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What you need to include in your email signature

As a book publicist, I often correspond with journalists and bloggers, via email as likely as not, these days. If I’m reaching out to someone with an unsolicited email, I want to make it as easy as possible for the recipient to get back to me — either by email or by phone — or, if they forward on my message to another, for that person to respond. The reverse should also be true …  but you’d be surprised at the number of bloggers and journalists who ask for review copies of books but who fail to provide mailing addresses. Enter the esignature.

There is lots of information that you can include in an esignature (Twitter handles, forthcoming books), but here are some features that I consider “must haves,” in order of priority:

  • Include your full name in your esignature. Contemporary business etiquette allows us to sign off with just our first names. (And of course you get those folks who sign off with their initials.) Which is all well and good, but it means that unless your full first and last names appear in your email address, recipients won’t know you from Adam.
  • Include your email address. A lot of people assume that the email address pops up in the message itself. Usually it does — but not always. Even if it does show up, many people copy and paste an esignature into their address books — if the email address isn’t in the signature, it means having to copy-and-paste the information twice.
  • Include a phone number in your esignature. While voicemail may be an inefficient way to do business — the jury’s in on this one — the phone still has its uses and if you use an email address for business purposes, it’s only professional to include a phone number in your corresponding esignature.
  • Include a URL. Either for your company or, if you are self-employed, include your personal website. If I’m going to provide a (complimentary) review copy of a book, I need to know that the recipient is a legitimate journalist or blogger.
  • Don’t include a logo in an esignature — if you can help it. Some companies require employees to use a standardized esignature with a logo; if you are not required to do so, don’t. The logos — no matter how small — are read as attachments by the recipient’s system and that makes it more likely for the message to land in a spam filter. Messages with attachments also take longer to load.
  • Set an esignature for Replies and Forwards. If you have a long esignature, set a different, shorter, one for Replies and Forwards that includes just the vital information — full name, email address, phone number. Messages are frequently forwarded to people not on the original recipient list and if you jump in with a reply but do not include your contact information, you might as well be Jane Doe.
  • Set an esignature on your mobile device. Do you use your iPhone / iPad / Blackberry for business purposes? Then you need to take two minutes to adjust the settings and add an esignature. If you can’t be bothered to include your full esignature, at least include your full name, your email address and your phone number.
  • Use proper punctuation and capitalization. Unless you’re five years old (which maybe you are — kids these days are pretty tech savvy), you need to use capital letters. (Again, if people copy and paste your esignature into an address book, you don’t want them to have to correct all your information.)

What are your must-haves, likes and pet peeves in esignatures?

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Email | , , , | 25 Comments

When you’re setting up a website, what booksellers do you list?

A few weeks back, @TaylorTrade raised the issue in a comment on another post about authors referring readers to particular stores or online accounts — if you’re an author and someone asks where they can buy your book, what do you say? Or if you’re a book publicist and an author asks you this question, what advice do you give?

First, if a book is only available at a certain account (store), i.e., because it’s self published, then the answer is obvious. But for most books published by large (and small) publishing houses, they are sold in independent and chain bookstores as well as online at Amazon, BN.com and numerous other online accounts, including, in some cases, the publishing house’s website.

The bottom line is that if an account is selling a book, then we — authors, book publicists, literary agents and anyone else seeking to promote or market a book — need to support them. I like to say something relatively generic like, “[Book title] is available online and at bricks-and-mortar stores nationwide,” leaving it up to the reader to pick whichever store they prefer.

When adding buy links to a website, one should include at least these accounts:

  • Amazon
  • BN.com
  • Indiebound (which represents most independent booksellers)
  • Publishing house (if they sell directly to the consumer)

Some authors also include links to accounts like 800 CEO Read and Hooks Book Events (both for bulk sales), Powells.com (which has a particularly large online — as well as, in Portland, a bricks and mortar — business) and others.

