Welcome to the first Friday Word on the Street where I share what I’ve heard and seen in book world recently. I still chat all books all the time in my book salon on Facebook, Great Thoughts Great Readers. We have over 2,300 readers and authors there daily chatting all things book. Join us there.
Word on the Street
February has been quite busy in book world.
- Pam Jenoff’s book, The Orphan’s Tale, came out on 2/21/17 to great fanfare with this fabulous review from NPR.
- A Piece of the World by Cristina Baker Kline and The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth (two amazing authors) both published this week. I have not yet read A Piece of the World yet but it is on the nightstand (or in the kindle in my case). I loved Hepworth’s book as I do all of hers.
- Claire Mackintosh’s, I See You, also came out on 2/21/2017. All the psych thriller readers are obsessing about this book.
- Steena Holmes’ Abby’s Journey came out on 2/14/2017. I love this author and her books!
- Julie Pennell is a debut author whose book, The Young Wives Club, came out earlier this month. I REALLY enjoyed it and love supporting new authors.
- Meredith Jaeger is also a debut author whose book, The Dressmaker’s Dowry came out early February. Excellent historical fiction.
- This coming week, The Golden Hour by T. Greenwood (with the most gorgeous cover) and Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen come out. Both are widely anticipated in book world.
Look For The Helpers
I’ve always loved the quote from Mr. Rogers’ mother where she advised him to “Look for the Helpers.” There are many “helpers’ in book world. This week, I’d like to give shoutouts to these amazing helpers:
- Brenda Janowitz is the unsung hero of authors. She is the author of numerous amazing books AND she does the most widely followed book lists on PopSugar. A shoutout from Brenda on PopSugar immediately ends up on an author’s Amazon page. I daresay her posts alone sell so many books.
- M.J. Rose is amazing. In addition to being a best-selling author in her own right, she also runs Author Buzz, one of the most successful book marketing programs out there. I heard a story recently about a huge kindness M.J. Rose paid to an author going through rough times that she did not know well at all. Wow!
What are you reading and where are you going?