The #ArmchairBEA 2016 Instagram Challenge is Here!

As many past participants of Armchair BEA know, we have a lot going on during the week of our event (which kicks off next week!).  One of the simplest and most exciting pieces of the week is our Instagram challenge.  We give you the prompts, and you use your creativity to meet those prompts.

As in past years, we do offer special giveaway prizes to a select number of Instagram challenge participants throughout the week.  So, grab those cameras and smartphones, add our hashtags (#armchairbea and our daily tag), and get book creative!

You can also view the full agenda here, including our daily prompts for the Instagram challenge.

Which of these prompts are you most excited to #bookstagram next week?

Mark Your Calendars: Twitter Party Schedule

Pull out those calendars and take note!  It's time to announce the full Twitter party schedule for Armchair BEA!!

May 11 @ 8 PM EST - Introductions & Getting to Know You
May 12 @ 4 PM EST - Going International
May 13 @ 9 PM EST - Beyond the Books & Blogs
May 14 @ 1 PM EST - A "First Book That . . ." Conversation

As you have noticed, each Twitter party will have a theme, and I am already excited for this year's chats.  These conversations are going to be so much fun!!

We recommend that you use Tweetdeck, Tweetchat, or Hootsuite to follow these fast moving conversations.

Be sure to check out our Agenda & Schedule for a quick reference of each day of our event.  The Twitter parties have already been added, and the Instagram Challenge is coming soon.

Which parties will you be joining in?  Which conversations are you most excited for?

ABEA Agenda 2016

       ABEA 2016 is coming up fast! Here is the topic agenda that we have laid out for your participation throughout the conference. Please note that each day, we have given two topics, and with each of those we have provided a list of potential guiding questions to get you started. These are by no means a proscription of the direction you need to take your post for the day in - please feel free to take these topics in whichever directions or tangents your heart desires. And without further ado, the schedule:
5/11 - Intro & Diversity in Books
On this day, introduce yourself! A specific list of introduction questions will be posted much closer to the conference. Our secondary topic focuses on diversity in books and the publishing industry. Whose voices do we see? Whose voices do we need more of? Where do we find representation lacking and what can we as bloggers do to address that? What about negative or stereotypical representation? 
5/12 - Aesthetic Concerns I & II
Today is all about aesthetics! The first part of this topic is concerned specifically with the books, the second with our blogs. Here are some guiding questions to get you started!
The Books: How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside?
The Blog: As a book blogger, in whatever form that takes, branding is important. Your colors, your fonts, your style of review, all of these things come together to make the "brand" of your blog - something that makes your reviews and posts and websites, all your various content, immediately recognizable to the people looking for you. What do you do to create a brand on your site? Do you think about these things?
5/13 - Beyond the Books & Beyond the Blog
Here on Day 3, we are moving our focus beyond the traditional format of the media we consume and create! Beyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favorite alternative forms (graphic novels, audiobooks, webcomics, etc)? Do you have any favorite works within these alternate forms? How do you think the changing format affects the reading experience? Our secondary topic, beyond the blog could focus on the ways you engage in talking about books outside of your blog. Do you participate in book clubs, take classes, meticulously maintain your goodreads profile? Let the world know!
5/14 - Surviving Fictional Worlds & Giveaways
Today we'll talk about surviving fictional worlds. We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?
5/15 - Wrap-up
Share your overall thoughts on the week, list your posts for the week, and/or share your highlights or favorite posts from fellow participants, then link up!
5/16 - Closing Survey
As in past years, we want to hear your thoughts and feedback, so be sure you to stop back and take our quick survey!

Start participating now in the comments! What topics are you most excited for this year?

Armchair BEA 2016 Registration is Now Open!!

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

Armchair BEA is an online conference that runs in conjunction with Book Expo America (BEA) 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 BEA, 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 hundreds of registered participants partaking in our daily discussion topics, twitter chats, new Instagram challenge, and giveaways.  As in past years, the Armchair BEA team will be bringing you awesome guest posts, featured giveaways, and topics that we can all relate to as book lovers and bloggers.

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 11-Monday, May 16, 2016, grab our 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 2016 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!

Announcing the 2016 Armchair BEA Team!

We are excited to announce that Armchair BEA 2016 is on its way!  Mark your calendars for May 11-16, and be watching this website for more information coming very soon.

In the meantime, please send out a warm welcome and huge thank you to our 2016 Armchair BEA Team!!

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


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

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


Maryam Dinzly (Once Upon a Story)
thatdinzlygirl AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @yourkucing

Tiffany DeOs (The Crafty Home)
tiffany AT thecraftyhome DOT net
Twitter:  @thecraftyhome


Allison Bruning (Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning)
allisonbruning AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @emeraldkell

Ariel Wilson (The Librarian's Bookshelf)
pinkdaddysgirl AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @arielrwilson

Gaele (I am, Indeed)
gaele AT iam-indeed DOT com
Twitter:  @I_am_Indeed


Andie Broman (Prose and Poesy)
andrea.broman AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @AndieB4650


Monika (Lovely Bookshelf)
monika.lovelybookshelf AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @lovelybookshelf


Emily (Emily Reads Everything)
Emily AT Emilyreadseverything DOT com
Twitter:  @Emren

Meaghan Walsh Gerard (A Cineaste's Bookshelf)
info AT mwgerard DOT com
Twitter:  @mwgerard

Rachel Noel (Purple Owl Reviews)
rnm.owl AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @Silelda


Bex (An Armchair By The Sea)
thetangledwebweweave AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @ninjabookswap

Dani W. (Dani Reviews Things)
dani AT danireviewsthings DOT com
Twitter:  @dani_reviews

Kelly (Wandering Through Books)
axolotlreads AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @kelly8434

Melissa Robles (The Reader and the Chef)
melissa.rob168 AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @MeliRobles


Ashley Mullins (Books Buying Beauty)
books4review AT yahoo DOT com
Twitter:  @Bookz4Nerdz

Deb Nance (Readerbuzz)
debnance AT gmail DOT com
Twitter:  @debnance

Heather Raynack (Based on a True Story)
H43050 AT gmail DOT com 
Twitter:  @dvmheather

Calling All 2016 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 Chicago. (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.
~ 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 2016, 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 1, 2016 to allow for time to prep proper publicity for each. Thank you!

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

The Future of ArmchairBEA...HELP NEEDED!


Book Expo America 2016 is quickly approaching (May 11-13 to be exact), which means that Armchair BEA planning is about to begin. However this year, many of the key organizers cannot be as hands-on as they have been in previous years ... so we would like to ask the following:

Would you like to see ArmchairBEA return in 2016?

Yes and I will help!
free polls

If you voted that you would like to assist us in making ArmchairBEA happen, please fill out the below form and we will contact you with more information.