For those authors with author / book Facebook pages, you may consider adding a “Buy the Book” tab to the page with the iFrame HTML tab app (although you should note that Facebook no longer supports iFrame, i.e., it still works now, but may not eventually).  So while it doesn’t hurt to spend a couple of minutes copying and pasting the following to a FB page for a book coming out this fall, don’t spend a lot of time installing it or count on using the following forever more.

– Search for the iFrame HTML tab app for Pages.

– Click “Go to App.”

– Connect with Facebook and allow the app access to your FB account.

– In the HTML field, add the following code (or whatever variation you prefer). The words in capital letters below represent what you need to replace:

Purchase <em>INSERT TITLE</em> at your favorite bricks and mortar bookstore or from the following sites:

<br><br>

–<a href=”INSERT AMAZON URL HERE”  target=”_blank”>Amazon</a><br>

–<a href=”INSERT BARNES AND NOBLE URL HERE”  target=”_blank”>Barnes & Noble</a><br>

–<a href=”INSERT INDIEBOUND URL HERE”  target=”_blank”>Indiebound</a><br>

–<a href=”INSERT PUBLISHING HOUSE URL HERE”  target=”_blank”>PUBLISHING HOUSE</a><br>

– To change the name of the tab (which will appear on the left together with Wall, Info, Notes, etc.:

Edit Page > Apps > iFrame HTML tab app for Pages > Edit Settings > ENTER YOUR NEW TAB NAME > Save > Okay

October 21, 2011 Posted by | Bookstores | | 7 Comments

What authors (and venues) need to know about scheduling book talks / signings

Over the years, many publishing houses have been scaling back on traditional book tours — not the least because bookstores themselves are disappearing — because travel can be expensive (and time-consuming) and sometimes there can be cheaper and just as effective ways to sell books. That being said, there continue to be plenty of authors speaking at non-traditional, i.e., non-bookstore, venues.

If you are an author booking a talk for yourself (or a book publicist trying to answer an author’s questions), here are some tips to keep in mind / pass on:

  • Before agreeing to a speaking engagement, consider requiring the host venue to either sell books themselves, arrange for a bookseller, or — the holy grail of arrangements — purchase them in advance for attendees. Venues are looking for stellar speakers. For them, book sales rank somewhere between a secondary issue and an annoyance. If they won’t / can’t sell books, think about whether your personal connection to the organizer, the “caliber” of the audience or, in some cases, the fee, make it worthwhile for you to speak anyway.
  • Some venues assume that authors will sell their own books. Some authors don’t mind doing this (books are purchased at a steep discount but sold full price — you do the math), but if you do not want to go through the trouble (many authors don’t), make sure you inform the host that you will not be selling your books and that they will need to make alternate arrangements.
  • If you will be speaking at a venue shortly after a book comes out, you might consider waiving a speaker’s fee if the venue sells books. Or ask the venue to use the fee to buy books for attendees. (Obviously, this is not an option for everyone, particularly if the venue is not covering travel costs.)
  • Be vocal with the event organizer about the importance of book sales. If you feel awkward “hawking” your book, talk about how hard you worked on the book, how much it means to you to get the book into the hands of readers and how strongly you feel about supporting local bookstores. If you don’t raise the issue of book sales, the organizer won’t know this is concern for you — don’t assume they will “get the message” because a publicist or someone else has asked about book sales on your behalf.
  • Make sure the organizer / bookseller knows about your most recent book — they may not think to promote this title. (Many authors are well-known for books they wrote years ago.) Likewise, if your paperback has just been published, let them know this edition is now available.
  • If at all possible, meet with the bookseller just before the event to sign all their books (signature only — no personalization); that way people who dash out of the event before the end are still able to purchase signed books. (Of course, people who want books personalized, i.e., “To Mary …”  will need to wait for you after the talk.) The bookseller will bring back unsold (signed) books to their store where they can sell them or they can return them to the publishing house.
  • Plan for your talk and Q&A to last no more than about an hour — people tend to get antsy after that and many will head out without buying books. Discuss the timing with the organizer / moderator ahead of time and have them issue a “Last question” just before the hour is up (or you can do so).
  • If you anticipate a large crowd have someone — the event organizer, an assistant — work the line with a pad of Post-Its. This way, your helper can flap all books to the title page and write names on a sticky attached to the book cover before the reader gets to the front of the line. (Otherwise, you will be scrambling to find the appropriate page to sign and figure out how to spell the name … for every single person in line.)
  • If you regularly speak to large crowds and have any restrictions when it comes to signing books (signature but no personalization, no photos, only signing the current book, only signing books purchased at the event), let the event organizer and / or bookseller know ahead of time. (Of course, if you are a celebrity author, there will likely be a number of other issues with which to contend including fans bringing gifts / memorabilia and security, but that’s another post for another day.)
  • If you are cornered at the end of the talk, rather than remain on stage, encourage the people asking questions to talk and walk with you to the book table so you can start signing immediately.
  • Bring a nice signing pen — although it’s not against the law to sign with a Bic pen, people are spending good money on your book!
  • If you have any time restrictions, i.e., you’re rushing to catch a flight, make sure to let the event organizer and bookseller know beforehand.

