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06-03-09 Great Beach Reads, open chat

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on June 3, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was open discussion of great beach reads.

LitChat RT @TaraStaley I’m curious to know if readers are more apt to buy a book depending on if it’s a debut author vs established name? #litchat -12:25 PM Jun 3rd,
corb21 how can I see #pubchat and #litchat at the same time? Two windows or some app? -12:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookRambler @LitChat debut author good reviews & recommendation; established author, usually 1st in queue at bookshop #litchat -12:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
recordedbooks @corb21 Try http://monitter.com/ and enter both keywords (or download and use @tweetdeck and set up searches) #pubchat #litchat -12:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 In my experience readers lean towards the established name…they feel comfortable I think. But I say branch out! Try something new #litchat -12:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat LitChat begins in a half-hour. Joins us from 4-5 pm/edt for continuing topic of great beach (vacation) reads. #litchat -12:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @recordedbooks thank you much, trying the first now… #pubchat #litchat -12:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @recordedbooks monitter.com works slick, but I can’t reply there? This is like super ADD! #pubchat #litchat -12:34 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat RT @west410: I am more apt to buy a book without a referral if I have read the author before. #litchat -12:36 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat RT @west410: Although if it seems interesting or has good reviews in a newspaper or magazine I will read a first time author. #litchat -12:37 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat RT @BookRambler: debut author good reviews & recommendation; established author, usually 1st in queue at bookshop #litchat -12:38 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 what is considered a “good review” ? #litchat -12:41 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
SukariHarris RT @LitChat “RT @west410: I am more apt to buy a book without a referral if I have read the author before. #litchat” (ditto) -12:42 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat RT @VanessaDobbs: look at reviews and recommends wordofmouth or cover for debut & authors new to me. Others I buy if like prev work #litchat -12:46 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 one that makes me want to read the book #litchat -12:55 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 waiting for #litchat to start… #pubchat seems to be phasing out and it’s hard to work with my office all packed up. -12:55 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs great response! #litchat -12:56 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs does it matter who says/reviews? Does it need to be personal or well known? who “counts” in your mind? #litchat -12:58 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat @corb21 Good review would offer compelling comments about plot, character and/or theme. #litchat -1:00 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs Other authors who I like or I read Waterstones magazine also personal or twitter recommends anybody really! #litchat -1:01 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk @corb21 You didn’t ask me, but I’ll put in my 2c. If an author I like gives a book good reviews, it’s definitely a plus. #litchat -1:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @LitChat same question, does it matter who says/reviews? Does it need to be personal or well known? who “counts” in your mind? #litchat -1:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat Welcome to Wednesday’s continuing discussion of what makes a great beach read. We began a bit early by happenstance. #litchat -1:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
zumayabooks Helps if I know reviewer has shown tastes similar to mine in the past, but I’m drawn by book info first, then check reviews. #litchat -1:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat Feel free to introduce yourself and join in the chat, we’re discussing great beach (vacation) reads. Join us! #litchat -1:03 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk There was this big hullabaloo in Amazon about reviewers who are friends of authors (reviewers who are established authors too) #litchat -1:04 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @krisfulk I appreciate the 2c. so it’s got to be someone you know/relate to? #litchat -1:04 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter I always am lookg 4 good memoir, hard to come by: must be very real, which means it goes beyond the safe & obvious #litchat -1:04 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 Vacations for your Mind… according to NH Magazine http://bit.ly/5sH1t /20090601/NHM01/905299946/- #litchat -1:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
AnnickPress @TaraStaley I look for good story & quality of writing; like to read an excerpt/browse in-store. 1st time author is fine. #litchat #litchat -1:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
insidebooks A good beach read has to be something you can pick up and put down inbetween other things. Short story collections are good. #litchat -1:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @krisfulk mmm that happens a lot on amazon. But also in big publishing…many top authors are friends with each other. #litchat -1:06 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
