Monday, June 25, 2012

Armchair BEA Aftermath Twitter Party!!

As the organizers of Armchair BEA are beginning to wrap up all the details for this year's amazing event, we have come to discover that we still have some prizes remaining unclaimed.  For that reason, we are throwing another Twitter party!!  We will be chatting about books, authors, and all things related to literary love.  And, we will be giving away the final items from our amazing sponsors!

{Quickly} Mark Your Calendars
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
9:00-11:00 pm EST (6:00-8:00 pm PST)

A couple of important notes:
  • Follow us @ArmchairBEA and #ArmchairBEA to completely stay in the loop.
  • Please help us to spread the word by sharing this exciting news with all your friends!
  • We recommend that you review the list of the remaining giveaways and make note of which items interest you, in case of a win.  Unfortunately, the number of international giveaways are now very limited.
  • Most importantly, have fun!  Chat with you all very soon!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ALA Is Upon Us! A Clarification

Many of you may have noticed a new event popping up on Twitter, in your Google Reader or possibly even in your email...

The American Library Association (ALA) has events that take place twice a year and is primarily for librarians. The event happening from the 21-26 is their Annual event occurring in Anaheim, CA this year. In many ways it's similar to BEA in that numerous publishers, authors and illustrators take part in a week long event aimed at sharing upcoming books. It also provides education related panels and classes as well as awards such as the Newbery, Printz and Caldecott Awards among many others. This is obviously an over-simplification of a huge event that is loved by librarians all over the country.

Armchair BEA's success at bringing the book-blogging community together during Book Expo week inspired one of our Armchair BEA guests, NetGalley, to start an "armchair" event/Twitter hashtag of their own for librarians and other interested folks who might be missing ALA. 

NetGalley was a wonderful support to us here at Armchair BEA and we're pleased they would wish to duplicate even a small portion of the event in hopes of bringing the librarian community together. That being said, we do want to clarify that the organizers here at Armchair BEA have no affiliation with NetGalley's Armchair ALA. Anything you see online featuring the title Armchair ALA or hashtag with the same title is entirely administered by NetGalley.

If you have any questions about Armchair ALA we would suggest either contacting NetGalley directly at either their website and/or their Twitter account

For those librarians and bloggers among us attending ALA this week we hope you have a fantastic time and we look forward to hearing all about it upon your return!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Synopsis and Final Giveaways

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads

What another great year of Armchair BEA!  We have had more than 600 registered participants, amazing guest articles, daily topics in which everyone could contribute, and giveaways galore; but alas, Armchair BEA 2012 must come to an end.  However, the beauty of enjoying this event from your armchair is that you can keep on coming back for more all year long:  to re-read, to reference, and to review.  Let's do a quick recap of what was brought to you this year . . .

Daily Topics

Guest Articles

We Asked, You Answered (The Book Blogging Survey Stats)

A Look Into BEA 2012


Throughout the week, we have had giveaways galore!  Here on the site, we had our daily giveaways (listed below) thanks to our multitude of sponsors.  If you have shown up on any of these lists, don't forget to submit your top three choices, and send a special thank you to the winning sponsor (forms available on each announcement post)!

We also had a day completely devoted to giveaways from our participants.  Some of these may still be open, so be sure to hop on over and browse a while.

Last, but not least, we also have some final giveaway announcements ... BIG giveaway announcements!!  Please note that these final winners will be receiving confirmation emails directly from Armchair BEA, so be sure to check your email and respond ASAP!

The first little surprise giveaway comes from BEA Bloggers Conference. Two lucky winners will receive a Bloggers Conference tote filled with BEA swag!  Congratulations to . . .

The second surprise giveaway comes from The Apocalypsies.  Ten lucky winners will receive some Apocalypsies swag ... swag "like there is no tomorrow!"  Congratulations to . . .

Throughout the week, the big giveaway talk centered around the Seekerville giveaway of a Kindle Touch.  Now is the time to announce the lucky winner of this generous gift from these amazing women, so without further ado . . .

I cannot close the week without also sending out a special shout-out to an amazing person.  This woman has unexpectedly stepped up to help in many of the tedious behind-the-scene tasks, proving to be invaluable to the success of this week.  Thank you to Jasmine of The Bookish Mama!

