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Book Expos and Blogging Retreats…

It looks like the book bloggers got a little notice at the San Jose Book Group Expo – yesterday Garth Stein wrote a guest post on Book Club Girl and acknowledged Trish (Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin’?) and Jill (Fizzy Thoughts). And today Josh Henkin wrote a guest post on Book Club Girl and mentioned Trish, Jill and myself. He wrote (in part):

Book Bloggers: It was terrific to meet several of them—Trish from Hey Lady Whatcha Readin, Jill from Softdrink, and Wendy from Caribousmom. I only wish there had been more bloggers at Book Group Expo, and from looking at the comments on Trish, Jill, and Wendy’s blogs, I sense that a lot of book bloggers agree. So maybe we can start planning for next year. There’s a close connection between book bloggers and book groups. Almost every book blogger I know is a member of a book group, and book bloggers are great at spreading the word about and to book groups. Perhaps something can be arranged next year with Book Group Expo to make it easier for more bloggers to come. A giveaway/raffle of a bunch of free tickets to book bloggers? Discounted rates for the others? Press credentials? Any other ideas? Having more book bloggers at the conference would be great for book bloggers and great for Book Group Expo. It would help spread the word.

Wouldn’t it be great if the Expo expanded next year to offer something specifically for bloggers?

In the meantime, Trish at Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin’? is thinking ahead. She has posted a survey to see if there would be interest in a Book Blogger Retreat. I think this would be an amazing idea. Why don’t you drop over to her blog and answer the survey questions?

Finally, in case you haven’t read Trish’s post…she also was featured photographically at the Expo website (that is her in the first column, 3rd photo down). Trish had some great questions at the panel discussions, so it was nice to see her in the photos of the event!


  1. October 31, 2008    


    Thanks for mentioning the book blogger retreat, Wendy! Even if it’s just you, me, and Jill, we’ll have fun. 😀

  2. October 31, 2008    

    *smiles* Yes, we would! But, I have a feeling you will get some interest for this…book bloggers are nothing if not social 🙂

  3. October 31, 2008    

    A retreat sounds wonderful, but I’m not sure it will be in the budget. I’ll have to start saving soon.

  4. October 31, 2008    

    What a great idea! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts about Book Group Expo.

  5. November 1, 2008    

    I hope you’ll be able to come, Kathy…I’d love to meet you in person!

    Avisannschild: Thank you! They were fun to write!

  6. November 1, 2008    

    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts about the Book Expo. Sounds like you had fun!

  7. November 2, 2008    

    I’d love to do a book blogger retreat. Sounds awesome. I voted for Portland as it is close to Vancouver, BC. I could drive. Hopefully another blogger would be into being my roomate in a hotel to cut down on expenses.

  8. November 3, 2008    

    Natasha: Glad you enjoyed the posts…it WAS fun!

    Teddy: I voted for Portland 🙂 I’d love to be your roomie if/when this event occurs! It would be soooooo fun to meet you in person!

  9. November 3, 2008    

    I agree. I think a meeting of the minds of bloggers…would be great.

  10. November 6, 2008    

    Serena: I hope you’ll make it if the event takes off!

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