AnnickPress Great beach reads? Am reading My Sister’s Keeper now. Is that too dark? A page-turner so far! #litchat -1:06 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
zumayabooks @MemoirWriter I like the ones that give me a glimpse of history, which is why, I suppose, that’s what I pick to publish. LOL #litchat -1:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter A good read is a good read — beach or no! #litchat -1:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @corb21 I definitely agree with that. Most books I buy tend to be debuts, but then again, I know the author. #Litchat -1:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk Beach reads for me are YA fantasy stories and quick romances #litchat -1:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @insidebooks I agree don’t like books that I can lose thread of.Also shd be well told story #litchat -1:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
publishingworks Who in publishing has time for the beach? #litchat #pubchat -1:08 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @AnnickPress no, I’d read something like that on hols #litchat -1:08 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
AnnickPress @corb21 Good review is well-written, tells me what book is about & why I should read it. (Will I be entertained? Informed?) #litchat -1:08 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass I am very open to debut authors, new voices and new discoveries. Must remember an established author was once a debut. #litchat #litchat -1:09 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter I pretty much check out every memoir whose title crosses my screen — can weed the wheat from chaf pretty quickly. Toss the fakery. #litchat -1:09 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @TaraStaley Debuts can be really great, they have to work harder to make it so the work tends to be top notch #litchat -1:09 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @MemoirWriter well put! #litchat -1:09 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk I pick up a lot of debut authors as well. Though honestly, I have noticed that the cover also has an influence on my choices -_- #litchat -1:10 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter @AnnickPress A good review piques my interest WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE STORY! I see the “giving away” part all the time! #litchat -1:10 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @tarastaley whereas big names tend to have strict deadlines and push harder for quantity as opposed to quality. (a generalization) #litchat -1:10 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat We have two terrific topics going right now, one began early when I RTd a Q by @TaraStaley, the other is continuing topic. #litchat -1:10 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter I love new authors too~! Fresh, quirky, real #litchat -1:10 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @CarolyBurnsBass authors that are new tome are Like debut they’re both new tome #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @AnnickPress very nice description. #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bibliolatrist @krisfulk I’m with you on the cover having an influence on my choices. A cheap / tacky cover sends a definite message. #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant RT @LitChat: LitChat begins in a half-hour. Joins us from 4-5 pm/edt for continuing topic of great beach (vacation) reads. #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @LitChat SOrry to hijack the original topic! #Litchat -1:11 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @zumayabooks historical romance can be a fun beach read… #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat To help sort comments, how about preceding your comment with Q1 for debut/established authors Q2 for beach reads. OK? #litchat -1:11 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @corb21 #Litchat -1:12 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley Ditto. #Litchat -1:12 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk @corb21 I have noticed that quantity over quality biz. One author I used to buy off the shelves has succumbed to this. #litchat -1:12 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
AnnickPress @MemoirWriter: true! Movie trailers often make the same mistake… why read/see it if you’ve already gotten the best bits? #litchat -1:12 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bdtharp I’ll often read a book based on a review or recommendation (new author) or I’ve read the author before (I read everything). #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat Q1 @publishingworks Okay, maybe we should rephrase the topic to great commuter reads! #pubchat #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @TaraStaley @litchat, yes, I’m sorry… #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jfaustus Q1 I love finding a new author, whether recd by another author I like, friend, blogger, or fave bookseller #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bibliolatrist @LitChat Re Q1: I’m open to debut writers if I’ve read enough positive reviews and it’s a genre I usually like #litchat -1:13 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter @krisfulk I heard about a successful writer who writes outlines & gets his assistants to write the books! AArgh #litchat -1:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat @TaraStaley No hijack. It was a great question that I threw to the community. #litchat -1:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @krisfulk Q1 many do fall prey to that stress. Deadlines can kill storylines. #litchat -1:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @publishingworks was watching Hay fest on TV lastwk.Authors interviewd askd to rec beach reads lots said didn’t go on hols #litchat -1:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @MemoirWriter Q1 there are several who do that! You’d be surprised. #litchat -1:14 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TerryBain My idea of a great beach read is anything light and wide enough that I can tent it over my my face while I sleep. #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
