Author Websites (and some book news)
Maybe my expectations are just too high, but these days I expect authors to have a website. So when today’s Publishers Lunch reported a deal for a new Kristen Tracy book, and since I’ve been meaning to read Lost It, I thought, “Oh, maybe I’ll go to her website.” Only I can’t find a website, or a blog, or even a MySpace page. And I can’t be bothered to continue searching for an author I’ve never read. If authors don’t want to blog, that’s their prerogative. But not having at least some web presence? In this day and age? When you’re writing for teens?
If you’re an author, please, please get yourself a website. Your readers will appreciate it, and so will librarians. I’m on the YA statewide picks committee for our library system, and our goal is to select those upcoming books we think will be popular and that each library should have (and we’re talking about 51 libraries here). Since we try to order pre-pub, usually three months ahead of time, often we’re just guessing at what’s going to be the most popular. There are some authors we’re pretty sure of (like Meg Cabot), but there are so few pre-pub reviews and you can’t always find blurbs on publisher or vendor websites, that sometimes author websites and blogs are my only source of information. And if you do have a website, can you please post information about your upcoming book more than a month or two in advance? Thanks.
Anyway, Tracy’s next book definitely sounds interesting: “follow[s] a clique in Kalamazoo, Michigan who set out to have an unforgettable summer while attempting to commit the best crime ever — and to prepare their college applications — as they contend with aggressive parrots, a knife-wielding psycho brother, their underdeveloped consciences, an unfortunate kayaker, and the long arm of the law.”
Two other YA deals were mentioned, a debut novel by Cecilia Galante (about best friends “forced to runaway from the religious commune they’ve lived in their entire lives”) and a novel by television writer Robin Epstein (“a 15-year old girl in the midst of an ethical dilemma”).
Update: Kristen Tracy now has a website! Go visit.