Welcome to the nerve center of Armchair BEA! If you're a book blogger who can't attend Book Expo America and/or the BEA Blogger Convention in New York this May, you don't have to miss all the fun - this virtual convention is the place to be! Watch this space for all the news about daily blogging themes, discussions, giveaways and more! Armchair BEA is scheduled for May 26-31, 2014.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Join the Armchair BEA Interactive Community!

We have an exciting announcement for you about Armchair BEA 2014!  Before I share it with you though, let me just say a few words on where the idea originated . . .

Every year that we have held Armchair BEA, we have asked participants to complete a closing survey to share their thoughts, experiences, and opinions.  We read every single response and take notes for future years.  One of the changes that we are making this year is to add a more interactive community that is more conducive to discussing our topics during the week of Armchair BEA, but also beyond the specified dates of the event.  



As the title suggests, we have added a Google + Community to aid in this interactive piece for 2014!  We envision this place to be where you can chat about certain topics, ask questions of your fellow bloggers, and to further the conversation.  You can even expect official threads for each of our topics this year, including a special introduction thread coming soon.  We do NOT see it as a place to post self promotional links or to spam our fellow members.  If this happens, the posts will be removed as well as the guilty members.  We want this to be a positive place for you to come and chat about books and blogging from your comfy armchair.

Be sure to click here and request to join.  You can also find a direct link located on our right sidebar for easy reference.

We hope that you will join us in enhancing the Armchair BEA Community!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014 Registration is Open!

The Fifth Annual Armchair BEA is now open for participant registration!!

Armchair BEA is an online conference that runs in conjunction with Book Expo America in New York City. There are a large number of people around the world that are not able to join in the literary celebrations in the Big Apple, so Armchair BEA 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 almost 600 registered participants partaking in our daily discussion topics, twitter chats, new instagram challenge, and giveaways. This year, we hope to be even bigger and better. We have greatly increased our team this year to accommodate our larger numbers and to bring in new, innovative ideas. In the weeks to come, we will be announcing our official agenda, scheduling twitter chats, and soliciting your help to cheer on our participants. In the meantime, mark your calendars for Monday, May 26-31, 2014, grab our new button to add to your site (please be sure to credit our artist Amber!), and complete the registration form below.  We have heard your feedback this year, and will be sending an email in the weeks before Armchair BEA 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 2014 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!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Expanding Our International Committee

Book Expo America is an event primarily for those stationed in the US.  The perk of Armchair BEA is that you can experience the event from your own home no matter where you are in the world.  Last year, we implemented an International Committee to aid in ensuring that we are bringing an international component to this global event.  This year, we are looking to expand it even more than where it currently stands.

What might you be doing as a member of the International Committee?
  • Assist in soliciting international sponsors to serve more of our international participants.
  • Lead a Twitter party at a time that is more convenient for our international participants.
  • Write an internationally-focused guest post during the week of Armchair BEA.
These are just a few ideas.  We encourage the committee to brainstorm and determine the best ways to improve and serve participants, particularly outside of the US.

What qualifications do you need to serve on the International Committee?
  • Live outside of the US.  (It is the INTERNATIONAL Committee afterall!)
  • Maintain your own book blog or contribute to one.

How do you apply?

Simply fill out the form below.  Submissions will be collected through Sunday, April 20.  Applicants will be notified during the week of April 21-25.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Calling All 2014 Sponsors!

Part of the excitement of attending BEA 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 BEA strives to bring as many of the aspects of Book Expo America 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 BEA 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 BEA 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 BEA 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) than please feel free to fill out the form below to sign up to be a Sponsor!

What does being a Sponsor for Armchair BEA provide you with? 
  • Listing on the Armchair BEA 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), Pinterest and our Facebook Page.
  • Photo ops live from BEA from our on-site corespondents. *Limited spots available. See the sign-up form.*
  • Viewing by hundreds of book bloggers as well as their followers. (Last year we had over 500 participants!)
  • 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 BEA 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 BEA 2013, 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 BEA Sponsorship Team once they have been selected. Sponsorship offers will be accepted until Sunday May 18, 2014 to allow for time to prep proper publicity for each. Thank you!

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Introducing the 2014 Armchair BEA Team & NEW Design!

Last month, we put out a call for help in changing up and expanding our Armchair BEA team.  We received a wonderful response and we are now very excited to announce and introduce the *NEW* 2014 Armchair BEA team!

Before I make the new team announcement, however, I want to make sure you are all reading directly from the website.  I ask this because we also have a *NEW* design courtesy of Amber from Shelf Notes.  Go on, click on over, and check out this new beauty!!

Everyone is already hard at work.  Over the next few weeks, you can expect posts to increase here with more information on our 2014 event, including sponsorship information, registration, a call for commenting volunteers/cheerleaders, and much, much more.  You do not want to miss out!

Armchair BEA can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We can also always be reached via email at armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.

We close with our NEW team.  Please give them all a warm welcome!