Polenth Q1 I often look for unfamiliar names… I get bored of too much of one author. #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk @memoirwriter Wow. That’s crazy! That’s not the same thing as ghsot writing is it? #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
AnnickPress RT @litchat Feel free to introduce yourself and join in the chat, we’re discussing great beach (vacation) reads. Join us! #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
insidebooks It can also be fun reading literature set in or by a local author from your holiday destination. can really add to the experience. #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @LitChat Q1 I’m always happy to find a book by a debut author I want to read, but I have to have something to go on before buying. #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 agree some later books in some series do seem to lose direction (not ALL series) #litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @krisfulk Q1…A great author I know said at the time she signed her pub contract, she was put on the “book a year treadmill.” #Litchat -1:15 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisriggle Q1 I paid more attention to new authors once I got serious about writing. Now I try harder to find new/obscure films, singers, etc. #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @publishingworks well, there are those early release fridays… #pubchat #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter @krisfulk No, not quite the same but in the same queasy category! #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy I choose books quickly and count on cover info. Have been very disappointed lately with deceptive covers. #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @TerryBain But not so light it blows off when you snore, right? #litchat -1:16 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MonicaOnline Q2 Beach read = mass mkt thriller or mystery. I am a sucker for the impulse-buy racks and throw a few in a bag when I go 2 beach. #litchat -1:17 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @TaraStaley And it’s a very difficult place to be. Running and writing don’t work well together. #litchat -1:17 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jjochwat @krisfulk @memoirwriter I once saw an ad from a well-known thriller writer to ghost-write his books. I didn’t apply. #litchat -1:17 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter @TaraStaley Yes,sometimes am happy that there’s no public out there waiting to judge my next piece of writing.Freedom of obscurity! #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @jentropy I have never trusted covers. I sometimes wonder if anyone associated with design read the book. Which is too bad. #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MonicaOnline Q1 I read debut and well established authors. It depends on the story descrip. Writers w/lots of titles sometimes put out a dud. #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat @jentropy Cover blurbs or cover art? What is it on the covers that you find misleading? #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter @jjochwat Wow. An ad? Don’t they want 2 keep that a secret? #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
AnnickPress @jentropy I always read the first paragraph or so of a book before buying. #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @insidebooks that’s a great idea. #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @BookingIt I don’t usually pay attention to the books status as a debut novel (or not) when making selection. #litchat -1:18 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @insidebooks agree with short stories #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter @AnnickPress Totally. Gotta get a feel for what’s in there. U can tell alot pretty quick. #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @TaraStaley yup, the three-book contract or whatever it is can be a killer. Especially when an author doesn’t have the series set #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk krisfulk@tarastaley @memoirwriter Yes, I can definitely the toll strict deadlines can take on creativity and such. #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @MonicaOnline Ialways seemto buy more bks @ airport because of impulse buys #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
zumayabooks @BookingIt Book designers rarely read the book. They go by what info the editor/author/marketing dept. provides. #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bostonbibliophl I read new and veteran writers as well. Just depends if it catches my interest. #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @AnnickPress I’ve talked with folk who read the last page…I can’t do that… #litchat -1:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley Q2: I will admit that as far as vacation-reading, I’m quicker to pick up a mag or short story. Shorter is better due to kids… #Litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @LitChat good question, both the art and the blurbs can mislead, certainly. #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bibliolatrist @jentropy @LitChat I’ve found both deceptive blurbs and art, either that ruined plot, gave undeserving praise, or outright