And here are some suggestions to pass on to event organizers. (Bookstores are old hands when it comes to events and probably don’t need this information.)

  • There are several ways for books to be available for attendees: your organization can sell books (purchased at a discount, sold full price), you / the book publicist can arrange for a bookseller (if you don’t already work with one regularly) or, if budgets allow, you can purchase them in advance for attendees.
  • If you are looking to buy books in bulk (you will get a discount), you can do so in a number of ways:
      • Purchase directly from the publishing house — the editor / publicist can provide the phone number / email address of the appropriate contact.
      • Purchase from 800 CEO Read (if they carry the book).
      • Purchase from Hooks Book Events. I have worked with owners Perry and Loretta for years and have always been impressed by their initiative, organization and — most importantly! — ability to sell loads and loads of books. Sales go through their local independent bookstore, but they offer discounts comparable to what can be obtained elsewhere.
  • If you choose to work with a bookseller, you will need to let them know all the event details (date, time, location, etc.) and also how many people are expected at the event so they can bring an appropriate number of books. Typically, most booksellers will operate on the assumption that one out of three attendees buys a book. Unless you let them know otherwise, they will plan to spend about two hours at the event, arriving about half an hour beforehand and leaving about half an hour after the talk ends.
  • If you or a bookstore are selling books, at least one table and chair with the books should be set up, about 30 minutes prior to the start of the event (since some people do like buying books beforehand). A second table and chair may be required at which the author can sit and sign books, particularly if there is a large crowd.
  • The book selling table should be positioned where people enter and leave the room / auditorium — usually just outside works. If you don’t force people to walk by the book table, they won’t.
  • If you are working with a bookseller, you can expect them to bring a cash box and credit card machine (and books, of course). They will take away unsold books at the end of the event; if at all possible, it is helpful if you have packing tape on hand. Some booksellers need to be near electrical outlets (for certain credit card machines) — they should specify this if this is the case, but it probably doesn’t hurt to check.
  • If a post-talk reception / dinner is planned, please allow some time for the author to sit and sign books once the talk finishes (usually 15-30 minutes, more for a couple hundred people or more). It’s tricky for an author to sign books at a reception (no matter how informal) / dinner.
  • Promotional materials for the event should mention the book signing (in addition to the talk). If you can, include the name of the store that will be selling books — they will appreciate the mention.
  • At some point during the introduction, the author’s latest book should be mentioned. Also, as the talk begins and ends, the moderator should let the audience know that the author’s book(s) are available for sale.

For more information about book events in general, you may want to check out:

Book publicity FAQ: book events

Why we schedule bookstore events and why we don’t

What you need to know about off-site book sales

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What are your top book event tips (or questions)?

