Monday, April 24, 2017

REGISTRATION: Register for 2017 Armchair Book Expo!


2017 Armchair Book Expo
is now open for participant registration!!

Armchair Book Expo is an online conference that runs in conjunction with Book Expo in New York City. There are a large number of people around the world that are not able to join in the literary celebrations of Book Expo, so Armchair Book Expo brings the celebration to you by allowing networking among other book bloggers, authors, and publishers as well as special coverage of the event, all from the comfort of your very own armchair. For more information, be sure to check out our FAQ page!

Last year, we had hundreds of registered participants partaking in our daily discussion topics, twitter chats, Instagram challenge, and giveaways.  As in past years, the Armchair Book Expo team will be bringing you awesome guest posts, featured giveaways, and topics that we can all relate to as book lovers.

In the weeks to come, we will be announcing our official agenda, scheduling twitter chats, and sharing our Instagram challenge. In the meantime, mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 31-Sunday, June 4, 2017, grab our button to add to your site (please be sure to credit our artist Boquilla's Window of Big Bend Productions!), and complete the registration form below.  We have heard your feedback this year, and will be sending an email in the weeks before Armchair Book Expo kicks off with reminders and special links.

(Please be sure to only register once. If you're unsure if you've registered check our List of 2017 Participants first. There may be a time delay in seeing your name appear on this list because we manually check each entry.  Thanks!)




Questions:  Email us at armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com

Please feel free to spread the news 
and see you back here very soon!

Monday, April 17, 2017

CALLING ALL SPONSORS: 2017 Sponsorships Now Open!


Part of the excitement of attending Book Expo is meeting so many wonderful authors and publishers, as well as all the amazing books you come in contact with and get to bring home. Armchair Book Expo strives to bring as many of the aspects of Book Expo as possible into the homes of our fellow book bloggers in every way possible, including through our sponsors. Each year we've had outstanding support from Sponsors, from authors to publicists and many of the publishing houses attending the event in New York. (View the full list of all past sponsors here.)  This year we'd love to continue that tradition and this is where our Sponsors come in! 

 As part of this event, you will have two options . . . 

(1) **Sponsorship** hosted right here on the Armchair Book Expo site.  Keep reading for more information.
(2) A giveaway hosted on your own personal blog or site. For these personal giveaways, we will have a post available during the week of the event for you to link to your own site.  Personal giveaways are separate from sponsored giveaways, so please do not fill out this form if you fall into this latter category.

You may be asking...who qualifies to be an Armchair Book Expo Sponsor? 
~ A Sponsor could be an author, a publicist, a publisher, a bookstore, and potentially even other fellow book bloggers. 
~ Please Note: Due to the high number of Sponsors over the last few years, we are asking that book bloggers wishing to sponsor Armchair Book Expo be those that are unable to participate in the "Giveaway Day" during the event week. If you know that you will not be able to participate in the event (for whatever reason) then please feel free to fill out the form below to sign up to be a Sponsor!
 
What does being a Sponsor for Armchair Book Expo provide you with? 
 ~ Listing on the Armchair Book Expo Giveaways Page as a Sponsor, including links back to your website or other specified page.  
~ Advertising of whichever title(s) you wish to provide with your Sponsorship. 
Mention on social media sites such as Twitter (@ArmchairBEA) and our Facebook Page.
~ Viewing by hundreds of book bloggers as well as their followers. (We have had hundreds of participants during each of our past events!)
~ An option to have extra promotion via our on-site correspondents at Book Expo in New York.  (The option does depend on the availability and schedule of our correspondents.)
~ Possibility of promotion by the bloggers who receive winnings. (Though it is at each individual blogger's discretion what they choose to share on their personal sites/blogs, we will encourage them to make mention of their winnings in some form either via an In My Mailbox post, review, or a way they are comfortable with. Again, not required.) 

We believe that our Sponsors truly make Armchair Book Expo one of the best ways to participate in BEA from the comfort of their very own homes and appreciate each tremendously! If you wish to be a Sponsor for Armchair Book Expo 2017, please take a few moments to fill out the form below. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to have your item(s) hosted here, credit and link love will be given to you and we will handle the contest itself; however, you will still be responsible for shipping your item(s) to the winner(s). Shipping information will be provided to you by one of the members of the Armchair Book Expo Sponsorship Team once they have been selected. Sponsorship offers will be accepted until Sunday May 22, 2017 to allow for time to prep proper publicity for each. Thank you!

Sponsors, if you still have questions feel free to contact Stephanie or Tif at armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com. If you are unable to view the form below, you can also access it here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 2017 Armchair Book Expo is Coming!


We are excited to announce that Armchair Book Expo is returning!  

With a new year comes new changes, and we have a couple of them for our 2017 event.  First things first, we have a new name!  To align with the actual event in New York, we are now known as Armchair Book Expo.  With that change, we are also changing our hashtag to #ArmchairBookExpo.

With the change in the name, also comes a new design.  You can get a peek at the new button above, but you gotta stop by the site (in case you are reading this from a feed reader) to view the whole new look.  Be sure to click on over and check it out!

Next, let's make sure our calendars are marked and we are planning and preparing for the 2017 event.  Go ahead and grab your calendar.  I will give you a minute . . .

May 31-June 4

Got it?  Good!  Also make sure that you are following the blog and our social media sites, Twitter and Facebook.  We have a lot more information coming in the days and weeks ahead, and we cannot wait to have you all join us for another great year of Armchair Book Expo!

I will leave you with our 2017 Armchair Book Expo team.  Most of the team returned from last year, but we do have some new additions.  Full contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.