lied. #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BooksOnTheBrain @LitChat I was surprised to learn that most authors have no control over the cover art, not even veto power #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @AnnickPress Ihave friendwho doesn’t like if first line of bk starts with a name #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @zumayabooks That’s interesting…had no clue about that process. #Litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @pussreboots Thinking more about it– when browsing a bookstore or shopping from reviews on blogs I don’t. #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat By the way, @KrisRiggle is our guest host for Friday’s LitChat. She is a debut author, whose first book comes out next week! #litchat -1:20 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul A lot of titles I have yet to read were purchased in airport bookshops. I don’t often read on planes, however… #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
zumayabooks @MemoirWriter James Patterson makes no secret that he has other people do the rough draft of many of his books. #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk @zumayabooks that explains why sometimes covers show different hair color (etc.) than is actually discussed about the book’s chars #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
publishingworks One thing I miss about commuting to NYC by train is all the reading (and napping) I got done! Now my commute is 2 miles. #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @VanessaDobbs i implulse buy too but can sometimes turn up gold #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
unbridledbooks @BooksOnTheBrain That really depends on the press! #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @bibliolatrist and from the other side, there are books that are phenomenal with poor cover art and/or blurbs. #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 Can’t read last page B4 get to it #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @pussreboots But if I’m buying something at Amazon or similar, I’ll throw something by a known author in my cart on impulse. #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bibliolatrist @corb21 @AnnickPress I also know read the last page before reading the first. IT DRIVES ME INSANE . . . #litchat -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MonicaOnline RT @bibliolatrist @jentropy I’ve found deceptive blurbs + art, either that ruined plot, gave undeserving praise, or lied. #litchat [DITTO!] -1:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 that old addage may just be true…though many buy based on cover info. #litchat -1:22 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @AnnickPress I read the first coupla pages. That usually does it for me. #Litchat -1:22 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BooksOnTheBrain @LitChat Welcome, Kris! #litchat -1:22 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @hermitpaul always read magazine on plane #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @pussreboots I’ll also toss book by a known author in my cart on impulse at Target of the like, don’t stop to browse unknown books #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @unbridledbooks yes it certainly does. I think it’s important for the author to have some say. #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BooksOnTheBrain @unbridledbooks Oh, I’m sure that’s true! #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @corb21 I kinda thought that with Everything is Illuminated, the cover was yucky but I loved the writing. #Litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter @zumayabooks Yes, that’s the one someone was telling me about! #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs I like SkyMall…. #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy @LitChat Blurbs and art. I have toddler, so I run into library, grab a pile and sift when I get home. 🙂 #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk @BooksOnTheBrain The same thing with children’s book writers/illustrators. They’re not suppose to talk to each other about the book #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @BookingIt Although now I go shopping for books armed w/ lists of books I’ve learned about via blogs. #litchat -1:23 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Sometimes I wonder if authors who produce several titles a year have a Rumplestiltskin writing them while they sleep. #litchat -1:24 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MemoirWriter Man, this is awesome fun. Thanks for my first #chat. I gotta split. #litchat -1:24 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BooksOnTheBrain @krisfulk That seems wrong. You’d think they’d collaborate #litchat -1:24 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
galleysmith Q1: I’m more interested in a story and characters than a veteran vs. new author. Though once I like and author I’ll go back again #litchat -1:24 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy @AnnickPress I will have to do that. Picked up something with heavy religious slant yesterday and no word of it on cover. #litchat -1:24 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @krisfulk @booksonthebrain that’s especially tricky. the covers come out so much better when they do talk (and read the book!) #litchat -1:24 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @CarolyBurnsBass since being on twitter have notebk for recommends #litchat -1:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy @bibliolatrist Same here. Disappointing. But also have found treasures just from cover art. #litchat -1:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BooksOnTheBrain @pussreboots SAME! I don’t go to the bookstore