September 15, 2011 Posted by | Book Tour, Bookstores, Events | 12 Comments

DIY Book Promotion and Publicity

As a publicist at a large publishing house, my inclination has always been (and possibly will always be) that authors should more or less leave book promotion to the experts: book publicists (either in-house or those with book PR / PR firms). Publicists keep on top of the latest news, know how to craft pitches and press materials, work to establish — and maintain — contacts with the media, and have access to vast media databases. That having been said, I realize authors are playing a greater role in marketing and promoting their books — not to mention those authors who self publish — and there are, in fact, some sites / tools that specifically cater to those striking it out on their own (and which are pretty handy for book publicists too)!

Here are a few; feel free to add your own in the comments.

Events:

Booktour.com: As the name implies, the site lists author events around the country. It boasts several features I think helps set it apart from other event listing sites (and this is why I use the site religiously):

  1. Events listed on Booktour.com are automatically fed to many online calendars and also the Author Page on Amazon. In other words, when I spend time entering event information on Booktour.com, I know those details will not only be emailed to subscribers (a fairly typical feature for most such sites), but will also go to dozens of sites on the web.
  2. Booktour.com offers a widget that authors can grab for their websites. Instead of painstakingly updating the events section each time an additional event is booked or a time or venue is changed, an author simply needs to drop in a line of code on their website and if the publicist is using Booktour.com, the events will automatically update.
  3. Booktour.com also offers various other events and media services that authors might find helpful.

Maestro Market: You can think of Maestro Market as an online speakers bureau. However, unlike most speakers bureaus / lecture agencies which will only take on well-known clients, anyone can sign up to be a “Maestro.” They key is to properly tag yourself so that you can be found by people seeking speakers / experts. The site is currently in beta and should be relaunching later this year.

Square: a small device that plugs in to your iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch / Android phone that enables you to accept credit card payments. You open an account on their website and download the app, they mail you the device (for free) and you’re good to go. They take 2.75 percent of each transaction. I haven’t had an occasion to use this, but it seems like it would come in pretty handy for authors selling books at events (or for booksellers who don’t want to lug around a credit card machine).

Media:

Google Alerts: You can sign up for Google Alerts for free, even if you don’t have a Google / Gmail account (although, given the amount of free services Google provides from email to document sharing to e-commerce, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t have an account)! The alerts allow you to track any online mentions of a name, title, term, phrase, etc. Set up one for your name so you can see when / where you’re mentioned and, if applicable, set up one for any topics or phrases that pertain to your book so you’re aware of what the media is covering and where you might fit in.

HARO / Reporter Connection: Both sites allow you to sign up as a source, i.e., author (or as a journalist if you’re looking for a source). Once you’re in their databases, reporters looking for an expert in your field will be able to find you. As a book publicist, I find these sites useful because I get to see numerous reporter queries so I can suggest one of my authors if their field of expertise is a good fit.

Who’s tried these sites? What do you think? Any others you like?

June 9, 2011 Posted by | Book Tour, Events, Media Monitoring, Online Marketing | 13 Comments

How to make sending email more efficient

Since we are all writers and / or work in the publishing industry and word smithing is how we earn our keep, I thought it might make sense to discuss how to communicate more efficiently in email messages, given that we are all swamped (and often checking messages on the fly on a mobile device about half the size of my palm). Here are some of my top Do’s and Don’ts.

Do

  • Use a descriptive, specific and accurate subject line. Also, amend / clarify your subject line if the topic of the message changes. When busy people scan subject lines on the hundreds of messages that arrive daily in their inboxes, guess which messages get opened first?
  • Make sure your response (and electronic signature) appear at the top — not the bottom — of a message chain. Remember that many people are accessing email on Blackberries and other mobile devices and can only see the first few lines of an email without scrolling.
  • Make sure your contact information appears in all messages (new ones as well as replies and forwards) as well as on messages sent from webmail accounts or mobile devices so recipients have your contact information at their finger tips at all times. Many people have been creating increasingly complex signatures, some of which take up a lot of space. If you have a long electronic signature, consider using it for new messages only, and then create a second signature with just your email address and phone number for replies, forwards and mobile devices.
  • Include your email address in your esignature. You may think it is redundant since the address appears on your email message. However, depending on if / how the message is forwarded, the email address does not appear.
  • Consider creating a discussion group, like Google Groups or Yahoo Groups, if you know you will have a lengthy and ongoing exchange between a number of people. This way, all responses to a particular topic easily stored in one place (and referred back to in the future). You can also set preferences so that you receive a notification email every time someone posts in the group, once a day, once a week or once a certain number of posts have accumulated. Ideally, you want to participate with a Gmail or Yahoo email account, but you can do so from any email account.

