Armchair BEA: Networking … In Real Life?!

June 6, 2012 Armchair BEA 2012, Networking 29

                                                                                                             Design credit: Nina at Nina Reads

Today’s topic is all about networking and how we make connections outside of the blog into the literary world.

As someone who has only been blogging just over 2 months, I really don’t have a whole lot to add on this topic. Yet. I am extremely shy in nature and don’t usually put myself out there is social settings all that much, unless I am extremely comfortable with the place and people. This is probably why I enjoy meeting people online though book communities and social sites like Twitter. I am really hoping to start branching out more into the book community though!

Since I started my blog, I have been looking up information on local events or anything that pertains to young adult books in my area that I can become a part of. Unfortunately, there is not much. Total bummer. BUT… I did discover something spectacular, The Rochester Teen Book Festival! YA authors, HERE! I think I did a jig when I discovered this event! There was about 30 authors who attended this year. They had author sessions where we got to hear them talk about their books, as well as book signings. I was able to hear amazing authors like Cat Patrick and Laurie Halse Anderson talk about their inspirations and writing process, which was a lot of fun. I was also able to have them sign books as well as a few other authors. I talk about this event in more detail HERE and HERE, if you are interested in hearing more about my time at this event! The best news was this is an annual event that seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year! The next one is not until May but I already saw a few authors listed to attend next year and about passed out when I saw Lauren DeStefano‘s name! I had just started blogging when I went, so I didn’t know any other bloggers who might have been there, but hopefully for next year I will! Only 11 months to go! 🙂

I have also recently emailed an indie bookstore I used to visit regularly as a kid to see if they have, or are interested in having, a book club for Young Adult books. I don’t believe they have one yet so I am really hoping this might be something they are interested in starting up, if not this summer, hopefully in the future. They are well known for children’s books as well as textbooks, since it is a college town, so I think this would be great!

As far as any advice, I really don’t have any to give but I am definitely looking for some! I am excited to hear what everyone else does, as far as networking out in the real world. Please leave a link if you got one to your post!

**While I was at The Rochester Teen Book Festival this year, I was able to pick up an extra copy of SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson and have her SIGN it to give away on the blog. The link to that is HERE if anyone is interested in entering. It ends at midnight, so hurry!**

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

29 Responses to “Armchair BEA: Networking … In Real Life?!”

  1. Shahnila Shafiq

    Hi sara, I am mum of a 8 year old girl too and new to blogging, like you I love reading YA and it would have been nice if you lived in my city then we could have opened up our own book club as there is none in my area too, but I kinda know what you mean **new follower**
    PS: check out my blog sometime, I post my daughters art on it 😀

  2. Shooting Stars Mag

    I think a YA book club would be awesome. I hope the bookstore gets back to you and agrees to do it! I’m pretty shy too. I’m getting better, but in-person events are always a bit harder. That’s awesome about the festival you went too. I wish I had something like that around here, but we do occasionaly get some good authors. 🙂


  3. Amanda @ Letters Inside Out

    I would love to hear Cat Patrick and Laurie Halse Anderson speak! I bet it would be amazing.

    Props on emailing the bookstore about the book club! I tried to start one here, but there wasn’t enough interest. Instead I ended up starting one online using Skype.

  4. nea barabea

    Aww! So COOL! This event sounds awesome 🙂 🙂 And OMG Lauren DeStefano!! Freaking awesome! 🙂 🙂 Good luck with the book club project! I wish you all the best! Enjoy aBEA! 🙂 😉

  5. bibliosue

    It sounds like you have already made steps toward local networking and I hope they work out for you! Sometimes all it takes it to just ask the question.

  6. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I hope you’ll be able to get a YA book club started! I really want to do that, so it would be cool to do it through a store… I might have to go that route, since I don’t think I know enough people personally to start one myself, haha.

    Too bad we hadn’t “met” before the TBF! We’ll definitely have to meet up for dinner or something if I go down next year, or if you ever come up Canada way. =b

  7. Peggy Marsiglio

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I would definitely make a trip up to Rochester to go to that YA festival!!! 😀 Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Violette Severin

    When you are just starting out in the blogging world, I recommend reviewing other blogs for the opportunities that are shown on their sidebars. I found a wealth of info there when I began blogging.

  9. Jenn Cooksey

    Hi Sara! I can sympathize with you on the networking thing, but, I’m sort of on the other end. I’m an author. My debut novel, Shark Bait, is publishing this month and I’ve spent my entire online life in anonymity, so, I’m a little behind the 8-ball with making a public name for myself.
    So with that said; in the interest of helping us both branch out a bit more, I’d like to extend a unique opportunity to you and your community of friends and readers…
    As I said, my book is coming out this month but when I first wrote it 2 1/2 years ago, I neglected to give the chapters titles like I did with the subsequent novels in the series and going back to assign titles now is proving to be quite the task.
    What I’ve decided to do is poll Facebook friends and fans on the titles I’m undecided on.
    There are 18 polls up right now and I’ll most likely halt the voting late Sunday evening or Monday morning. If you or anyone else is interested, please feel free to stop by my Facebook Fan Page: Jenn Cooksey Novels, like the page and then vote away!! And if you feel so inclined, you can also share the status on your own FB page or swing by my blog, JennCooksey.blogspot, for any additional info.
    I wish you much success in your endeavors and blogging career!

    PS. I apologize if this came off as spam, that truly wasn’t my intention–Spam belongs in a can and should never be shoved down anyone’s throat. 😉

  10. loreleimarsh

    You say you’re shy, but it sounds like you’re breaking out that cocoon & branching out. Keep it up & I hope you get to start that book club. You could also troll Twitter & blogs (author blogs too) to find other bloggers going to the Rochester festival & try to get a meetup together. Good luck! Tattooed Books

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