Good morning! As promised, there will be Book Expo recaps and this is the first one.
Last Wednesday was the Blogger Convention Day of The Book Expo. This year they called it BEA Bloggers. The whole point of this day, which is actually a prequel to the expo, is a chance for book bloggers to educate themselves on topics that are relevant. Such topics this year were:
The panels were combinations of bloggers, publishers, media…. trying to get a good mix of opinion. The 101 sessions were designed for newer bloggers and the 201 more advanced. I spoke at the final session of the day, Engaging Your Readers.
First off the Keynote Speaker was author and Twitter gal, Maureen Johnson. If you are not familiar with Maureen’s work, she is a YA author who has written 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name Of The Star, and Scarlett Fever just to name a few.
Maureen as always was funny, sharing some moments about writing, and engaging readers.
I then went into the The Design 201 group with Hafsah Faizal from Icey Designs. Apparently (new to me) this is a site that helps you design amazing blogs… and they are beautiful – I checked them out. I did not pick up a lot from this session.
Next up I went to Technology 201: Ad Networks. This is a subject I have been curious about and my pal Florinda from The 3 R’s Blog was the moderator. If you know Florinda, she is this sweet gal and I believe… is 4′ 8″. Yup…. she is short. 🙂 Before her panel she said to me, “I wonder what I will look like behind the podium?” I suggested we go find out before the people started coming in for the session. We went to the front and she stood behind the podium.
We had a quick laugh together, and Florinda decided to moderate from the table:
Swapna from S. Krishna’s Books was also on this panel. This panel discussed a few options out there for advertising on your blog – not that it will make you rich and you will leave your day job, but if you are considering bringing in a little money from your site. Swapna has sold ads herself on her website and said it is a lot of work to keep up on. Jason from Litbreaker was also on the panel (3rd one in) and he explained how Litbreaker works. Litbreaker is the only ad I currently have here at Book Journey. This panel did a wonderful job of answering questions and sharing insights.
I skipped out on the Vlogging session and the Blogging and The Law session. These were at the same time and I do not see myself vlogging any time soon, and I have in on a law session before, although I did pop my head in to see if there was anything new they were discussing.
Then, our group was up. We had a fun panel. Mandy Boles was our moderator, Nicole from Linus’ Blanket, myself and Jason from Mediander (which I need to look more into). Our task was to share what other posts we wrote besides book reviews, different ways to format your posts to be more eye appealing, and how to use social media to enhance your posts.
Some of the highlights that came out of our panel was:
I am certain I am not recalling everything from this session this is just my recollection. Everyone had such great input and I think we did ok. 🙂
So that was the blogger convention. Next BEA post will be about Harper Collins… the books, the excitement… the party! Stay tuned…. 😉