What Do Readers Want to Know About Upcoming Books?

To paraphrase James Brown, “mama’s got a brand new gig.”

Beginning around October 1 on Tor.com, I’ll be previewing each month’s new releases in Science Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, and Young Adult/Paranormals, addressing such important questions as: “When will the world domination of Young Adult fiction be complete?” and “Do we really need twenty-five zombie novels this month?”

The column will not be limited to books being published by Tor, but will cover all major publishing imprints.

Here’s the question today, folks: What information about upcoming books do you as a reader like to see?
Author quotes?
Plot synopses?
Links to author pages?
Specific release dates?
Highlighted “anticipated” and “sleeper” titles?
What else?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

6 thoughts on “What Do Readers Want to Know About Upcoming Books?

  1. What a fun job, Suzanne. I’m jealous.

    As for me, I like to see a plot synopsis and an excerpt, if possible. Release dates and link to the author’s page is nice, too.

    I can’t wait for the first edition.

  2. SWEET. Sounds fun!

    Oh. I’d say Highlighted “anticipated” and “sleeper” titles. Author quotes are fun. I love links to their author pages. I really want to be hooked. So, whatever can grab me, typically the first few sentences would be fun. 🙂

    Happy Friday!!

  3. So proud of you for getting this gig, my friend!

    Can’t wait to check it out.

    Remind us over on the WITS loop with a link when it goes up, won’t you?


  4. Thanks, guys! I’m frantically trying to get up to speed on genres I don’t typically read (i.e., sci-fi! eek!), so it will be interesting.

    One thing I’m learning for us authors: make it easy to find us from our web pages. I swear I feel like a detective as I’m trying to find contact info on some of these folks!