certain respects this is an attractive book, perhaps even an impressive one..."

The publisher's proposed endorsement by me: "An impressive book..." 

There are other instances of the same thing: my hedges and caveats are washed away, leaving a hell of a blurb.

I know this is how it works -- there's no point expecting a publisher to put anything but high praise on the back cover.  I'll be hoping for the same thing when my next one comes out next year. 

Still, should I worry at all about having this sort of thing appear on a back cover when in fact the book had some significant flaws?  I suppose it's enough that I apparently have enough stature in the field now to be a source for blurbs.

Don't let them put your name on it if you don't actually think it is an impressive book. Tell them not to use it, or provide with them with an alternative that you CAN endorse and offer to let them use that.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 7:13:47 AM »

Is the publisher based in the EU, Qrypt? If they are, just point them at the EU directive on Unfair Commercial Practices, which bans this sort of behaviour.

Personally, I'd just reword the review. Spending the next several years at conferences saying to people "but what I really said was..." when they buttonhole you about the blurb is not going to be fun.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 4:06:40 PM »

I rewrote it for them: took out "an impressive book" and added something else from my review that was positive in a way I don't mind seeing in print.  It's a pretty good book -- I'm happy to support it -- but what they did one the basis of the review was poor form.

Wegie: yes, EU-based publisher -- but I don't want to burn bridges.  I love EU stuff like that, though -- I'll have to find another situation where I can give someone a hard time using that one. 
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