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July YA/MG GalleyChat


Read the full chat here.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Wednesday, Aug. 19.

GalleyChat Roundup, JULY 2020

Recent announcements brought cheers from GalleyChatters during July’s chat:

— Downloadable Audio Review Copies will soon be available from both NetGalley and Edelweiss.

— Virtual Shout-n-Share is coming next week, 7/22 — collection development specialists from across the country talk about their favorite forthcoming books Register here

Below are roundups of the July, 2020 chat:

GalleyChat, July 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet includes notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, and which made their first appearance on this chat, as well LibraryReads deadlines. NOTE: to save time in creating this wrap up, we have not included quotes from GalleyChat tweets. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc. For tweets on specific titles, search Twitter using #ewgc and the title or author’s name.

—  Edelweiss catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

— Also check our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration

Note that future GalleyChats will be held on the first Thurday of each month, to avoid conflicts with Tuesday social media blackouts. Please join us for the next one on Thursday, August 6th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

GalleyChat Roundup, June

This month’s edition of GalleyChat focused on titles by Black authors. For a dowloadable spreadsheet, with quotes from the tweets, click here GalleyChat, June, Black authors (also see our full list of Upcoming Diversity Titles for LibraryReads Consideration).

The HarperCollins library marketing team held an inspiring FaceBook Live session. “Anti-Racism Reads with Librarians K.C. Boyd and Wendy Bartlett and Amistad Editorial Director Tracy Sherrod” last week. UPDATE: click here for a reading list from the session.

The just released July LibraryReads list includes a title that has resonated with GalleyChatters:

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, Natasha Trethewey, (HarperCollins/Ecco, 7/28/2020. DRC from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

GalleyChat comments — Anbolyn Potter, “I really loved MEMORIAL DRIVE by Natasha Tretheway. Very beautifully written and powerful. I cried a lot.” — JW Bookworm,”…so painful yet so gorgeously written.” — KC, “I concur! Reminded me  of Trevor Noah’s book BORN A CRIME”  — Janet Lockhart, “I really liked this memoir. Her realization at the end is heartfelt and heartbreaking.…Poets are often my favorite prose writers. ”

Below are roundups of the full June, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord-GalleyChat-June-2020 — downloadable spreadsheet includes notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, and which came up for the first time during this chat, as well LibraryReads deadlines. NOTE: to save time in creating this wrap up, we have not included quotes from GalleyChat tweets. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc. For tweets on specific titles, search Twitter, using #ewgc and title or author’s name.

—  Edelweiss catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, July 7th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

May YA/MG GalleyChat Roundup

Click here, to read the full chat.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Monday, June 22 at 2:30 ET

GalleyChat Roundup, May 2020

Last week’s GalleyChat seemed as lively as ever, even though many chatters complain of finding it difficult to concentrate on reading these days. Several say they find that romances, particularly rom-coms, offer some relief from constant blaring headlines. In what may be a similar phenomenon, at the end of WWII, the historical romance Forever Amber, became a runaway hit in the US, notes the BBC in a recent story.

On the other hand, current events brings attention to things we may never have considered before. GalleyChatter Robin Beerbower found herself absorbed by a nonfiction title, The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr, (PRH/Avery, Oct. 2020).

To read all the tweets search Twitter with the hashtag, #ewgc. To focus on a specific title, use the hashtag and the title or author’s name.

Below are roundups of the May, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, May 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet includes comments from GalleyChatters, and LibraryReads deadlines (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration). NOTE: to save time in creating this wrap up, we have not included information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley.

—  Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, June 2nd, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here. [NOTE: Due to the social media blackout, the June GalleyChat had been postponed to June 7th]

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

The Week’s Book Buzzes

Even though 2020 is a year with no Book Expo, no ALA Annual, there are plenty of opportunities to hear from your favorite library marketing reps.

