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Armchair BEA – 2012 – The Future of Book Blogging

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

Armchair BEA Blogs this week:

Introduction

Giveaway

Networking About Books

Beyond the Blog

Today we are discussing the Future of Book Blogging, and the Armchair BEA is giving us a link-up to either give suggestions for keeping book blogging exciting, or to ask the experts questions about book blogging.

There will also some interesting statistics as well as a guest post from Pam at Bookalicious about the future of blogging!

Here’s my  “Ask the Experts” question for my fellow bloggers:
What if you get an ARC that you absolutely cannot get into or is totally out of your normal genre?
I have so enjoyed getting to “meet” so many of you this week, and look forward to continuing to link up and talk about books!

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Armchair BEA – 2012 – Beyond the Blog

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

Today Armchair BEA will be sharing tips that will help you move your blog forward or perhaps your own personal goals of writing and making an income from what you love to do.  This will include a guest post on freelance writing and how to find it from Florind at The 3 R’s Blog.

Also, bloggers can share a fun aspect about your blog or life that may be completely separate from books!

I intend to read the guest post, as I think getting paid to read and write about it has got to be the second best job in the world!  (The first is getting to be a mom!)

Something about my life that is separate from books, which I incorporate into my blog using the meme “Saturday Snapshot”, is photography.  I love capturing the moment, taking candid shots at events or school outings, and photographing nature.  I figure if you have a digital camera that holds 700 pictures, you ought to take 700 pictures – you can always delete the ones that aren’t great, but surely out of 700 you’ll have a couple of really great ones!  I love being behind the camera, but I hate being in pictures!

While I’ve never sold my photography, I have enlarged and framed it and given it as a gift or donated prints for auctions.  I’m not sure how to go about making money with my hobby, so for now I’m just enjoying the heck out of it, and training my lil’ heart to take great pictures.  When we go on road trips we each take a camera, take pictures all day, then download them all to my external drive and start over again the next day.

Here are a few examples:

Hope you are all having a good week, and enjoying Armchair BEA!

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Armchair BEA – 2012 – Networking about Books

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

Have you ever wondered how bloggers get so involved outside the nuts & bolts community of book blogging? Well, now’s your chance to learn from the experts! From partnering with their local indie bookstores to coordinating events at their local libraries, we’ve got tips to share with you to help you become more involved with your local bookish community.  Guest post from top bloggers (Emily from Emily’s Reading Room, Tif from Tif Talks Books and Pam from Bookalicious) about how they were able to work together with their local bookish community to benefit everyone involved.
I don’t feel like I have a lot of experience to talk about with regard to meeting other book bloggers, (which I hope to change in the future) but I have a favorite author signing to share.  I always try to read the books that my daughter is assigned in school so we can talk about them.  She was assigned the book Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone, and the author came to her school to answer questions about her book.  That was exciting, but it was even more exciting to be able to meet Ms. Malone one-on-one at our local bookstore and have her sign the book, answer individual questions my daughter and her bestie had, and pose for a picture with them.  Such a great experience for my budding book lover!
Here’s a picture of my lil’ heart with the author.

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Armchair BEA 2012 – Giveaway

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

It’s a dream of mine to get to attend BEA in person, but since I can’t do that this year, the Armchair BEA is a great opportunity to stay connected and feel like a part of Book Expo America.

Day 2 of the Armchair BEA is Giveaway!

For this giveaway, I will be awarding the book, A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King.  This is an ARC I received from Simon and Schuster – in fact, they were so generous I received two copies.  :)

If you are interested in this book and would like to enter this giveaway, please enter your information in the form below.  I can only mail to US addresses.  I will use Random.org to choose the winner, and you will be notified with the email address you provided.  One entry per person.

This giveaway opens immediately, and closes Friday AM, June 8th.

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Armchair BEA 2012 – Introduction

Armchair BEA is for book bloggers who can’t attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 – 8, 2012).  So we don’t have to miss all the fun – this virtual convention is the place to be!

It’s a dream of mine to get to attend BEA in person, but since I can’t do that this year, the Armchair BEA is a great opportunity to stay connected and feel like a part of Book Expo America.

An incredible new feature that Book Expo America is providing for those of us not able to be at the event is LIVE streaming video of a few of the biggest happenings at BEA!  Feel free to click here to get the code for your own site. (For some reason I can’t get this to work, but I hope you can!)
BEA Live Streaming begins Tuesday, June 5 at 8:30 am ET with BEA’s Book and Author Breakfast and continues on two live channels through the end of BEA on Thursday, June 7.
Because the meet-and-greet is the quintessential part of any get-together, and to encouraging ongoing networking throughout the week, Introductions First is going to be the opening event of Armchair BEA 2012.  There are 10 suggested questions, and we are asked to choose at least 5 and answer them to share a little bit more about ourselves.
Here are my questions and answers for the Introductions Self Interview:
  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?  I am a proud mom and wife, a book lover, I love the look and feel and smell of books, I love reading, and I love talking about books, which explains the main reason I got into blogging!  I wanted to find other book lovers, and encourage other people to become readers.  I have a personal blog that is just a little blog about my life, and what is going on at the moment.  I don’t write on it every week, just when something happens that really strikes me.  I started this bookish blog in October, 2011.  I didn’t do a lot with it the first three months because I didn’t really know what to do to drive readers to my blog, and I had a bit of “Why would anyone want to read what I have to say?”.  I started exploring other bookish blogs, found some ideas, joined some memes, and have worked to be consistent in my posts.
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?  I am one of those multiple book readers.  Unless I get dragged into a book, mind and soul, I typically have three to four books going on at one time.  Right now I’m reading Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich, The Remaining by D. J. Molles, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.  I read several different types of books, and every once in a while I’ll get into a theme where I read one kind of book or one series of books until I run out of steam.  One of my favorite books/series this year is what I call “brain candy” – books that don’t make you think really hard, just fun, easy book.  The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent was that for me.  Another book I really really enjoyed was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  A friend recommended it, and once I started, I could barely put it down.
  3. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?  I know a lot of people are reading the Shades of Grey trilogy and are enamored with Christian Grey – while I’ve read the first two books, and after the second book I did like Mr. Grey, he’s not who I would want to hang out with.  This changes from time to time, but currently, I think the character that I would most like to have dinner with would be Stephanie Plum, the main character in Janet Evanovich’s longest running series.  She totally cracks me up, and she loves pizza and sweets as much as I do – although she seems to handle it better metabolically!  :)
  4. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?  My first choice would have to be Narnia – I read the entire series multiple times growing up, and again as an adult, and with the recent movie adaptations capturing what I had imagined Narnia to be, I would love to go there.  The talking animals are an added benefit.  My second choice would be the Shire from the Lord of the Rings series.  Although I am a bit tall for their homes, I do have a Hobbit Name – Firiel Whitfoot (find your hobbit name here). The Shire is such a beautiful, green, peaceful place.
  5. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?  My favorite part of the book blogging community is getting to “meet” other bloggers who also love books.  Finding out other tips and tricks from more established bloggers, and developing friendships is a wonderful thing.

It’s not too late to register to participate in this year’s Armchair BEA – go here to register.

To meet other bloggers participating in Armchair BEA, visit the BEA Armchair Introductions blog post.

Happy BEA week!!!


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