Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm Going to BEA and the Book Blogger Convention!

So I am going to the Book Blogger Convention on May 27th.  I'm really looking forward to it.  I am hoping to pick up some helpful tips, maybe learn a few things, meet some interesting folks...  I've pretty much decided my agenda:

  • get there by 7:30.  (lucky me, at that hour it should only take about 20 minutes. )
  • Keynote speech by SBTB Sara  (holy god.  An hour? Really? At that time of the morning?  It could be the greatest speech in the world but I don't think I'll be lucid enough to fully appreciate it.  I am not a morning person.  In fact, I refuse to speak to anyone before 10am - no matter what time I get up - unless I am absolutely forced to.)
  • I'm attending The Practical Challenges of Blogging in the morning.  It's supposed to teach me how to be a better blog manager, something, I think we can all agree, I need.
  • After lunch, I'll be at the Navigating the Grey Areas of Book Blogging session.  Professionalism, ethics, netiquette will all be discussed.  I figure these are things I should learn about now as opposed to waiting until I run into a problem.
  • Then, I get stuck between Blogging for a Niche Market and Technology for Blogging.  I think I'll get something out of the first, my blog is genre specific but I am really tempted by the second.  I'd really like to learn more about the technical aspects because I can't even figure out how to add a gadget.  I'm not really sure what a gadget is, to be honest.  But I have a feeling that TfB may be beyond my ken.  I mean, if I can't figure out the old stuff, how am I going to understand the latest and greatest?  So, undecided but leaning towards Blogging for a Niche market.

The Book Blogger Convention is affiliated with Book Expo America, the largest book trade fair in the country and includes a pass to the BEA exhibition hall.  I am very excited about this.  The way my three year old niece was excited about going to Disney World (aka Dry Pants Castle because her parents told her she couldn't go until she was toilet trained.), My husband says it is because I hope I'll get free books but that's not really it.  Really.  It is because I am hoping to discover some new authors.  Every time I have gone to the New York Comic Con, I have come home with a small pile of free books  and you know what?  I have discovered some terrific books - many of which I wouldn't have found otherwise.  Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch, The Native Star by M.K. Hobson, The Spiral Hunt by Margaret Arnold, and  The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes are all books I received for free at the con.  And then I continued reading these authors' next books.  So it's not Yay! I got a free book!, it is Yay! I've discovered a new autoread author!  Now when's their next book coming out!

Anyway, here's a couple of links of interest for those who will also be attending:
The Bean - official source for BEA announcements and news.  Make sure you download the BEA Mobile App. Features include a map, listings, basic show info and more.
BEA 2011: Do's and Don'ts
Going to BEA Check Out Tor/Forge Books Events
Speculating Fiction
New York Book Week
Dark Faerie Tales has been running a series on Look Who's Going to BEA.
Miss Remmer's Review has some helpful vlog posts on what to bring, what to expect, etc.
BEA Facebook Page

And if you aren't able to make BEA, don't despair.  Head over to the Armchair BEA for a virtual convention.

Around The Booths
The Big Books of BEA: Adult Titles
The Big Children's Books of BEA
Books @ BEA

Later in the week I'll post some NYC links of interests and some restaurant suggestions for those who are coming in from out of town.

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