For your weekend viewing, a roundup of this week’s buzzes:

“Mac from Home” (Macmillan Library Marketing)

5/1 — Talia (and her adorable dog, with the equally adorable name Kugel) on The Book Collectors. Separately, Amanda on the “wild ride of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem,” Tamsyn Muir’s Harrow The Ninth.

Click here for all five “Mac Lib From Home” episodes

“Bite-Size Book Buzz” (Library Marketing reps from various houses)

4/28 — This week’s reps are from Harlequin, Soho, & Workman

Earlier episodes here

“Door to Door” (HarperCollins)

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, LibraryLoveFest talks with authors of upcoming books. On Fridays, they host an Instagram takeover with an author. This week’s guests:

4/30 — Historical Fiction with authors Beatriz Williams and Stephen P. Kiernan

4/28 — LLF Welcomes bestselling authors Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Sarah MacLean

5/1 — Instagram takeover with poet jessica Care moore, author of We Want Our Bodies Back

Earlier episodes here

4/30 — LibraryLoveFest Podcast features Meghan Deans, Senior Marketing Director of Ecco Books, who describes the imprint which is dedicated to finding literary gems and looks at several forthcoming titles. Earlier episodes here.

“Morning Book Buzz” (Penguin Random House)

EPISODE #5, April 29, 2020BOT rep Jennifer Rubins welcomes new faces to this episode including librarian and PRH marketing rep, Miriam Tulaio who reveals that she finds short stories perfect for this short-attention-span time. The group goes on to discus their favorite upcoming Beach Reads, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Normal People Read-alikes and Jen comments on audiobook versions. Click to access a spreadsheet with ISBN information, and the slide deck.

Earlier episodes here.

April YA/MG GalleyChat

Click here, to read the full chat.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Friday, May 22 at 2:30 ET

Latest Pub Date Changes, Diversity and GalleyChat Titles

UPDATE: New changes in pub dates since the 4/20 list, are here New-date-changes-as-of-4/23/20

Since publication schedules are changing rapidly, we checked GalleyChat titles, as well as those on our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles, for those with new LibraryReads voting deadlines.

Among the many changes is ALA MidWinter opening speaker Wes Moore’s upcoming title, Five Days, moved from April to August, extending its eligibility for LibraryReads voting through July 1 (votes already entered will still be counted).

Our list of all the changes we could identify, based on Edelweiss information is here, EarlyWord GC/Diversity-Date-Changes-4.20

More titles for LibraryReads consideration are listed on our roundups of the most recent GalleyChat, available as a downloadable spreadsheet, EarlyWord-GalleyChat-April-2020 and an Edelweiss Catalog. The deadline to vote for June titles, is next Friday. Please give consideration to our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles

GalleyChat Roundup, April 2020

The tenth anniversary session of GalleyChat was celebrated with a record number of attendees last week, discussing a record number of titles.

Circumstances were quite different than ten years ago, with everyone working from home, many sympathizing about how difficult it is to concentrate, and therefore savoring the opportunity to reconnect with reading buddies.

For those in need of encouraging books, Robin Beerbower offered her list of over 50 “Uplit” titles to do the trick. Quick RA test, which Stephen King title did she include?

Our Library Marketing contributors received kudos for their new work-from-home initiatives:

Bite-Size Book Buzz– from Our Homes to Yours” every Tuesday morning at 10 am, ET. featuring several of your favorite library marketers in each episode and hosted by Annie Mazes from Workman. An added bonus, you get a peek into their home offices. No fair, those of you who set up lovely virtual backgrounds. Also check out Annie’s cleverly titled new Instagram videos, “Work(msn) from Home“.

HarperCollins Library Marketing has begun “Door to Door” sessions on Facebook Live every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm, ET. Replays of the sessions are available on YouTube, including last week’s with Elizabeth Wetmore, author of the GalleyChat favorite, Valentine. For more HarperCollins resources, check their recent post, “Digital Resources Librarians and Educators Can Access From Home“.

Macmillan Library Marketing, “Mac from Home” — Talia and team’s “new fun-sized buzz series from our homes to yours!”

