How Do You Remember New To You Authors?

July 11, 2015 Discussions 16

I’ve recently come across a few first-in-a-series books that I absolutely adored. So much so, that had there been any more in the series (or any more by that author at all), I would have gone right out and bought them! Unfortunately, they have all been not only a first in the series, but a first book ever for these authors.

So with no way to easily track when the next book would come out, it got me to thinking. What do all of you do? I’ve followed them on GoodReads, and added them to my Amazon favorite authors section in the hopes that I’ll get an e-mail or some such if they have another book out. And once the books are published (these have all been eARCs….) I’ll be buying a physical copy in the hopes that I’ll see and remember to look the authors up again later.

But knowing me, and knowing that it will be at least a year or more before another book comes out… There is a very good chance I will totally forget about them. Even if I happen to see the sequel up on NetGalley, I may or may not remember having read the first book since I won’t remember the author name at that point.

I tell myself that “of course I’ll remember! I loved the book!“. Or that I’ll go back through my 4-5 star ratings and see if any of the authors have new stuff out. But I know myself too well. I’m highly unlikely to get around to sorting back through my ratings just to check up on authors. And with my blonde-brain, I’m not likely to remember an author name unless I have multiple books from them. (And even then, I may not twig to it right away!)

I even sent in a feature request to NetGalley back the end of May. Asking them if they’d ever set up a way to favorite authors the way we can favorite publishers. You know how you can do that, and then they show up in the Favorite Publishers list when looking for new books to request? Wouldn’t that be awesome to be able to do with authors? Especially for forgetful people like me? *laughs* The Community Manager liked the idea and said he’d submit it to consideration. But I’m not holding my breath about it.


How do you remember authors to come back to? DO you remember, or is it just a happy coincidence if you stumble upon another book by an author you really liked? Do you have a special shelf somewhere that you keep books on to remind you to stalk that author for more? Or do you not bother and figure if you find another book at some future point great, but if not at least you read one book?

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16 Responses to “How Do You Remember New To You Authors?”

  1. Lola

    If I really loved a book by a new to me author I probably remember, which doesn’t happen often as I rarely give out 5 stars ratings. Often I try to follow the author on social media or subscribe to their newsletter. I am pretty picky to which newsletters I subscribe, but if I find a new to me author I will probably follow them on social media, sometiems even before I actually read the book. I think social media is a pretty good way to keep track of new releases. If the next book is already on goodreads I’ll add it to my to-read list already, although that often isn’t the case. I also gave the amazon favourite authors feature a try, I only follow 5 authors or so, but it seems to work nicely by reminding me of their new releases.

    There are also some authors whom I forget until I encounter them online one way or another. There is also a site called fictfact where you can mention which series you follow and be notified of new releases, but I thought it was too much of an hassle to add all my books there and on goodreads so I stopped, but that site is made specifically for remininding you about new releases, so it might work for your purpose. Great topic!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I don’t tend to give a lot of 5 Star ratings either, but somehow I managed to come across 2 eARCs in a row that both made me feel they deserved it. One of the authors must have seen my review of the book on NetGalley as she asked to be friends on GoodReads. So I’m pretty sure I’ll remember her when the next book comes out. Seeing as she’s the only author on my friends list!

      Good to know the Amazon favorite authors works. I hadn’t used that before since my favorite authors are usually ones I’ve read enough books from I remember their names! I’ll have to see if I’m able to favorite these 2 there as well (I’ve already done so on GoodReads.)

      Fictfact sounds perfect depending on how many hoops I have to jump through. I will have to go see. Thank you!

      • Lola

        If I remember correctly fictfact was pretty easy to set up, but you have to add all the series you want to monitor, which can take a while if you read a lot ;). It’s a pretty neat concept for keeping track of new releases.

    • SilvaraWilde

      My current issue is the next book isn’t far enough along to have a title. *laughs* So no way to easily track it other than stalking the authors. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I probably shouldn’t be admitting this, but when I’m bored I stalk authors on Goodreads. And by stalk, I mean I click on their names to see if they have any new books coming out that I didn’t know about. And then I do happy dances around my bedroom when I find out something new. But I can see how if you don’t regularly check, it would be hard to remember. I also post what new YA books come out each week, so it would be hard for a book to get by me. Maybe the best way is to keep an eye out on what bloggers are posting about because the new books are usually always on my blog feed from other bloggers.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* I don’t dance around the house, but I do bounce happily at my desk and scare the cats. A lot of books that are coming out I hear about from blog friends. So that might work. Except I’m not sure any of my friends read the particular books that made me write this post! Maybe by the time the sequels come out they will have though. Thanks for stopping by!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I know! I’m not holding my breath, but I am crossing my fingers that they add the ability to follow authors on Netgalley. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Elizabeth

    I just put the first book into GR and if the title of the next is known, I TBR it. Once in a while I’ll be going through my list of what I’ve read, usually for a Top Ten Tuesday post, and I’ll be reminded of an author I wanted to read more from, but these days between ARCs and things I crave to read on my own, if it isn’t my head I don’t worry about it.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I’ve started a GoodReads shelf titled: Authors I Need More Of, and put one book from each author I’m not stalking already into it. So that maybe next year when their new books come out I’ll remember I wanted to read them. Because the ones I already know and love I won’t forget to check for books for, but new to me authors I’m too likely to have a blonde moment on.

      My TBR shelf on GoodReads is full of books I already own and need to read. That’s just how they were imported from Amazon for some reason. So adding the book/author to that shelf wouldn’t help me much.

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