The Armchair BEA team thanks you for joining in the celebration and we look forward to seeing you again in 2013.  To ensure that we continue to bring you the latest, greatest, and best, we ask that you share your final thoughts with us in this Armchair BEA 2012 Survey.  We read and we listen to your feedback, so share away!

Until next year . . . 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

One Last Look Inside Book Expo America 2012!

Last year one of the aspects of Armchair BEA that everyone loved was the insider looks into the floor at Book Expo America. Well, I'm excited to say we've got another look at what's happening at BEA! 
Courtesy of our insider on the BEA floor,Raquel M. we have more pictures than you can imagine and they are all pre-show craziness too. Thank you so much!

Now, enjoy, and remember your feet feel much better sitting at your computer while taking in the view! (I promise!) ;) Thank you again Raquel for all the great photos!

As Seen at Book Expo America Take Two!

One of the new features this year is called "As Seen at BEA!" Thanks to our on-site coverage at Book Expo America this feature gives Armchair BEA participants the chance to see the titles they can pick up from our Sponsors as they appear on the floor at BEA! We have so much gratitude for our Sponsors and love the opportunity to share a little more about the books and prizes they have offered to us.

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Be sure to follow Susan on TwitterFacebook and on her blog.

Untraceable by SR Johannes

Be sure to follow SR Johannes on TwitterFacebookher Blog and on Pinterest.

Winners Day 5

Be sure to Check out the Giveaway Page for Prizes

Awesome Commenter's

Lisa of Lisa's World of Books  
Teresa of Teresa's Reading Corner  


Kristina D @ New BorrowedUsed
Alishe@My need to read
Kelly @Radiant Shadows
Sarabara081@Forever 17 books
Stacy@the Novel Lite
Ashley@Book Labyrinth
Kristen T @always with a book
Kate @ Ex Libris
Monica@The Fuma Files
Leeanna @ Leeanna me
Sandy @somewhere Only we know
Jana @that artsy Reader girl
Danie@Book to color
Amanda @ Letters inside out
TweedleDee and TweedleDave
Heather@Gabbing about books
Vikk@Down the writers path
Mollie@once upon a prologue
Ems@Ems Reviews Books
Sarah @ Reading the world
Kailana @ The written word
Stephanie @ a girl and her diary
Tami @ Just 1 more thing
Marie@Boston Bibliophlio
Shay @ 365 books a year
Lisa Lit and Lite
Leanne@ Escaping with Books

Winners only Fill out the Form please 

It's a Wrap!

Another Armchair BEA has come and gone. It's been an exhausting but exhilarating week. Hopefully, you made some new friends, learned some interesting tips, got some insight into the main event in New York, and most importantly had fun.

Please feel free to link up to your individual wrap-up post you may write. We love to go back and look at people's final thoughts on our no-longer-little event!

In addition, we are going high-tech this year with our post-event survey. This is a very important process for us as we do comb over the comments we receive and take that in consideration when planning for next year. We are committed to making Armchair BEA better every year but cannot do that without your feedback! Please click here to take survey.

Thank you and we'll see you next year!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Winners Day 4

Please check out the Giveaway page for prizes

Awesome commenter's
 Amanda Furman   
Michelle Birbeck  

Twitter Party Winners 

  • 1) @booktacular
  • 2) @galvezbookgirl
  • 3) @AshesTantalize
  • 4) @mizzelle
  • 5) @sawcat @sawcatsims
  • 6) @Cayce_23
  • 7) @bookbrats
  • 8) @imlostinbooks
  • 9) @alba_solorzano
  • 10) @ValiaLind
  • 11) @artnmakeuplover
  • 12) @BreaktheBind
  • 13) @daydreamin_star
  • 14) @enchantdbybooks
  • 15) @shelfconfession
  • 16) @DEBookmarked
  • 17) @jamieallyn24
  • 18) @teresasreading
  • 19) @LdySkyfire
  • 20) @aLmYbNeNr
  • 21) @Paperbook_Blog
  • 22) @LeslieCooper16
  • 23) @kindlefever
  • 24) @TriniCapini


