I have quite a few hobbies and passions in addition to Blogging. Halloween, writing, kayaking, photography, pottery. I‘ve met many people through these endeavors, but I have to say that Book Bloggers are the friendliest people on the planet!
Let’s start with the Book Blogger reception on Thursday evening. As soon as I got there, I met Marsha Toy Engstrom from Book Club Cheerleader and when we got inside she introduced me to several publishers and authors including Carolyn Turgeon who graciously gave me her book Godmother (I’m on chapter 3 and loving it so far!) The room was packed and every time I turned around bloggers, publicists, publishers and authors were introducing themselves. What a great way to kick off the conference!
I was so excited to get to the convention the next day that I woke up early and couldn’t get back to sleep. I decided to drive into the city instead of taking the train and I apparently missed the morning traffic because I made it in record time.
The Book Blogger Convention was the brainchild of Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading’? who welcomed us and then introduced the Keynote Speaker, author Maureen Johnson. Maureen had the entire room in stitches as she regaled us with her hysterical and insightful reminiscing of attending an all girls Catholic High School and her adventures as a writer. Ron Hogan from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and who also launched Beatrice.com, then gave an interesting talk on Professionalism and Ethics in Blogging. The rest of the day was filled with panels: Writing and Building Content, Marketing, Blogging with Social Responsibility and the Impact of the Relationship Between Author and Blogger. All of the panels, along with the Q&A’s after them, were extremely informative and helpful, especially for a beginner book Blogger like myself.
What I liked most though, was when I sat down at breakfast and lunch with other Bloggers. We quickly exchanged Blog names, business cards and had great exchanges. I tried to soak in everything I could and the biggest challenge was trying to remember everyone’s names because I met sooo many people. I also enjoyed reading everyone’s clever Blog names displayed on their nametags. Check some of them out here
I want to give a round of applause to everyone who made the Book Blogger Convention possible. It was not only educational, but tons of fun!