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GalleyChat Roundup, September, 2020

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Roundups of the titles from September’s chat are below. To read the full chat, search Twitter by #ewgc. For tweets on specific titles, search using #ewgc and the title or author’s name.

GalleyChat Sept 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, including notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, those that made their first appearance during this chat, and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss catalog — includes covers, publisher marketing information, and links to Edelweiss DRCs. NOTE: One eagerly anticipated title is not on Edelweiss yet (correction, it’s just been added), Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop.(Macmillan/St. Martins Griffin, 6/1/21; 9781250244499), The author’s previous title, Red, White & Blue was a GalleyChat favorite and both a LibraryReads and Indie Next pick. UPDATE: It’s now available on Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Note that GalleyChats are now being held on the first Thursday of each month. Please join us for the next one on Thursday, Oct. 1st, 4 to 5 pm ET (3:30 for virtual cocktails). More details and a schedule of upcoming chats here.

Several November releases from our list of diversity titles for LibraryReads consideration received particularly warm attention, Votes for these titles are due by Oct. 1

White Ivy, Susie Yang, (S&S, Nov. 3, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Enthusiasm has been building for this debut, originally scheduled for release in September, then moved to November. — Kaite Stover, “Give me a con or thief novel any day. WHITE IVY mixes it with an immigrant’s story. Another #bookclubs win.” — Mara, “I picked up Susie Yang’s WHITE IVY after it was longlisted for the Center of Fiction’s First Novel Prize and loved it. An addictive read about a cunning woman determined to marry into a wealthy family whose plans are threatened by the ghosts of her past. ” — Jennifer Dayton, “WHITE IVY had the most twisty, demented heroine since Mathilde in FATES AND FURIES. For those who like their girls with a healthy dose of battery acid.”

Written In The Stars , Alexandria Bellefleur, (HarperCollins/Avon, Nov. 10, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley)

In what may feel like a throwback in these times
of social distancing, the author was interviewed live from PLA 2020 in Nashville, during the last
in-person national library show pre-pandemic.
It’s been a hit on GalleyChat, as Abby Johnson explains, “I was hooked by [the publisher’s description] ‘Gay Bridget Jones‘ and it’s true. Fake relationship romance between a flighty astrologer and a type A actuary who start fake dating.”

Murder in Old Bombay, Nev March, (Macmillan/Minotaur, Nov 10, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley).

Says Joe Jones of this debut, “MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY by Nev March is set in 1892 India and features a half-English, half-Indian ex-soldier who loves Sherlock Holmes stories and tries to emulate him to solve a murder mystery. I was surprised at how emotionally invested I got in the characters.”

Further ahead, watch for these authors from the diversity list who will be featured on LJ‘s Virtual Day of Dialog panels, scheduled for September 25th.

 

 Of Women and Salt, Gabriela Garcia, (Macmillan.Flatiron, 4/6/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Literary Fiction 1 panel

Libertie, Kaitlyn Greenidge, (Workman/Algonquin, 3/30/21) — Literary Fiction 1 panel

Black Buck, Mateo Askaripour, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1/12/21) — Literary Fiction 1 panel

My Year Abroad, Chang-rae Lee, (PRH/Riverhead Books, 2/2/21) — Cover to be revealed — Literary Fiction 1

On Fragile Waves, E. Lily Yu, (Workman/Erwhon, 12/8/20) — Literary Fiction 2 panel

How Beautiful We Were, Imbolo Mbue, (PRH/ Random House, 3/9/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Literary Fiction 2 panel — originally scheduled for release in June, this one has already received praise on GalleyChat.

Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider, Charles Person, Richard Rooker (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 4/27/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Black Nonfiction panel

Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, Michelle Duster,  (S&S/Atria/One Signal, 1/26/21),  — Black Nonfiction panel

We Could Be Heroes, Mike Chen, (Harlequin/MIRA, 1/26/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — SF/Fantasy panel

The Jigsaw Man, Nadine Matheson, (HarperCollins/Hanover Square, 3/16/21, DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Thrillers panel

Honey Girl, Morgan Rogers, (HarperCollins/Park Row,DRC on Edelweiss and NetGalley) — Book Club Bests panel

August YA/MG GalleyChat

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020


Read the full chat here.

A catalog of the titles discussed is here.

Join us for the next chat, Thursday, Sept. 24th, 2:30-3:30 PM ET.

GalleyChat Roundup, August, 2020

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Of the 200+ titles getting attention during last week’s GalleyChat, the largest number are set for release in October. Generally a strong publishing month, it’s even more so this year, due to the number of titles that were rescheduled from the spring because of the pandemic.

One of the most discussed titles is one that effectively reflects the sense of free-floating anxiety brought on by the pandemic, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, (HarperCollins/Ecco, 10/6/2020; LibraryReads deadline, 9/1/10). In an interview with the HarperCollins library marketing team, Alam notes that he too, is unsettled by the “eerie resonance” of the novel with this particular time, especially since he wrote it before the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. However, he notes, it’s the task of the artist to “distill what is in the air” and he feels we have been had a sense of “disjointed discomfort …for quite some time.” To achieve that resonance, he used the form of the thriller, to give the book “a sense of momentum, to feel propulsive and frightening so the reader could occupy the place that the characters occupy of not entirely understanding what is happening to them.” GalleyChatters attest that he achieved his goal. Hollywood has also taken notice. Last month, Netflix announced plans for a film adaptation, starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts.

Below are roundups of the full August, 2020 chat:

GalleyChat August 2020 — downloadable spreadsheet, including notes on which titles are getting the most attention, debuts, diversity titles, those that made their first appearance during this chat, and 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, and links to Edelweiss DRCs.

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

Note that GalleyChats are now being held on the first Thursday of each month. 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.

July YA/MG GalleyChat

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020


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

Tuesday, July 14th, 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

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

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

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

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

Monday, May 11th, 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 bring 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.

April YA/MG GalleyChat

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

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

Monday, April 20th, 2020

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

Thursday, April 16th, 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

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 11th, 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

Sunday, February 16th, 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

Friday, January 17th, 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.