Armchair BEA – Networking in Real Life

Welcome to Day Three of The Armchair BEA.

For Day 3, we want you to share your positive experiences of using your blog to get involved in your community.  This can involve partnerships with the local literary scene, attending author events and signings, or getting together with bloggers in your area.  We want to hear it all!

I have had the opportunity to get out in my community and network with authors, publishers, and other bloggers. My first foray into the “outside” world was in October 2008 at the San Jose Book Group Expo (posts are here and here) where I connected with Trish, Jill and author Michelle Gagnon.

In May of 2009, I spent an amazing week with women I had met through Library Thing. Our get together included a trip to see Edith Wharton’s home in The Berkshires, Massachusetts.

And later that summer, I traveled to Portland, Oregon to meet up with other bloggers for the Portland Book Blogger Retreat (August 2009). Book bloggers from Northern California, Washington, Oregon and Canada converged on the city of Portland where we toured the renowned Powell’s bookstore, visited the rare book room at the Multnomah County Library and spent about an hour with author Molly Gloss. All in all, it was a memorable and fun trip.

I was lucky enough to be able to make it to BEA in the spring of 2010 and sat on a panel at the first ever Book Bloggers Convention. It was thrilling to meet other bloggers and authors, and to visit some publishing houses where I made connections with publicists which are still strong today. And I learned A LOT!!

More recently, I participated in a community outreach to promote reading and literacy through World Book Night – an event which began in England and arrived here in the United States for the first time this year. Although nervous at first, this community event allowed me to reach out face to face with others and encourage reading on a local level.

My future plans for outreach include attending Booktopia in Santa Cruz this autumn to meet up with other bloggers and authors and to support the local bookstore there.

Blogging has afforded me the opportunity to connect with others, not only on line, but in person. I feel incredibly lucky to have made friendships through my blog which I hope will endure a lifetime!

Get links to other networking posts by visiting the Armchair BEA blog here.


I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (ARE format)
The GQ Candidate by Keli Goff (New Trade Paperback)

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Don’t forget to visit my other giveaways this week (all are open through June 9th at 5:00 pm PST):

  • The Sunday Salon post for giveaway of The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans (US/Canada; book bloggers only)
  •  Introductions First post for giveaway of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (worldwide; don’t need to be a book blogger to enter)
  • Armchair BEA Giveaway post for giveaway of The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos (worldwide; book bloggers only)
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    • freda on June 6, 2012 at 10:13

    You have done a lot of activities in the book world! Kudos to you, I wish we had more of that stuff here. I’m going to hunt like a madwoman for any during the rest of the year.

    • Maria on June 6, 2012 at 11:57

    What wonderful experiences you’ve had, both offline and on. Isn’t it awesome to have this community out there to read, connect and enjoy together?

  1. Yay for Booktopia! It’ll be fun to see you and Trish again!!

    • Nise' on June 6, 2012 at 17:13

    Awesome events. I love to read about other bloggers experiences and love it when they post pictures to put faces with blog names.

  2. Has it really been three years since we met up at Powell’s?? Sheesh time flies.

    We need to figure out a way to coordinate a meet up in Ashland someday. We go down there a couple of times every spring/summer to see plays at the Shakespeare Festival.

    • Trish on June 8, 2012 at 17:03

    Seeing those pictures brings back so many memories! I think the Book Group Expo was the first blogger meet up I remember seeing and I was SO jealous. Have still only met a handful of bloggers. Anyone want to come to Dallas? 😉

    • trish on June 16, 2012 at 11:03

    I love that a lot of the events you’ve attended are the same ones I’ve attended! I can’t wait to catch up with you at Booktopia in Santa Cruz!

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