MENTORS (from the Original Armchair BEA Team)

Danielle (The1stDaughter/There's A Book)
the1stdaughter AT gmail DOT com
Twitter: @the1stdaughter

Florinda (The 3's Blog: Reading, 'Riting, & Randomness) 
florinda AT 3rsblog DOT com 
Twitter: @Florinda_3rs 

Tif (Tif Talks Books)
tiftalksbooks AT gmail DOT com 
Twitter: @tiftalksbooks


SPONSORSHIP TEAM

(Chair) Tif (Tif Talks Books)
tiftalksbooks AT gmail DOT com 
Twitter: @tiftalksbooks

Stephanie (Cover2CoverBlog) 
cover2coverblog AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @gorelenore

Tanya Patrice (Girlxoxo)
gyrl1214 AT aol DOT com  
Twitter:  @tanyapatricexo



PARTICIPANT COORDINATORS

Julie Goucher (Angler's Rest)
juliegoucher AT gmail DOT com 
Twitter:  @juliegoucher

Suey (It's All About Books)
jenstusue AT yahoo DOT com 
Twitter:  @sueysays


PRIZE TEAM

April (The Steadfast Reader)
thesteadfastreader AT gmail DOT com 
Twitter: @steadfastreader

Judith Henstra (Leeswammes' Blog)
leeswammes AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @leeswammes 

Rebecca Scaglione (Love at First Book)
rebecca AT loveatfirstbook DOT com
Twitter:  @rebeccascags 


AGENDA COORDINATORS

Tanya Patrice (Girlxoxo)
gyrl1214 AT aol DOT com  
Twitter:  @tanyapatricexo

Tif (Tif Talks Books)
tiftalksbooks AT gmail DOT com 
Twitter: @tiftalksbooks


INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

(Chair) Jasmine (The Bookish Mama)
thebookishmama AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @jasmine_marie 

Amanda Furman Maestra (Amanda's World)
amandakfurman AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @maestra_amanda 


SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATORS

(Chair) Jasmine (The Bookish Mama)
thebookishmama AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @jasmine_marie

Jennifer Smeth (Book-alicious Mama)
bookaliciousmama AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @bookaliciousmom 

Sophia (Loving Lit)
Sophia AT lovinglit DOT com
Twitter:  @sophiareads 


COMMENTING COMMITTEE

(Chair) Becca (Lost in Books)
becca7931 AT yahoo DOT com
Twitter:  @imlostinbooks 

Chrissy (Punk's House of Books)
punkfarie AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @punkfarie 

Tanya (Mom's Small Victories)
tanya AT momssmallvictories DOT com
Twitter:  @momsvictories


INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE**

Julie Goucher (Angler's Rest)
juliegoucher AT gmail DOT com 
Twitter:  @juliegoucher


ON-SITE CORRESPONDENTS

(Coordinator) Florinda (The 3's Blog: Reading, 'Riting, & Randomness) 
florinda AT 3rsblog DOT com 
Twitter: @Florinda_3rs 

Amber Ostheimer (Shelf Notes)
shelfnotesblog AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @shelfnotesblog

Sheila DeChantal (Book Journey)
journeythroughbooks AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @bookjourney 

Sophia (Loving Lit)
Sophia AT lovinglit DOT com
Twitter:  @sophiareads 


**We are still looking to expand our International Committee.  Be watching for your opportunity to join our team in the near future!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014: Help Wanted!

Book Expo America 2014 is quickly approaching (May 29-31 to be exact), which means that Armchair BEA planning is currently underway.  As our team has converged once again this year, we have come to discover that life is chaotic and sometimes takes precedence over our online lives.  Many of our team members are stepping down this year or taking a step back from the event by serving in mentor roles.  If Armchair BEA 2014 is going to take place, we need new team members!

Five years ago, Armchair BEA started out as a small event thrown together by a team of bloggers that were not able to attend Book Expo America.  Over the next four years, the event has grown to include hundreds of bloggers participating and hundreds of giveaways thanks to our amazing sponsors.  It has been a very exciting four years, and we want to see the excitement continue.

This year will be the fifth annual Armchair BEA and we need your help to pull this event off.  Here is a breakdown of what an ideal full team would entail . . .
  • Sponsor Chair & Team (2-3): Solicit sponsors and coordinate list of prizes; works closely with Prize Team. 
  • Participant Coordinator (1): Create and maintain registration document; post list of participants on the site. 
  • Prize Team (2-3): Work with the Sponsor Team to assign and award daily prizes and special giveaways; draw winners and announce on site. 
  • Agenda Coordinator (1): Daily Topics, Guest Articles, Special Announcements 
  • Instagram Challenge Coordinator (1): Set daily themes, draw daily winners and send to Prize Team for announcement. 
  • Social Media Coordinator (1-2): Maintain Twitter and Facebook accounts, answering questions and interacting with participants; organize Twitter parties; work with Prize Team for Twitter party giveaways. 
  • Commenting Committee (2-3): Solicit commenting volunteers/cheerleaders; oversee commenting throughout the week of the event; draw commenting volunteers for daily giveaways (pass on to Prize Team). 
  • International Committee (2-3): Must be outside of the US to bring in an international perspective - can include the assistance of finding international sponsors, writing guest articles to appear the week of the event, etc.
  • On-site Correspondents (2-3): Interact with sponsors and post special sponsors as needed; take pictures/video throughout the event and post on a daily basis; blogger interaction.

If you are interested in joining the team, please complete the form below by February 15, 2014.  We will be in contact with you shortly afterwards to discuss opportunities with you.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Armchair BEA 2013 Closing Survey

As Armchair BEA wraps up we want to do all we can to improve the event year after year. This year we've put together a short survey for all those who participated this year. We'd love it if everyone could take a few minutesto let us know how we can improve for future Armchair BEA events. 

 Also, we want to let everyone know that we have quite a few more prizes left to be claimed and we will be choosing more prize winners from the survey answers! 

 Thank you again for helping to make another Armchair BEA events as successful as ever!