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Subject: Keep track of series
Date Posted: 10/22/2009 6:35 PM ET
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Saw this thread in Hidden gems, thought I would pass it along to those who are interested www.fictfact.com .

Last Edited on: 10/22/09 6:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/22/2009 7:17 PM ET
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This site looks interesting and could be useful when trying to find what other books might be in a series (though this info can frequently be found on an author's website). I was a little disappointed that they limit themselves to the books published as a part of a series.

i.e., they have information about all of Mary Balogh's recent series (thought their list for the Bedwyns doesn't include the related stories, One Night for Love and A Summer to Remember) but doesn't mention any of the other books in her extensive backlist.

They don't have info about Diana Palmer at all. :-( I've mentioned before but would like to suggest here an alternative: fictiondb.com. I love, love, love this website! Sign up for free and actually keep track of what you have and what you want, see all of an author's booklist including their series, read synopses and see the publication history including all ISBNs (quintessential with the recent trend toward re-issues), search your own books or the some 300,000+ in the database.

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 8:11 PM ET
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fictiondb.com is how I track series books now.  I used to be totally lost keeping up with that & bought a lot of books that I later found out were part of a series, and isn't that annoying?  I run every new suspect through there first now:P  It's a lot less time consuming than checking websites.

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 10:33 PM ET
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LOL, Kim! And isn't it even more frustrating when the author doesn't provide a whole lot of backstory, expecting you to have read the books in order? i.e., Shiloh Walker's Hunter series. I've managed to get my bookholders on some of the later books, but the first several in the series are elusive and expensive!

And re-issues? I definitely want to know when an upcoming release is a re-issue or worse, a re-issue of the first book(s) in a series.

I, too, keep track of my library/inventory at fictiondb.com. It's so nice to just be able to select an author and click on an icon to add a new title. I especially like that re-issues, hardcover editions, etc. are not listed separately. X number of titles = X number of books in an author's booklist. Even my brain can handle that!


Date Posted: 10/23/2009 6:32 AM ET
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I use Byron Reference although I do belong to fictiondb.com as well.  I just like the way Byron can be customized, notes added, difference book lists, etc.  Though it is interesting that the two sources sometimes have different series information - sometimes one recognizes a series and the other doesn't.  I do like that fictiondb gives you links to reviews and that is really  handy. 

Date Posted: 10/23/2009 12:20 PM ET
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What a great site! Thanks for the reco, Jane!

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 10:12 PM ET
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I have become beyond frustrated with 75% of the authors out there (especially my smut writers) who don't have a COMPLETE list of series on their own website. And even fictiondb.com and fantasticfiction.com, I've found, don't include anthology stories in their series lists. As someone who is meticulous about keeping track of such things, I've been banging my head against the wall a lot lately since I've been updating my WL and RL.  And on a side rant, authors, please please please streamline your sites better. I think someone else has complained about Cherry Adair's site, and, as I recently tried to find out if and where the upcoming anthology "The Bodyguard" fits into any of her series, it was Mission: Impossible. Ugh.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 12:27 AM ET
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Another really great site for looking up fiction books/series is http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ .  They aren't set up for you to track your own books though.

Last Edited on: 11/2/09 12:28 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/2/2009 1:21 PM ET
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Gina - You mentioned anthologized stories... fictiondb.com does include these in series lists, although there are occasional omissions when the author doesn't include them in their own lists and the site owner has to rely on her own knowledge or learn of them from site users. Anthologized stories are designated by (ss) at the end of the title (indicating short story). The link to the anthology book title and isbn are included in the story description page.