At the rate I’m going, we’ll be headed to next year’s Book Blogger Convention before I finish writing up my posts about this year. Sorry to be so behind the eight-ball with these. (I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath.) If you missed my previous write-ups, Part 1 (Early Morning) is here and Part 2 (How Maureen Johnson Got 250 New Best Friends) is here.
After Maureen Johnson’s keynote speech, we heard from Ron Hogan, who writes the blog Beatrice. Unfortunately, I only have one crappy photo from his presentation and very few notes. (My notes consist of “ur work is to create art + cat chang.” Um … yeah. Your guess is as good as mine on that.) In his presentation, Ron referenced Seth Godin (love Seth) in his remarks about Professionalism and Ethics.
Then it was time for lunch, where I sat with Laura from I’m Booking It, Jennifer from Crazy-for-Books, Jenny from Take Me Away, Michelle from red headed book child, and authors Sandra Brannan and Kathy McCullough. (No pictures from lunch. I don’t know what I was thinking.) Wonderful people and great conversation about – you guessed it, books and blogs. And in the middle of that, Jenny and I even discovered that we have a professional “job-that-pays-the-bills” connection!
Our afternoon was spent hearing from several bloggers on a variety of panels. I really enjoyed this part of the Convention. Again, I have very few notes. (Good thing I’m not being tested.) Honestly, I think I was a bit in awe of just being there. In New York. With all these awesome people that I spend my time reading into the wee small hours of the morning. Truly.
Finally, our last panel of the day, the Impact of the Author/Blogger Relationship. Pictured left to right: Author Caridad Pineiro; Bethanne from The Book Studio; Kristi from The Story Siren; moderator Nicole from Linus’s Blanket; Amy from My Friend Amy; and author Beth Kephart. What I especially appreciated about this panel was the preference that it is much better to be approached for a potential review by a publicist, rather than the author. That way, it becomes less awkward for everyone if you don’t like the book as much as you thought.
Also, Amy (I think it was Amy) spoke to the issue of agreeing to an author interview before reading the book. Doing so could create an awkward situation because if you don’t like the book, the interview becomes … well, awkward.
By this point, everyone seemed exhausted but still in the mood to talk and chat a bit. I was lucky that my train back home didn’t leave until 7, which meant that I missed dinner afterward but that I did have a chance to catch up with some people (and take photos!) at the conclusion of the Convention.
I’ll share those with you in my next (and final?) Book Blogger Convention Recap.
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