Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Book Expo America week is here! For those who are unable to attend BEA in New York City, there is Armchair BEA... so, assuming I keep up, every day this week I'll be posting according to Armchair BEA's agenda.
Today's topic is networking in real life. We were asked to share a real life experience with books, book events, partnerships, etc.
I've been pretty fortunate, I think, with the book events I've been able to attend. I've gotten to know fellow bloggers in the Orlando area (as well as met non-local bloggers as well!) Book events are so fun. They're a great way to get to know other bloggers and to celebrate a love for reading. I've also met some amazing authors. Here is a summary of the book events I've attended/documented over the past few years.
The first actual major book event I think I attended was BEA/BBC in 2010! My husband attended with me and we spent a lot of time with fellow blogger friend, Jennifer, who I had previously "known" through paperbackswap.com and being a games moderator over there.
Then there was the UCF Book Festival last year and this year where I was able to hang out with fellow Orlando bloggers. I won't recap who all those Orlando bloggers are or all the wonderful authors I met because it's all written in those posts, but go check out those posts if you haven't already! We, bloggers, were also able to attend the author reception(s) the night before the festival and ended the festival with a blogger dinner. So fun!
It seems like we rarely have author signings in Orlando, so I have driven over a couple hours south of here to go to the Vero Beach Book Center (usually picking my sister up on the way) to attend author signings there including Kristy Kiernan, Kristin Hannah, and Jen Lancaster. I haven't had any kind of "partnerships" with any indie book stores, but if there were one I'd want to promote or be a part of it would be this one. They're amazing!
I'm excited to attend more of these in the future. I had a mishap with trying to attend SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) in Daytona Beach a couple years ago when I was going to try to attend while on call for my then job... I was called in when I was about 10 minutes away! I may try to attend again this year (with my fellow Orlando bloggers) since it's in Naples and turn it into a mini-vaca!