Don’t

  • This one is not new, but it continues to be a problem. Do not, not, NOT Reply All when it is not necessary. If you need to respond to more than one person on the distribution list, please show some consideration for busy colleagues and take 30 seconds to remove the people who do not need to receive your response.
  • Also not new: do not send unsolicited, large, i.e., 500 KB+ attachments. Most email providers limit the size of the user’s mailbox. Once the limit has been reached, the user can no longer send email messages (although received messages usually are stored. Somewhere). If you need to send a large message, consider uploading it to a document-sharing site like Google Docs or a file-sharing site like You Send It. That way, the recipient can simply click on a link to download the document directly to their hard drive. (Of course, if someone has just asked you to send a JPEG of an author photo or cover, it’s a good bet they’re ready to receive and deal with a massive file landing in their inbox.)
  • Do not set a rule requesting a notification when the recipient opens or deletes your message. If you don’t get a bounce back, assume the message has been received. If you don’t get a response, assume the recipient is really swamped. If it’s really important that you do get a response, send a follow-up message with a subject line that indicates the urgency of the message or give the person a call. Being asked to notify someone when I read their message is a bit like telling my manager every time I go to the bathroom — some things just don’t need to be shared.

What are your top email tips / pet peeves? Please feel free to weigh in with your own in the Comments section.

March 25, 2011 Posted by | Email | | 12 Comments

Working with book bloggers

As newspapers have slashed book sections, we’ve been really lucky that blogs have allowed lots and lots of people to talk about books. At the same time, publishing houses can be tricky for bloggers to navigate (given that we ourselves sometimes find other houses — and sometimes our own — tricky to navigate).

Here are some suggestions for book bloggers looking to obtain review copies of books from publishing houses (and if you are a book publicist, author or literary agent, feel free to pass on this information if you find it helpful):

  • Know your imprints. Contemporary publishing houses are behemoths made up of a number of different imprints (departments). If you are regularly reviewing and requesting books, it is important  you learn who is who. In most cases, there is no one contact person (or email address) for Penguin or Random House or Simon & Schuster — you’ll need to distinguish between the different imprints and know who to contact. Also, remember that all Children’s / YA imprints are separate from adult imprints. Here are some links to lists of imprints and email addresses at some of the largest publishing houses:

Hachette Book Group

Macmillan

Penguin Group

Random House

Simon & Schuster (List of divisions and imprints — no emails listed)

  • Include a buy link for the book and, if applicable, to the author’s website. Most book publicists don’t care too much whether the buy link is to a publishing house or to an e-commerce site like Amazon or Indiebound, but we do want to see a link.
  • Feature the most recent edition of the book. Check the publication date of a book and the cover (and buy link) for the most recent edition of the book. It can be discouraging when we see a review a year after a book has been published … with no mention of the paperback. Keep in mind, too, that many readers prefer to purchase the cheaper paperback edition of a book, so this information is valuable for them, too.
  • Feature your country’s edition of the book. Assuming most of your readers are located in the country in which you live (which is often but not always the case), feature the cover of and buy link to the book in the store in that country. So, for example, if your readers are primarily in the US, make it easier for them and feature the American edition of the book; if you readers are primarily in the UK, feature the British edition.
  • Be mindful of the book’s on-sale date. In an ideal world, all reviews would be published on or around (within a week or so of) the book’s publication date. Although readers can preorder books, they often will not unless the author is well-known and the book is highly anticipated, so most early reviews don’t generate too many sales. We realize we cannot dictate when someone can run a review, however, but if the review does early, we do appreciate your making a note of this. (Also, keep in mind that just because you receive a finished book from us, it doesn’t mean it is available in stores — we receive finished books six weeks ahead of time and we send these books to journalists, bloggers and others who need to receive books ahead of time.)
  • Request current / upcoming titles. In publishing, we’re focused primarily on current and upcoming titles. This means we often don’t have the budget to provide (complimentary) review copies of books that have come out years (or even months) previously. This doesn’t mean we won’t ever provide them — and you can always ask — but it does mean that you will need a pretty good reason for needing / wanting those older books.

