In retrospect, Podcamp Pittsburgh 7 (held in October 2012) was a pivotal moment for me.
It was my introduction to Pittsburgh’s social media scene – and make no mistake, this town absolutely does have a social media scene.
As a way to meet some of the folks behind the keyboards, I volunteered to help out at Podcamp and got assigned to a session moderated by Sue Kerr of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ Blog Since 2005. Sue has since become a good friend. Also on the panel was Tony Norman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who has since given me a slot on his team of freelance book reviewers in the PG’s Books section.
When the call for Podcamp Pittsburgh speakers went out this year, I submitted a proposal for a session I created titled Books, Blogs, and the ‘Burgh – and voila! That’s what we’ll be talking about this Saturday, October 5 at Point Park University.
Here’s the description:
With Pittsburgh being the 4th most literate city in the U.S., we’re pretty passionate about the written word. Perhaps you’d like to start reviewing books on your blog but need help starting out. Perhaps you have written a book and you want to make connections with Pittsburgh’s bloggers or simply talk about your writing in a way that doesn’t sound pushy or sales-like.
We’ll talk about the qualities of an engaging book blog; how to connect with authors; best strategies for getting bloggers to review your book; and how to let your creativity shine when reviewing books you love and hate.
Joining me will be two of Pittsburgh’s authors to talk about their experiences: J.J. Hensley, author of the critically-acclaimed novel RESOLVE, a murder-mystery set in the midst of the Pittsburgh Marathon, and Laurie Koozer, author of WHAT HAPPENS ON SUNDAY, a novel about six women and their connections with the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers’ seemingly impossible Super Bowl quest – and each other.
Sound like a good time? Join us! Podcamp Pittsburgh is FREE and offers something for everyone, regardless of your level of expertise. More details are here. Let’s get together to talk books, blogs, and the ‘Burgh!