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.
Get links to other networking posts by visiting the Armchair BEA blog here.
TODAY’S GIVEAWAY: TWO BOOK PACKAGE
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (ARE format)
The GQ Candidate by Keli Goff (New Trade Paperback)
- Giveaway is open through June 9th at 5:00 pm PST
- Giveaway open to ANYONE with a US or CANADA mailing address.
- To enter Click here to take survey.
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)