Book publicists: what would you add? Bloggers: questions / comments?

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, review copies | 6 Comments

How Excel can make book publicity easier

In the field of book promotion, we don’t often use Excel,  and the truth is that you only need mention “pivot table” or “concatenate” to make my head swim. But even though we don’t need to make use of Excel’s advanced functions, book publicists and authors can use it for one basic purpose: to efficiently maintain lists of names. In fact, storing data in Word is akin to, say, writing a book in Excel.

As handy as Excel can be for our lists of names, it needs to be used correctly so that the information can be easily mail merged and / or imported into various publicity databases and mailing systems. Here are a few Excel issues / questions that I’ve seen arise:

Leading zeros: Excel’s default format causes “leading” zeros to be dropped. For example, if you were to enter “06520″ into a cell, it would appear as “6520.” Some users attempt to rectify the situation by replacing the number “0″ with the capital letter “O.” This looks correct, but it means the information can’t be imported into a mailing system (or a database connected to a mailing system), because the system does not recognize letters in the zip code field (at least not if you’re in the US).

–> Instead, highlight your column, then click “Format” from the top menu bar, then “Cell,” then select “Text” in the box on the left on the “Number” tab. This will allow you to “keep” all leading zeros.

Address fields: All databases use separate fields for each element of an address, so in order to be able to import the address into any publicity database (to generate address labels) or even to mail merge address labels, you need to separate out the address into its components.

–> All databases are slightly different, but it usually works to create separate fields called Address1 (street number and name), Address2 (Floor / Suite / Apartment number), City, State and Zip. Click here for a template. (One caveat: if you are an author or literary agent working with a publicist who has asked you to submit names, show them the template before you use it; they may ask you to make some small changes to the fields.)

Sorting: If you need to sort your contacts, i.e., some contacts should receive galleys while others should receive books, or some contacts receive personal notes while others do not, do not highlight or use a different color text for those records.

–> It may seem to make sense to highlight certain names — the way one would in a book or on a piece of paper — but in Excel, there’s no function that allows you to sort by color. (Excel alphabetizes, i.e., sorts, by column.) So instead, create a new column, called, say “Personal Notes” and mark off a “P” (or an “X”) next to those contacts who should receive personal notes. Then, when you highlight that column and hit the “ABC” button on the shortcuts menu bar, all your contacts who should receive notes will be in one place.

What are some of your Excel bugaboos / quick fixes?

March 4, 2011 Posted by | Miscellaneous | , | 14 Comments

NPR Books Grid: 2/4-2/10

I’ve been meaning to post about email etiquette and more than that, usage trends and tips, particularly since many people have migrated their back-and-forth exchanges to discussion groups like Google Groups and Basecamp. What are your top email likes and dislikes? Do you prefer discussions to be conducted over email? Or in a discussion group? Leave your comments below.