SPONSORSHIP TEAM
Stephanie (Cover2CoverBlog) 
Tif (Tif Talks Books)

PARTICIPANT COORDINATOR
Tiffany DeOs (The Crafty Home)

PRIZE TEAM
Allison Bruning (Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning)
Ariel Wilson (The Librarian's Bookshelf)
Gaele (I am, Indeed)

AGENDA COORDINATOR
Tif (Tif Talks Books)

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE
Monika (Lovely Bookshelf)

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATORS
Emily (Emily Reads Everything)
Heather Raynack (Based on a True Story)
Rachel Noel (Purple Owl Reviews)

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE
Melissa Robles (The Reader and the Chef)
Sushmita (Fervently Curious)

ON-SITE CORRESPONDENTS
Ashley Mullins (Books Buying Beauty)
Deb Nance (Readerbuzz)
Stacy (The Novel Life)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 5

Armchair BEA 2016 has now come to a close....

On a winner's list ?

All winners must be registered participants in order to claim their prize.

Please Note:  In order to help spread the love throughout the week, participants can only win a maximum of 2 prizes from the Armchair BEA sponsored giveaways.



The LAST daily winners!  Congratulations and thank you for playing!  
Please be sure to get your response in early!

DAILY TOPIC WINNERS
Rissi @ FinF2:F23ding Wonderland
Miranda @ A Real Writer's Life
 Gaele @ I am, Indeed
 Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
 Kelly @ Wandering Through Books
 Grace @ Books Without Any Pictures
Melanie @ Orange Juice Edits
 Monica @ Newbery and Beyond
 Meaghan @ mwgerard. com
 Chantal @ CK's Reading Corner
Akilah @ The Englishist
 Ashley @Inside My Minds


I've won - How do I claim my prize? 
Review the list of Sponsored Giveaways and Pick your top 3 choices

  1. Complete the Prize Claim Form
A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours,
confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address,
depending on your prize

All prizes must by claimed by Monday, May 16 at 12 Noon EST



Questions? Email armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.

Armchair BEA Comes to a Close!


It is time for Armchair BEA 2016 to come to a close.

However, as we are wrapping things up here, don't forget to keep checking back over the next couple of days to see our final LIVE FROM BEA coverage coming your way.

Let's take a quick look at Armchair BEA 2016 by the numbers . . .

Approximately 185 participants registered for the event this year.

Almost 325+ link-ups from participating bloggers and authors.

2 FEATURED giveaways.

Almost 250 daily giveaways thanks to our amazing 30+ sponsors.

7 topics that got us talking and 1 day of blogger designated giveaways.

4 hopping Twitter parties.

4 Instagram Challenges, bringing out creative and imaginative photos.

21 Armchair BEA team members working hard behind the scenes.

All of this combined to make one week full of INFINITE FUN!!

Thank you to EVERYONE involved in Armchair BEA 2016!  Each and every one of you helped to make this another great year!

At the end of every event, we also like to take the time to hear your thoughts and suggestions on future Armchair BEA events.  Please take a few minutes to complete our closing survey below.

Until next year, THANK YOU from the Armchair BEA 2016 Team!  
Keep on spreading the literary love!!



Armchair BEA 2017 is scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2.  Tentatively mark your calendars, and be sure to be following Armchair BEA in one of the following ways to stay up-to-date on the exact dates and any other important Armchair news coming your way.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

LIVE FROM BEA: Good-bye BEA!


Deb from Readerbuzz closes her time in Chicago for Book Expo America!

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Goodbye, BEA


Goodbye, Chicago. Goodbye, BEA.

All good things must come to an end. Sigh.

I am headed home to Houston, Texas early Saturday morning. I'm so tired I don't even know how many books I have. I had to mail home eighty-eight pounds of books but that doesn't count the suitcase of books I collected yesterday. Maybe you can do the math, 'cause I'm too tired.

But it's a good tired, a happy tired. The kind of tired you feel when you've been to the Disneyworld of Books. And that's BEA.

I'll be back, BEA. I'll be back next year.

LIVE FROM BEA: The Stacks of Books


Welcome Heather from Based on a True Story and another one of our on-site correspondents as she shares her final thoughts LIVE FROM BEA!!  

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I went into BEA with a solid plan. I had a list of 34 books that I was interested in from the list of books that were going to be available. And then this happened.

Wednesday


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I was at Blogger Con most of the day and only spent about 2 hours in the exhibit hall. Of these only Truevine and Emperor of the Eight Islands were on my radar. Truevine sounds amazing. It is nonfiction by the author of Factory Man about African-American twins kidnapped and forced to join the circus and their mother's quest to find them.

Thursday


At the Adult Author's Breakfast these were on the seat.


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I'm most interested in Underground Railroad. Imagine that it was a literal underground railroad and every state is a station. Each state represents a different world - white supremacy world, black separatist world, etc. Then Thursday got insane. No one tells you how hard it is to avoid having books handed to you.

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I'm not even posting all the pictures. I ended up with 42 books on Thursday.

Friday


If I thought they were hard core on Thursday, they were really serious on Friday. I had been there 15 minutes when this picture was taken.

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The Other Einstein is historical fiction about Albert Einstein's first wife who helped develop his theories and who got no credit. Sounds amazing. I got an additional 49 books on Friday without trying. Even when I would try to refuse a book, the response would be, "You'll like this one and this one better then! Here, take these." I have books for me and books for my husband and my mother. I have prizes for blog events I run and gifts for my secret sister. So out of all of those books, what is my favorite?

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Shambhala Publishing for the win with vegan ice cream recipes!