PRH Library has started Wednesday morning buzzes at 11 am ET, More information and archived episodes are here, Also check their recent post, “Digital Resources For Libraries“.

Golda at @WWNortonLibrary started an Instagram account.

For the full range of resources offered specifically for libraries from a wide range of publishers, check our contact list, Library Marketing — Adult.

Below are roundups of the April, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, April 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration).

—  Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, May 5th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

Publishing Date Shifts, More Time for LibraryReads Nominations

Publishing schedules are being blown apart as publishers continue to grapple with changes brought on by the pandemic. As an indicator, one of the titles recently announced on the April LibraryReads list will now be published in July:

Downing, Samantha, He Started It, (PRH/Berkley, 7/28/2020; DRCs on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

The title will stay on the list, says LibraryReads Executive Director, Rebecca Vnuk. For the May list, LibraryReads is working with publishers and will accodomate date changes reported by April 13.

To get a sense of the scope of changes, we reviewed the LJ Spring Preview: Big Titles, on Edelweiss, for titles scheduled to be released between April 1 and June 30. Of the 676 titles, 106 now show as moving into upcoming seasons. To avoid the fall pile-up some titles have even been put off until the beginning of the new year. Bill Gates’s How to Avoid a Climate Disaster (PRH/Random House Knopf) is one of those, moved from June to February, a grim reminder that once we “get through this” other disasters may be developing.

Libraries on fiscal year budgets will face a juggling act, as many titles have been moved to dates after July 1. Our list of changed dates is here, LJ Spring Preview Pub Date Changes As of 4.2, but this is only a snapshot. Many more titles are likely to be changed in the next week.

Several titles from GalleyChats and our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles have moved forward, giving additional time to vote for them for LibraryReads (don’t worry, if you have already voted for a title that has been moved, that vote still counts). The compiled list is here, GalleyChat.Diversity-Titles

GalleyChat Roundup, March 2020

 

We’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of  GalleyChat first announced at PLA 2010 in Portland. Some of you may remember these buttons:

Many of the people who joined in the first year (the “OG GalleyChatters”) are still with us. Looking back, I’m amused at how nervous I was about the first chat, held in April 2010, afraid that I’d only hear crickets. Instead there were dozens of tweets and the chorus has grown ever since. It has an effect. We hear from publishers that e-galley downloads spike with each chat and that you provide valuable information to help get books into reader;s hands. Thanks to all of you for giving attention to deserving forthcoming books and for teaching us how to make someone want to read a book in just a few characters.

Below are roundups of the March, 2020 chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, March 2020— downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration), plus five titles that were mentioned but are not listed on Edelweiss.

—  Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tuesday, April 7th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

GalleyChat Roundup, Feb. 2020

Among the nearly 250 upcoming titles discussed during the February GalleyChat, two are by authors who will be featured at the PLA Audiobook dinner on Februrary 27th.

 

Larson, Erik, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, (PRH/Crown, 2/25/20)
As of this writing, egalleys are still available for this title, which has been hot on GalleyChat for several months. Hurry up, though, the pub date is just ten days away.

Guillory, Jasmine, Party of Two, (PRH/Berkley paperback original, 6/23/20)
Strong interest, but no e-galleys yet, so if you nab a print copy at PLA, you will be the envy of the group.

Below are roundups of the chat, in two versions:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, FEB, 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines (if you are voting for LibraryReads, also check our list of  Diversity Titles, Upcoming, LibraryReads Consideration).

—  Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., March 3rd, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

GalleyChat Roundup, Jan. 2020

As you prepare for the long weekend ahead (or for Midwinter at the end of next week), consider downloading some of the galleys that were discussed during last week’s GalleyChat:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, JAN, 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines.