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Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 19 (13 Last Week)

All Things Considered: 1 (2  LW)

Diane Rehm: 3 (1  LW)

Fresh Air: 2 (0 LW)

Morning Edition: 1 (0 LW)

NPR.org: 10 (5  LW)

Talk of the Nation: 0 (3 LW)

Tell Me More:  0 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 1 (1 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 (0 LW)

All Things Considered Cinderella Ate My Daughter Linda Orenstein
Diane Rehm Good Daughter, The Jasmin Darznik
Diane Rehm House of Prayer No. 2 Mark Richard
Diane Rehm Henry’s Demons Patrick Cockburn
Fresh Air Stuntman! Hal Needham
Fresh Air Chinaberry Sidewalks Rodney Crowell
Morning Edition Academically Adrift Richard Arum
NPR.org New in Paperback: Feb 7-13
NPR.org Stranger on the Planet, A Adam Schwartz
NPR.org/Books We Like Psychiatric Tales Darryl Cunningham
NPR.org/Books We Like Moneymakers Ben Tarnoff
NPR.org/Monkey See I Beat the Odds Michael Oher
NPR.org/Monkey See A Discovery of Witches Deborah E. Harkness
NPR.org/Monkey See Year of the Hare Arto Paasilinna
NPR.org/My Guilty Pleasure Destiny Times Six Katherine DeJersey
NPR.org/Three Books … Three Books On Entering Strange New World
NPR.org/You Must Read This A Time to Keep Silence Patrick Leigh Fermor
Weekend Edition Saturday Garbio Larry Vanderleest
Weekend Edition Sunday Weird Sisters, The Eleanor Brown

February 11, 2011 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

NPR Books Grid: 1/28-2/3

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 13 (20 Last Week)

All Things Considered: 2 (5 LW)

Diane Rehm: 1 (3 LW)

Fresh Air: 0 (3 LW)

Morning Edition: 0

NPR.org: 5 (6 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 3 (1 LW)

Tell Me More:  0 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 1 (2 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 0 (0 LW)

All Things Considered Futures, The Emily Lambert
All Things Considered Endgame Franky Brady
Diane Rehm Left Neglected Lisa Genova
Morning Edition How to Be Sick Toni Bernhard
NPR.org Three Books … / Three Eyewitness Books About Crime Fighting
NPR.org I Love a Broad Margin to My Life Maxine Hong Kingston
NPR.org New In Paperback: Jan. 31-Feb. 6
NPR.org / Books We Like Swamplandia Karen Russell
NPR.org / Books We Like Deus et Machina Andrew Foster Altschul
Talk of the Nation Future of Power Joseph Nye
Talk of the Nation Black History of the White House Clarence Lusane
Talk of the Nation Harlem is Nowhere Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
Weekend Edition Saturday Scorecasting Tobias J. Moskowitz

February 4, 2011 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , | Leave a Comment

NPR Books Grid: 1/21-1/27

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 20

All Things Considered: 5

Diane Rehm: 3

Fresh Air: 3

Morning Edition: 0

NPR.org: 6

Talk of the Nation: 1

Tell Me More:  0

Weekend Edition Saturday: 2

Weekend Edition Sunday: 0

All Things Considered Lastingness Nicholas Delbanco
All Things Considered Heaven’s Bride Leigh Eric Schmidt
All Things Considered My Father at 100 Ron Reagan
All Things Considered O Anonymous
All Things Considered Straight Talk, No Chaser Steve Harvey
Diane Rehm Memory of Love, The Aminatta Forna
Diane Rehm J.D. Salinger Kenneth Slawenski
Diane Rehm Cinderella Ate My Daughter Peggy Orenstein
Fresh Air Hidden Reality, The Brian Greene
Fresh Air J.D. Salinger Kenneth Slawenski
Fresh Air Strange Stirring, A Stephanie Coontz
NPR.org You Know When the Men Are Gone Siobhan Fallon
NPR.org New In Paperback: Jan. 24-30
NPR.org J.D. Salinger Kenneth Slawenski
NPR.org / Books We Like Harlem is Nowhere Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
NPR.org / Books We Like Outrageous Fortunes Daniel Altman
NPR.org / You Must Read This Mountain Lion Jean Stafford
Talk of the Nation Violence of Peace, The Stephen L. Carter
Weekend Edition Saturday You Can Count On Monsters Richard Peters Evans
Weekend Edition Saturday Why Leaders Lie John J. Mearsheimer

January 28, 2011 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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