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Many thanks to Lenore at Presenting Lenore and her husband, Daniel!  Daniel is a published illustrator who agreed to create a graphic for her (and me! and all of us!) for the LT Author Challenge.  Is that Emmy reading a book written by a LibraryThing Author?!

Here’s the list of books I hope to read and review for the challenge:

  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
  • Transported by Tim Jones
  • Guernica: A Novel by Dave Bolin
  • Janeology by Karen Harrington
  • The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea by Christopher Meeks

That’s two LT Author books a month, in addition to my “regular” schedule for reviewing, book groups, etc.  I think I’m up for the challenge!

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Last week during the weekly Tuesday Thingers question, the Boston Bibliophile asked us who our LibraryThing authors are.  What is a LibraryThing author?  Simply put, “an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.”

I wasn’t even sure how to find out the answer to this question (I learn more about LT each week with these questions!), but it’s straightforward, just go to your LibraryThing profile (here’s mine) and look in the right-hand column.  In the Member Connections box your LibraryThing Authors are listed underneath Friends and Interesting Libraries.

After reading several dozen responses to the Tuesday Thingers question, I realized that my paltry two authors paled in comparison to some of your lists!  I decided to start a Challenge to increase my author listings, and invite you to join me.  Here are the guidelines:

  1. The LibraryThing Author Challenge runs from September 1 – November 30, 2008 (a full three months!)
  2. Make a list of LT Authors and books that you’d like to read (keeping in mind that the list of possible authors is always growing, so your wish list may change)
  3. Crossovers with other Challenges are allowed
  4. Post your reviews on your blog and on LibraryThing
  5. Leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post about this Challenge

Now, a few housekeeping items:

  1. This is the first Challenge I’ve put together – please let me know if I’ve left out any details!
  2. At the end of the Challenge I’ll give a $20 gift card (your choice: IndieBound, Borders, Barnes & Noble or Amazon) to one random winner; one entry per LT Author book completed according to the above guidelines
  3. I’m not heavily technical – if one of you is willing to create a logo that we can all use for the LibraryThing Author Challenge I’ll give you 5 entries into the gift card drawing as a “thank you!”  *** update 9/2/08 – we have a graphic (see above) … thanks, Lenore and Daniel! ***

I jotted down a quick list, and will add to it over the next week as I review all the great postings from this past week:

  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  • Aberrations by Penelope Przekop
  • Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

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Courtesy of the Boston Bibliophile, here’s this week’s Tuesday Thingers … Today’s topic: LibraryThing authors. Who are your LibraryThing authors? What books of theirs do you have? Do you ever comment on an author’s LT page? Have you received any comments from an author on your LT account?

There are only two LT authors that I’ve read:  Phyllis Zimbler Miller (Mrs. Lieutenant) and Emmett James (Admit One).  Both of these were for blog tours, and we e-mailed and commented on blogs and LT accounts as part of the communication process before and after reviewing.

I’ll be doing an author tour with David Ebershoff (The 19th Wife) in November for TLC Book Tours, so he’ll be added.  I’d love to say I have Meg Waite Clayton (The Wednesday Sisters), but her novel is still on my wish list, not yet in my library!

I have heard from several (non-LT) authors after my review of their books have posted on my blog.  So many of them use “Google Alerts” or other notification services that they know right away when their name is mentioned in the blogosphere!  Since I usually e-mail a copy of my review (or a short note with a link to the review) to the author/publicist/publisher, I’m always surprised when an author “beats me to it” by contacting me shortly after my review has posted.

I’ve suggested LT Authors to someone whose work I recently reviewed.  I like the features available, such as author chat, and think it would make the author more accessible and more connected with his readers.  Here’s an idea for a new LT feature – a button/form/link that we could use to invite an author to join (does this already exist?).

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