—  Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Many of the authors discussed will appear at MidWinter, including Elizabeth Wetmore, author of a debut that has been hot with GalleyChatters, Valentine.  These events are free, but tickets are required, so be sure to sign up here.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Feb. 4th , 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

GalleyChat Roundup, Dec. 2019

GalleyChatters gazed into their crystal balls to forecast which titles will be hot this coming spring and summer during this month’s chat.

Summaries of the chat, below, for collection development, readers advisory, and LibraryReads consideration:

EarlyWord GalleyChat, DEC, 2019 — downloadable spreadsheet, useful for creating ordering carts, includes comments from GalleyChatters, information on which titles are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss Catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Please join us for the next GalleyChat, Tues., Jan. 7th, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Set your calendar alarms and bring a friend.

Heating up for March (LibraryReads Nominations Due Feb. 1)

Russell, Kate Elizabeth, My Dark Vanessa, (HarperCollins/Morrow, 3/10), DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Still hot after months of discussion (see the chat roundups from November and October), this title was originally announced as a January release. The move to March has further whetted GalleyChatters’ anticipation, as they look forward to discussing it with readers. Cari Dubiel notes, “this was a tough one to get through, but so intense and absorbing. A story of destructive love, obsession, and power plays between a woman and the much older teacher she falls for in high school.”

Jemisin, N. K. The City We Became, (Hachette/Orbit, 3/24), DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

The DRC for this heavily-anticipted title became available just before the chat, causing GalleyChatters to immdediately place it on top of teetering TBR piles. The first in a new sereis by the author who made history by winning three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, it’s been starred by all four prepub reviewers.

Wrobel, Stephanie, Darling Rose Gold,  (PRH/Penguin Berkley, 3/17); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

With echoes of the sad story of Munchausen by Proxy victim, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, portrayed in the series The Act on Hulu and the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” GalleyChatters foumd this novel creepy but riveting. Vicki Nesting, notes that it’s “One of two books coming out this spring that seem to be ‘inspired’ by the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard. The other is Grace Is Gone. by Emily Elgar, (HarperCollins/Harper Paperback original, 1/20/20).

Serle, Rebecca, In Five Years, (S&S/Atria, 3/3/20); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

The publisher calls this  “perfect for fans of ME BEFORE YOU and ONE DAY” and several GalleyChatters agree. Andrienne Cruz describes the story, “[main character] Dannie has everything – a promising career and her boyfriend is about to propose, so it was kind of discomfitting to find herself transported 5 years down the road with another man. Is it a dream or an epiphany?”  Tracy Babiasz says she “very much enjoyed this. It’s like just a bit of magical realism so naturally integrated that you forget some things she writes about aren’t possible.”

Swanson, Peter, Eight Perfect Murders (HarperCollins/ Morrow, 3/3/2020); DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Cari Dubiel attests that GalleyChat favorite, “Peter Swanson never disappoints me, and I loved EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS. A love letter to the crime fiction genre, a tribute to all those writers who paved the way for us, plus the requisite chills and characters with questionable morals.” It’s compared to books by another GalleyChat favorite, author Anthony Horowitz, who chimed in, “I’m reading it and enjoying it right now.”

Librarians Pick #libfaves19

Thanks to all the library workers who joined this year’s RA extravaganza by voting for their top ten favorite titles of 2019, using the hashtag #libfaves19. We now have the full list of 775 titles, thanks to coordinator Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (CA), and those who compiled each day’s votes:

#libfaves19 titles

While it’s interesting to see which titles got the most votes, our favorite approach to the list is to read the individual tweets by searching Twitter using the hashtag. Many are models of selling a book in just a few words. Reading just a few will increase your own RA skills and will also expand your reading. As Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library (KS),  tweeted, “It’s also useful to see what genres AREN’T making your own #libfaves19 lists, and resolve to read those genres in 2020.”

Reading the tweets, you’ll also be struck by how much fun everyone seemed to be having. Corodinator Andrienne Cruz notes you can experience this year around by nominating titles for LibraryReads: https://libraryreads.org/for-library-staff/
and also by joining EarlyWord’s monthly GalleyChats.