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Authors Talking – Booking Through Thursday

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Suggested by Barbara H.:

A comment on someone else’s BTT question this week inspired this question:

Do you read any author’s blogs? If so, are you looking for information on their next project? On the author personally? Something else?

There’s not many authors I know who blog. However, there are two that stand out for me:

Meg Waite Clayton – Basically her blog has other authors guest blogging on their experience in writing and publishing their first novel. The guest posts are excellent, especially the recent one from Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Elizabeth Emerson Hancock – She’s hilarious. Somehow I’d forgotten to subscribe to her blog (I’ve now remedied that). BUT, I couldn’t forget her, and this post about The Five People You Meet at Every Book Signing pegged me as The Gusher. I’m sorry. I just can’t help myself.

Obviously I don’t have much of a collection of author blogs. But what would I want to read? Something interesting! Meg Waite Clayton’s blog – interesting! Elizabeth Hancock’s blog – funny! Yeah, I want to know about their next project, but really, isn’t there only so much you can hear before that subject is, well, tired?

I almost wasn’t going to participate in this week’s BTT, but then I thought, no, you guys can point me in the right direction to some cool author blogs. Or at least tell me what you’re interested in an author’s blog.

So do tell! Who should I be reading? What would YOU like to be reading on an author’s blog?

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24 Responses to “Authors Talking – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Sally

    I agree; I want to read an interesting blog–I don’t care so much for the occupation of the owner. Here’s my answer:
    http://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/02/booking-through-thursday-authors.html

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  2. Meghan

    I read Meg Waite Clayton’s too. I have quite a long list – I think I like to read their blogs because usually they’re smart, articulate, and have very interesting lives. A lot of mine are historical fiction authors, too, so they write about history, which I love. 🙂 I agree that it would get boring if they wrote only about their upcoming books.

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  3. Beth F

    I don’t read any on a regular basis, but I have specific reasons for visiting authors’ websites or blogs when I do go seeking.

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  4. Yvonne

    I don’t know many author blogs either. I go searching for a couple if I’ve read something good and want to know more about the author’s other work. I do like reading blogs that have interesting writing tips in them.

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  5. Jeane

    So far I’ve never found an author’s blog I wanted to follow.

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  6. Carol

    I’m glad you decided to partisipate. I enjoyed reading your post.

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  7. Chris@bookarama

    Elizabeth Hancock’s blog is hilarious! I like her observations.

    I have my tiny list in my btt answer.

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  8. Elizabeth Emerson Hancock

    Yay! Welcome aboard. And you are not alone in your Gusher-itude. You should have seen how shamelessly I followed Rick Bragg around at an author fair we both attended in Kentucky. I’m lucky he didn’t call security.

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  9. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog

    I also love Elizabeth and her blog, but I think my favorite post so far was the one that compared self-published authors at a festival she attended to carnies. Great!

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  10. gautami tripathy

    I somewhat echo your thoughts.

    Books are important, not authors!

    Authored, are we?!

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  11. Bluestocking

    I follow J. Scott Savage, Marie Bostwick, Anne Cordwainer, Carrie Bebris (who used a snippet of my review on her website), Stephanie Barron, Robert Liparulo.

    I check in on other authors like Michael Scott, James A. Owens, Carolyn Hart occasionally.

    I like getting advance news in the books on which they are currently working.

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  12. The Social Frog

    I do go to one authors blog, but I visit only like once a week, sometimes more 🙂

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  13. Jeanne

    I have a list of author blogs on my sidebar, and enjoy dipping in to see what they’re thinking. Some (Justine Larbalestier) give writing advice, which I don’t care for as much–but she talks about other things, too. Some do the online journal thing, which I’m not very interested in. Until recently, I enjoyed following Nick Harkaway’s musings on life, the universe and everything, but he just changed his website and his blog has been a little less full of content in the past couple of weeks. One that I read every so often because she includes poems is Kristin Cashore’s. She’s a young adult writer (Graceling), and like all YA writers, caters to a younger crowd. I tend to add authors to the sidebar as I come across them in my dilatory way. Why do I like reading their blogs–because it’s like what Holden Caulfield wants at the end of Catcher in the Rye–he says when you read a good book, you’d like to call the author up at the end of it. (No doubt this is why Salinger became a recluse). Reading an author’s blog is the next best thing to being able to call them up. It can prolong my adoration.

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  14. sarah pekkanen

    I like Tess Gerritsen’s blog, and Jennifer Weiner’s. For advice and insider info on publishing and writing, no one can beat J.A. Konrath. I always wonder how authors manage to blog AND write books. I know I can’t do it, which is why I don’t blog. I feel like my creative well (which runs plenty shallow far too often) would dry up after I blogged, and I’d never work on my novel.

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  15. Natasha @ Maw Books

    Whenever I read a book that I like or interview an author and they have a blog I will almost always follow. Most authors do have blogs. I also subscribe to all of the local author blogs in my state. They usually keep up to date on author events in the area. All said, I probably subscribe to about 40 author blogs. I don’t always read them but I always scan them. They really are a wealth of information about their own books, the author experience in general and about the books that they are reading.

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  16. bermudaonion

    I love Meg Waite Clayton’s blog. I have read Elizabeth Emerson Hancock’s yet, but I have her book waiting to be read.

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  17. Lisa

    I love love LOVE Joshilyn Jackson’s blog. It’s incredibly funny, more so than her books, and is one of my favorites.
    http://www.joshilynjackson.com/mt/

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  18. S. Krishna

    I’m a fan of Meg Waite Clayton’s blog as well!

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  19. Barbara H.

    I’m not familiar with either of those authors, but I clicked over to read the The Five People You Meet at Every Book Signing — hilarious! I’m the Circler — not because I don’t want to be sold the book (though that’s true — I’d rather pick it up on my own) but because I AM shy and can’t think of anything to say other than, “I liked your book” — which they’d probably like to hear, but it sounds so lame.

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  20. Robin of My Two Blessings

    I love reading author blogs. I have found some very interesting, entertaining, witty authors. Look up the authors you enjoy beside meg and Elizabeth. You just may discovered something new.

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  21. Matthew

    This week’s question unearths the truth that I do not have many favorite authors. Most of the authors whose works I continue to re-read and explore are dead. I have favorite books.

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  22. Jen Forbus

    I also checked out The Five People You Meet at Every Book Signing and had to laugh. I’m another gusher, I’m afraid. I doubt I’ll ever be able to break myself of it.

    As far as author blogs. I read Alafair Burke’s blog and Tim Hallinan’s blog. Alafair talks a lot about everyday things, which is fun. She asked for help coming up with a book title in one post. Tim is more centered on his writing and creativity and whatnot. He posted several chapters from a book he’s working on to get feedback from the blog readers. He’s also hosting a guest blog series on “creativity.” Very interesting blog. And he has a real sarcastic wit that I just love.

    I’ve visited other writers blogs, but those are the only two that I read consistently.

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  23. Meg

    I like Frances Dindlespeil’s Ghost Word and Michelle Richmond’s Sans Serif.

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  24. Melody

    Will check out those blogs, thanks for mentioning them!
    BTW, you’re tagged! 🙂

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