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Monday, October 24, 2011

I've mentioned before I'm a picky reader. I don't like this fact, but there it is. So when I find an author I love, I don't want to miss her next release.

Combine this with my increasingly terrible memory, and I have a problem. There are about 20 authors whose next book I don't want to miss. I join authors' newsletters so they remind me. I start lists. I friend them on Facebook. But I still find myself missing releases because some of my favs are not NYT bestselling authors who have multiple ads in every magazine, and some of them don't even manage to get a newsletter out.

Add to this, there were about 288,000 new books published in 2009--that's 790 new titles every day. (A number that makes the author in me want to crawl under the covers.) I'm sure the number is even higher now with e-books, so the possibility of my favs getting lost in the shuffle is pretty high.

Please, there has to be a better a way to keep track. How do you make sure you don't miss your fav authors' next books?

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:30 AM  
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At 9:47 AM, Blogger Liz Flaherty said...

I can't keep up, either, but I must say it's lovely getting a nice surprise when you find a book you missed two years ago!

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I'm also a picky reader, but I don't feel bad about it. I figure that makes me a better writer. As for keeping up with authors, tries pretty hard to keep me informed. My problem is that I'm in the market for a favorite author and I can't seem to find one.

At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thank God for my great memory. sometimes i even pray to forget something! lol! um... maybe you should write such special events on a calender. sometimes i do that when its a long way off or has one of those email reminders. that'll help. ;)

At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i meant lol!

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

ARgh. Gotta love computers. Wrote a comment and it disappeared. Well, my thought was Amazon wishlist or create a note in Facebook and put the books in order of month published. If you check once a month you shouldn't be too far off and it's easily accessed and edited.

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It helps me to follow the Twitter posts of my favorite authors on my phone. The thing is usually attached to some part of my body. Most good authors will let their followers know (in a professional way) when a book is coming out and even interact with any feedback.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

I don't think there is a sure fire way unless you are personal friends with your favorite authors and they send you advanced copies. And unfortunately, that hasn't happened to me yet!! Have a great day!

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

I add them to my Amazon Wish List!! Then there's always a running list to refer to when I need new books--and there's a section where you can write comments, so if the book hasn't been released yet, I can add the release date there.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Iola said...

I'm on, where you add and rate books you have read. Goodreads sends me an automatic monthly email with new releases from authors I have rated - so I just have to make sure all my favourite authors are on my Goodreads shelf!

I also have a book blog (, and the blogging programmes are a good way of finding upcoming releases.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

I work at a bookstore. Which makes it easy to find my favorites. :-D I do rely heavily on publisher websites along with the reps from the companies keeping me up to date.


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