without my list of recommendations from fave bloggers! #litchat -1:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @galleysmith on that thread, that is why known authors blurbing unknowns can be super beneficial. #litchat -1:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen got moleskine full of list book music films sad but memory like sieve #litchat -1:25 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @pussreboots Yup, I’ve started keeping a list for that reason! #litchat -1:26 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots RT @galleysmith Q1: I’m more interested story & characters than a vet vs. new author. Once I like an author I’ll go back #litchat ME TOO -1:26 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @stujallen Memory like cheesecloth. That’s me. I keep book lists in a speadsheet that synchs to my phone. #litchat -1:27 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen I keep a file of all books have read #litchat -1:27 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy My taste is so eclectic, recommendations rarely pan out. But has worked with ppl who read me and recommend based on my writing. #litchat -1:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs bet no one else has taken 2 copies of same book on same holiday!!! #litchat -1:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots RT @VanessaDobbs @stujallen I keep a file of all books have read #litchat So do I. Actually it’s a hand written diary. -1:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk @corb21 IT’s one of my pet peeves really when the hero/heroine has different physical features in the cover than in the book #litchat -1:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MonicaOnline RT @pussreboots @galleysmith Q1:I’m interested story & characters than vet vs. new author.Once I like an author I’ll go back #litchat ME TOO -1:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
galleysmith @corb21 Agreed, that type of endorsement can certainly be influential. For me I may not buy just because of that though #litchat -1:28 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana #litchat #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @VanessaDobbs fairly good on what read but did end up with same mailer with different covers once #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bibliolatrist @CarolyBurnsBass you list SYNCS TO YOUR PHONE?!?! genius! (whoops! keep forgetting tag) #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana hello … am late to party. #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy Do any of you use Shelfari to track reading? Add me as friend, if you like: http://www.shelfari.com/injenuity #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @MonicaOnline Yes. I do the same. #Litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
bibliolatrist @krisfulk I’m with you on that one. It seems like such an easy thing to get right! #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
krisfulk @vannesadobbs It’s funny but I preorder from Amazon sometimes and forget, so I end up having two copies of the same book #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @jentropy I use goodreads, my blog and my diary to track reading. #litchat -1:29 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley Q1: But the whole buying/selecting process is different for me if it’s non-fic versus fic. #Litchat -1:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen catch everyone in a bit got go #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat Another by the way @MaggieDana has a great beach read coming out this month in the UK, it’s called, wait for it… BEACHCOMBING. #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @krisfulk yes, that’s an oversight that should always be avoided. #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @VanessaDobbs No! I regularly buy a second copy of a book I already own, but never packed it twice :-). #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy I think I need to update my Shelfari account. It’s been 3 weeks! Haven’t figured out how to track books I put down. #litchat -1:30 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs sometimes I take the audio and the hard-copy… #litchat -1:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots RT @VanessaDobbs bet no one else has taken 2 copies of same book on holiday!!! #litchat My husband and I once did. (He had 1, I the other) -1:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @VanessaDobbs I’m hoping that listing everything on GoodReads + web enabled phone will make duplicates less likely! #litchat -1:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @stujallen see you later #litchat -1:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @LitChat MAGGIE!!! I’m so thrilled for you! 🙂 #Litchat -1:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @pussreboots I use goodreads too, but not well…too many on my read list. #litchat -1:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @bibliolatrist I have a Palm Treo w/Word apps. My Excel book list is in my synch folder. When I synch the file is updated. #litchat -1:31 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
