This month LitChat is celebrating its five-year anniversary. When we created the #litchat hashtag in January 0f 2009, we were encouraged by the interesting conversation that happened in Twitter. People were anxious to discuss books and reading and writing. Authors saw the opportunity to connect with readers in a fresh new way and our guest host author series has been a tremendous success.
We’re excited to announce some changes in LitChat. Starting today, we’re moving our guest host #litchat sessions to Wednesdays. Monday’s chat will cycle through many of the favorite topics we’ve enjoyed through the years, including MediaMonday. We will no longer host a Friday #litchat session.
You’ll also see new content on the home page. We’ve recruited a team contributing editors to write blog posts about topics of interest to readers and writers. Our first featured author is Mary Vensel White, who begins her blog series with a timely message about new year’s resolutions and the writer. Be sure to take a few moments to read through Mary’s piece and leave your comments. Watch for additional author blogs to appear as this new section develops.
There are so many good books released every week and we just can’t include all of them and their authors with a live #litchat. The new book review section will book reviews written by more of our contributing editors, who are serious readers who also happen to be writers.
The five-year celebration culminates January 27-31 when we host the second LitChat Literary Salon at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami. We have five special Twitter sessions scheduled with authors leading Twitter workshops on writing craft. You can see the full Twitter schedule here. Then live at the Betsy Hotel on Friday, January 31, we have a day of onsite salon panels with dozens of notable authors, as well as a gala reception with our first ever Reader’s Champion awards. See the full live salon schedule here. These sessions are free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors at The Betsy Hotel. If you live in South Florida, or plan to be there on January 31, we hope you’ll come by the Betsy for the Literary Salon. If you plan to attend, please submit an RSVP here.
We hope you’ll enjoy the new content and exciting happenings in LitChat. Stop by today at 4-5 p.m. E.T. for MediaMonday and join the conversation.