Prepub Alert, December 20

This week, Prepub Alert wraps up coverage of June 2011 titles with 27 books of fiction and nonfiction. The beach reading theme that’s run through all the June coverage shows up here (see Mary Kay Andrews’s Summer Rental), but there’s also Jeffery Deaver doing James Bond. Tomorrow, I’ll post Coming Attractions, a list of the biggest books coming your way in August. Then Prepub Alert is on vacation until the New Year.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.


  1. Hi Barbara!
    I am a new book blogger and am having a BALL! I LOVE reading, so I decided to start blogging. I am disabled, unable to work at all due to a neurological disease, and reading IS something I CAN do!!! I must admit that while reading, I can do anything anyone else can do, or things I used to be able to do and now can’t. It surely takes my mind off of ‘me’!
    I was wondering if you could take some of your precious time to give me some tips on how to break into the world of getting ARC’s? For some of the new books that are on the Best Seller lists right now, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, etc.
    I have won several books in exchange for reviews at Amazon and all the other expected booksellers, which I ‘have’ followed through with. I am a Lifetime Member at Library Thing. I have 1 reading group I just created at Yahoo, but found out there are approximately 82,000 + other reading groups! I started a Reading Group on Facebook called Reading Nook, and have NO subscribers yet! I have found this is NOT easy to get into!
    I have met a very wonderful author, Ann H. Gabhart, who wants me to read her new book being released this summer 2011. (Not her current book being released in Feb ’11, called ‘Angel Sister’, but another new Shaker series book. I don’t even have the name yet! Zondervan chose me to review Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury, and I did so.
    I “do” do ALL my reviews as many places as I can find! I try to make sure I put reviews on ALL the booksellers sites with my name and blog addy so possibly other authors can see me and ask me to blog and review.
    I am wondering if here on Library Journal you need reviewers to blog and write reviews?
    I am trying to break into this new world, and it is NOT as easy as one might think. I did not expect it to be easy, but I am VERY anxious to get going! I have won an award from a fellow blogger called the “Versatile Reader Blog”! That was exciting!
    The other hard part is designing and learning how to, for instance, get that award posted on my blog! That is a whole other monster – learning the ropes of designing a blog!
    Any hints, ideas, or experiences you did to get where you are?
    My goal one day, of course, is to write a book. I figure the more books I write and blog/review/have a group on, can only help me in the long run.
    I, myself, have lived a very interesting life which I could make several good books about. But, of course, experience counts the most. I have been a pleasure reader my whole life, and now want to go professional.
    ANY advice you could give me would be SO appreciated!!!
    Thank you for taking the time out of your SO busy schedule to even read this email! I look forward to sometime hearing from you, I hope?
    Thank you!!!
    Laurie Carlson