mmj5170 @CarolyBurnsBass And I thought I was the only one that had to have a mobile brain! #litchat -1:32 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @TaraStaley Thanks, Tara. Am in UK. Book launch tomorrow. Am NERVOUS! #litchat -1:32 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @corb21 @pussreboots I use goodreads too, but not well…too many on my read list. #litchat That’s where custom shelves come in handy. -1:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @CarolyBurnsBass I am such a neandertech. #Litchat -1:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana @TaraStaley Thanks, Tara. Am in UK. Book launch tomorrow. Am NERVOUS! #litchat Best of luck! -1:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana I’m a Mac user dealing with friend’s PC and oddball keyboard. Keep hitting wrong key. Getting strange results. #litchat -1:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @maggiedana I’ll bet, but you’re such a great author you have nothing to be nervous about except the public gigs. Will buy it! #Litchat -1:34 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @TaraStaley That is just not so. You wrote the first draft of your WIP with your thumbs on a blackberry while breastfeeding. TMI? #litchat -1:34 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @pussreboots Thanks, Puss. Am having lunch with Katie Fforde tomorrow. #litchat -1:34 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @maggiedana Good luck Maggie #litchat -1:35 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley Will join for next chat…kids attacking one another in playroom…ugh… #Litchat -1:35 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana I’m nervous about putting foot in mouth to change feet. Do it all the time. #litchat -1:35 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy @fncll Show the #litchat or #writechat or #pubchat conversations. Not enough ppl talking about these organic ad-hoc thingies. -1:35 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
TaraStaley @CarolyBurnsBass Ha! Well, bottle-feeding. And it doesn’t have a data plan… #Litchat -1:36 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana I’m nervous about putting foot in mouth to change feet. Do it all the time. #litchat EVERYONE does it. You’ll be fine! 😀 -1:36 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @maggiedana Congratulations! very cool! #litchat -1:37 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @pussreboots I begged Katie Fforde NOT to let me have wine with lunch tomorrow. Safer that way. #litchat -1:37 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @TaraStaley Boobs and bottles come with data plans? Who knew!!! #litchat -1:38 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @pussreboots well the other problem is that the books I’m reading aren’t books yet…since they’re in publication… #litchat -1:38 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul As I mentioned to @corb21 earlier, I’m always pulled in by covers, blurbs & review quotes on the covers… #litchat -1:40 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul However, whilst there is fear that self-publishing is harming the industry, good books are always found & the worst sink… #litchat -1:41 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @hermitpaul Do you ever open book to random page and start reading to see if you like author’s style? #litchat -1:41 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul What I worry about is missing the occasional diamond. However, there are so many clubs & sites out there. I remain optimistic. #litchat -1:42 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @maggiedana Big ups on the launch tomorrow and the lunch with Katie Fforde. Is she wife of Jasper Fforde? #litchat -1:43 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @hermitpaul yes, thanks for chatting with me about that earlier at #pubchat #litchat -1:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul @maggiedana I do sometimes. But then I’m tempted to read further or even look at the last page; don’t want to ruin the story. #litchat -1:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @CarolyBurnsBass No, but I think they’re related. She writes romantic comedy. Very popular in UK. #litchat -1:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @LitChat @maggiedana Congrats on your book launch! There’s no feeling like the first time! Enjoy it. #litchat -1:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @hermitpaul yes, but it is a pity that there is so much flotsom out there… #litchat -1:44 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul @corb21 I had to leave after I sent the last tweet, but I thought we might be able to discuss it further now or later on. 🙂 #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @hermitpaul Self publishing is not new. Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe among others self published. #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @maggiedana I’ve done that…more oft with manuscripts than finished books, but occationally #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @deberryandgrant Virgins to the slaughter and all that! #litchat -1:45 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @corb21 When picking up book by new (to me) author, I always check random page in middle before reading blurbs, etc. #litchat -1:46 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul @corb21 What would you propose to weed out the bad from the good? Halt amateur publishing? Difficult, if not insoluble problem. #litchat -1:46 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @corb21 True, but one person’s flotsam is another person’s modern art sculpture. I like a number of books which are trashy. #litchat -1:46 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana @corb21 When picking up book by new (to me) author, I always check random page in middle. #litchat ME too. -1:47 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @maggiedana LOL. Not at all. Though come to think of it, it did feel a little like being tossed in that volcano… #litchat -1:47 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul @maggiedana I shall read a couple of middle-pages if I can from now on. But, decisions are often when I’m being called to board! #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @pussreboots Easy