Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Announcing the Armchair BEA 2011 Agenda!

We’re excited to present the official agenda for Armchair BEA 2011! Some of the details aren’t finalized yet, but what we have for you right now should be enough to help you start planning your week of Armchair-ing.

Monday, May 23: Who are you, and how do you Armchair?
You’ll probably be getting a lot of new visitors to your blog this week, so introduce yourself in a post! And if you specialize in a particular genre, share what it is and why you love it. Also, tell us how you’re doing Armchair BEA - where you are, what you’re excited about, what you hope will happen this week. We’ll have a lead-in post for you to link up to. ALSO: 

  • a guest post from Pam telling you what you’re not missing by staying home from BEA
Tuesday, May 24: Giveaways Galore!
Tuesday is Armchair BEA’s big Giveaway Day! We’ll be doing giveaways all week here, but if you’re hosting a giveaway for Armchair BEA-goers on your own site, this is the day to post about it there and link it up here! And if you’re not hosting a giveaway, today’s suggested posting topic is “Best of 2011”: share some of your favorite books so far this year, and/or the the books being promoted at BEA that you hope will end up among your favorites for the year! ALSO:

Wednesday, May 25: Work the Network!
This is the day for the ever-popular blogger Interviews! Participants did have to sign up for the interviews in advance, so if you missed the cutoff, our “alternate” topic is an invitation to write a post highlighting some of your favorite book blogs and bloggers - share the love! We’ll have a place to link up your posts here. ALSO:

  • Chris’ interviews with four international book bloggers (Armchair BEA goes worldwide!)
  • A panel discussion with the Armchair BEA organizers and past BEA attendees
  • an author chat with Kendare Blake hosted at Mundie Moms 

Thursday, May 26: Nurturing Relationships
Blogging is about community, and community is about relationships. Post about a relationship you’ve formed with a particular publisher, author, blogger, or bookstore; share your thoughts and tips about connecting and building those relationships; crowd-source your questions about these relationships! We’ll have a place to link up your posts here. ALSO:

  • Connect and build your relationships on Twitter during the Armchair BEA Twitter Parties! Yes, two parties! One from 10-12 am EST and the other from 8-10 pm EST to hopefully accommodate everyone that wants to participate.
  • Talking with Joe Foster from Edelweiss (an Armchair BEA partner) about working with bloggers and publishers

Friday, May 27: Blogging about Blogging!
Today is the day of the Book Blogger Convention, so Armchair BEA will also put the focus on the “blog” portion of “book blog.” There are lots of things you could post about today - here are just a few to get you thinking:

  • How do you utilize social networking in relation to your blog? What may be the pros and cons of doing so?
  • Share some of your favorite blogging technical tips.
  • Create a "rule list" of things you should and shouldn't be doing on a book blog. 
  • What are your tips for balance life and blogging?
  • How do you keep your blog fresh and interesting to your readers & yourself?
  • There are quite a few book blogging events out there. Which are your favorites and why? How do they affect your blog directly?
We’ll have a post here where you can link up. ALSO:

  • a guest post from Florinda highlighting common concerns of book bloggers, regardless of niche
  • a panel discussion on Blogging Tech Tips
  • an author chat (guest TBA) hosted at Mundie Moms

Be sure to check back daily next week - or better yet, follow us here at the blog and on Twitter - for helpful prompts on the daily posting topics, links to explore, surprise guests and giveaways, and more!


  1. Wow! It is going to be a great week!

  2. Looks like a great agenda. I'm liking forward to a great week.

  3. Oh my gosh, what an amazing week you have lined up for us. Can't wait! _Thank you_ for organizing it all...and us!

  4. Sounds amazing! I can't wait to start writing out some thoughts, and I look forward to reading everyone's posts throughout the week.

  5. Yay! I'm going to start working on posts tomorrow for next week!

  6. This sounds awesome. It's going to be a fun week!

  7. How exciting! Thanks for hosting!

  8. I'm excited about being a part of Armchair BEA. I'm offering "tables" for authors, bloggers, publishers, booksellers during the week. It is basically free advertisement. All you need to do is fill out the form on my blog: http://girl-who-reads.blogspot.com

  9. The agenda sounds great! So happy to participate for the 1st time :D

  10. Sounds awesome! Thrilled to be participating for the first time this year.


  11. Just want to thank the Armchair BEA committee - looks like a fantastic week for all of us! My post is ready to go on Monday and now I'll peruse my review copies to give away :-)

  12. Love the agenda -- so very excited about what's ahead!

  13. Thanks so much for doing this! It looks like an excellent week :)

  14. Excited to get started. My blog is geared towards most things books; book reviews, interviews, giveaways, etc. I do it because I love writing and I believe if you're a writer, reading truly is fundamental.


  15. You all rock! Thanks so much for putting together an awesome agenda for us non-BEAers. (Although I am going to the BBC just for the day ... shh, don't tell anyone here.)

  16. On behalf of the committee, I just want to say that we are so excited that you all are excited about the agenda! We are really looking forward to reading those daily posts coming from you! :)

  17. I just saw this on Twitter and signed up!

  18. Hi Guys....what a week to look forward to...I am already super-excited :)

    I have one question about the Monday agenda though - how do I do this one? Do I write a post on my own blog and then link it here? or do we have to do this in a comment way on armchair? also, wheres the guest post and how do we get it? can we and should we link it on our blog?

    Do help me out please...thanks...

    and for anyone who may be interested, heres the link to my book blog...http://debolinasbooks.blogspot.com/ do follow the blog and link it in your blog if you like it and I will share the favour too :)

  19. Hey all...

    Im Debolina from India and I love to read all sorts of genres and i am also going to start book features and author interviews on my blog.. So if you are an author anywhere on the blog (and I would love to especially feature Indie authors, the SP-ed ones from all over the globe) do let me know on deborummy@yahoo.com Also, if you are looking to do something like a ARC, u can get in touch and I will review the book on my blog :)


  20. Debolina Raja Gupta ... There will be a Mr. Linky available every day for every daily topic! You can link up your permalink there! We will have a multitude of guests this week. You are welcome to link to them, but are not required.

  21. This is so amazing! I've only just discovered it but am hoping I can slide in here with some awesome posts!

    Lah @ Lazy Girl Reads