for author to write brilliant first page or 2; not to easy to write brilliant middle. #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @maggiedana The biggest factor in whether or not I like a book is characterization, hard to tell by reading a random page. #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @hermitpaul Tell them to hold the flight. #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @hermitpaul hmmm well I guess at this point it’s up to the readers. Booksellers do raise the bar in terms of quality standards #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @maggiedana wondered why yourecommended middle will have to try #litchat -1:48 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @BookingIt mmm, yes, that is true. #litchat -1:49 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @maggiedana good call. It’s important for an author to get an even keel begining middle and end to keep a reader entertained #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @BookingIt May take a few pages to determine characterization. Good thing they have comfy chairs in Borders and B&N. #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @maggiedana more important since we’ve proven here that folks may read just one of those three to determine sales. #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat Final Q of the day: What great beach/vacatin books are you lookin forward to this summer? #litchat -1:50 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @zumayabooks yes, we’ve been chatting on that at #litchat too… the internet helps, and also blurbs from well known authors. #pubchat -1:51 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 agree hate books where lose interest B4 end #litchat -1:51 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @LitChat I recommend Kris Riggle’s debut novel, REAL LIFE & LIARS, coming out mid-June from HarperCollins. #litchat -1:52 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @LitChat q4 hunger elise blackwell #litchat -1:52 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @LitChat I’m looking forward to the new Janet Evanovich. Will take a “vacation” day to read. No value other than entertainment! #litchat -1:53 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs something Richard Meibers of Martin&Lawrence press calls perfect tension… great image of reader as tightrope walker #litchat -1:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @VanessaDobbs just had walk wife up to work #litchat -1:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @LitChat The new Jonathan Tropper. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. #litchat -1:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jfaustus #litchat Looking forward to the new Niffeneger (Her Fearful Symmetry) but not due til Sept. Don’t know much about it, but loved TTW -1:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt @LitChat Wishing I could get an early copy of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Would be a GREAT summer read. #litchat -1:54 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots #LitChat I have a bunch of manga and Neil Gaiman books I’m planning to read (or re-read). Also Laurie King’s (@mary_russell) newest book. -1:55 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
MonicaOnline I’m looking forward to read ‘Prayers for Sale’. http://is.gd/NtBO #litchat -1:55 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jjochwat Want to have a sniff at Beat the Reaper, and The Enthusiast next vacance. #litchat -1:55 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen looking forward to new murkami depends how long til get it translated #litchat -1:56 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs q4 haven’t made mind up yet keepbuying new ones when think have decided lol do want to read sequel to the Eight though #litchat -1:56 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
mmj5170 FQ- In spirit of summer, I look forward to reading works by authors “met” on Twitter. “Root for the Writer” thing. #litchat -1:56 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass I’ve got REAL LIFE & LIARS pre-ordered. Also looking forward to Carl Hiassen’s DOWNHILL LIE. Great beach reading. #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant Want to read Alice Hoffman’s, Story Sisterss & Carleen Brice’s Children of the Waters #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul Q3 I’m looking forward to something original I’ve yet to find. Good reviews are important to me. #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @CarolyBurnsBass Love Carl Hiassen–will add that to my list! #litchat -1:57 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jjochwat @mmj5170 I’m doing the “Root for the Writer” thing too. Met @Charlie_Haas here. #litchat -1:58 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @mmj5170 have started to read bks of authors “met” on twitter #litchat -1:58 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @deberryandgrant I want to read both of these too. I met @CarleenBrice through LitChat and am now Facebook friends. She’s terrific. #litchat -1:58 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 Storing up Wicked, Five Finger Fiction, Hook and Jill (aug), A Story of Marriage, The Second Opinion. Combos of new and old. #litchat -1:59 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @VanessaDobbs me too #litchat -1:59 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs that’s a cool idea. have you “met” @brookssigler? She’s funny stuff and the author of Five Finger Fiction #litchat -2:00 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen looking forward to david pajo novel too #litchat -2:00 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul I won’t be picking up anything that’s the Nth installment of a series; I want something good & original. #litchat -2:00 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
carrotjuice28 bringing Beach House by @janegreen to the beach in 3 weeks.. Final Question #litchat -2:00 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @corb21 got copy from brooks yesterday #litchat -2:01 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
mmj5170 Right now and for a little more time, I’m reading the Warrior Series so me and my daughter have something to talk about daily. #litchat -2:01 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @CarolyBurnsBass @carleenbrice is wonderful! We met b/c we were asked to do blurb for her last book. Loved it. We hv same agent. #litchat -2:01 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
AnnickPress @jentropy Yes, publishers must make it clear what the book’s about and who it’s for! No nasty surprises pls. #litchat -2:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
carrotjuice28 @VanessaDobbs thats brilliant.. can I have some of your Twitter-suggestions .. sorry forgot the #litchat -2:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @stujallen nice, really? did you meet on twitter? #litchat -2:02 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 yes we follow each other.Have her bk on TBR list #litchat -2:03 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 RT@AnnickPress @jentropy Yes publishers must make it clear what the book’s about and who it’s for! No nasty surprises pls. #litchat #pubchat -2:03 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @VanessaDobbs very cool. #litchat -2:03 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
stujallen @corb21 yeah she had five to give away i won really pleased #litchat -2:04 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat @carrotjuice28 Check out Mashable’s 100 authors on twitter as a beginning: http://bit.ly/HRn8H #litchat -2:04 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant As always, it’s been lovely. But we have one of those nasty deadlines calling. Back to work for me. Hope to pop in Friday. #litchat -2:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 I know this is silly, but I find Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels a great summer read… not too much thinking involved… #litchat -2:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @carrotjuice28 amreading The lastPrince of the Mexican empire by @cmmayo1, also got Lastnight in Montreal @EmilyMandel, #litchat -2:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat @carrotjuice28 Many of the authors listed at Mashable have been guest hosts at LitChat. See our blog for others: http://www.litchat.net #litchat -2:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
jentropy I think #writechat #pubchat and #litchat are great resources. Good way to find interesting people to follow. Rapid networking too. -2:05 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
BookingIt Thanks for a fun chat today everyone! Hopefully I’ll see you on Friday or Monday. #litchat -2:06 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @corb21 I know this is silly, but I find Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels a great summer read… #litchat I love his books. -2:06 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
carrotjuice28 @LitChat .. thanks, my Bookshelves will be squeezing.. RT Check out Mashable’s 100 authors on twitter: http://bit.ly/HRn8H #litchat -2:06 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat Yes, the offical hour of LitChat has passed. The chat room stays open, so continue the topic if you wish. #litchat -2:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @corb21 ooh love Dirk Pitt!!! #litchat -2:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
mmj5170 I must run as well. Thank you again @LitChat for organizing this chat. And thanks to all for your ideas and comments! Ciao! #litchat -2:07 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs @BookingIt Bye hope to see you then #litchat -2:08 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
LitChat Thanks again to all of you who chatted yesterday and today. I’ll post a list of thanks to all of you LitPeeps tomorrow. #litchat -2:08 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 @pussreboots so you know what I mean! #litchat -2:09 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
llunalila @LitChat forgot about #litchat was so involved writing, didn’t check till now! Sorry -2:10 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul Simply don’t have time to read several books written earlier packed full of character development. #litchat -2:16 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
corb21 ok twitterverse, I’m out. Gnight! #litchat #pubchat -2:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @corb21 Yeah I do. 🙂 #litchat -2:19 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul @pussreboots I’ve nothing against self-publishing, I think it’s great. I think the quality of the books is what’s under scrutiny. #litchat -2:21 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
dosankodebbie @LitChat Ugh, I woke up an hour too early for #litchat, and then fell asleep again! -2:22 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
hermitpaul #litchat #pubchat This made me cringe, mostly. I don’t want to write such books. Why would I? Is this good advice? http://bit.ly/RsTqf -2:33 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @hermitpaul Then we are on the same page re publishing #litchat -2:34 PM Jun 3rd, 2009
llunalila @hermitpaul this is not writing a book, it’s creating a product that he can sell, but not a book as we understand #litchat #pubchat -2:38 PM Jun 3rd, 2009

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