Claire@Claire Reads
Danielle@Enchanted Books
Sarah @Sarah says read
Jessia@Books a true story
Sam@Munchkin Reader
Ashley@drpepper Diva
Gwen@Chew & Digest Books
Martina @ Book Drunkard
Carrie( wvredreads)
Laura@Book Snob
Suey@Its all about the books
Freda@Freda voice
Judith @Leswammes blog
Cass@Boujour Cass
Kate @whYAnot
Rhiannon Paille
Laura @ Tattooed Books
Jennifer @ the Bawdy Book Blog
Faye@ Daydreams thoughts
Sharon @obsession with books
Kayla@biblophilila Please
Ariel@the libraians shelf
Bookish Temptations
Love Big Read Big

Winners only please fill the form out. Congrats

BONUS DAILY GIVEAWAY: Mural by Devon Layne

Elder Road Books (formerly known as Long Tale Press) returns for a BONUS daily 24-hour giveaway!! This one does come with an additional parameter as you will see why when you read on . . . 

Modern Student Book One: Mural by Devon Layne 

Tony Ames, a freshman art student battles depression as he struggles to overcome the pressures of college and loneliness. But when fellow student Melody Anderson asks him to pose for her final project--nude--things take a decided turn for the better. Complicating matters, however, is Tony's racquetball mentor, the former model Lissa Grant. The three dance a delicate and erotic dance with each other as Tony opens the door to new life experiences. (Description Courtesy of Amazon

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a book for adult eyes only and contains explicit sexual content.  It is only available to those participants that are at least 18 years of age.

For the next 24 hours only (deadline: June 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST), you can receive your very own e-copy of Layne's adult erotica. Simply email with the subject line MURAL.  Please include format requested (ePUB or MOBI) and confirm that you are age 18 or older.

For more information on Elder Road Books, be sure to visit Nathan Everett's social media site, Writers Cramp to receive the latest news on the publishing company and upcoming releases.

Guest Post: The UNCON Experience

On this final day of Armchair BEA, we would like to welcome a guest article from Teresa of Shelf Love.  Teresa was one of many who attended the Unconference on Monday and today she shares what happened at the event.

I attended my first BEA and Book Blogger Conference in 2011 and had a great time. The greatest thing about it was the opportunity to meet and talk with other bloggers. In fact, as great as the panels during the Book Blogger Con were, what I really wanted was more time to exchange ideas with other bloggers. So when Jeff O’Neal, of The Reading Ape and Book Riot, put forward the idea of having a more interactive Unconference during BEA week, I knew that’s where I wanted to be. 

Around 20 bloggers attended the Unconference, which was held at the Center for Fiction on June 4. In the weeks leading up to the UNCON, bloggers had kicked around ideas for sessions. The day began with a discussion of those ideas as together we mapped out the day. Participants pitched ideas for sessions on close reading, comments, controversy, and more as Jeff wrote down our ideas on a chalkboard grid. Once we had a list of sessions, with room assignments, we marked on the board which sessions we’d like to attend to see if any needed to be combined or scrapped altogether. In the end, we decided to split into two groups for the first session only. For the rest of the day, we stayed together to discuss topics of interest to us all. 

Session topics included the state of publishing, close reading, social media, comments, reviewing, and the future of blogging. The bloggers in attendance represented several different segments of the larger book blogging world, including young adult, classics, and romance. Participants shared their own experiences with each of these areas, and the conversation was often spirited but never acrimonious. Bloggers sometimes disagreed about how they would handle certain situations, but participants didn’t attempt to convince others that their way was the only right way. Sharing and listening were the orders of the day. 

During the first session, one group practiced close reading while another mulled over the state of the publishing industry in a world of e-books and Amazon. The next session focused on social media and the benefits and drawbacks of Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and more. We talked about what bloggers can get out of these outlets and how best to use them. We also talked about our attitudes toward interaction with authors on social media. 

After lunch, we spent some time on comments and controversy. How important are comments? How can we encourage people to comment more? What kinds of comments would we disallow? Several bloggers talked about times how they’ve handled strong difference of opinions and personal attacks in their comment sections. The day ended with a conversation about reviewing and the future of book blogging. Participants shared their views on rating systems, spoilers, and reviewing everything we read. We mulled over whether publishers’ views toward bloggers are changing and what such changes might mean for the way we blog. 

When the day was over, participants agreed that the experience was valuable and that they’d like to do it again, so if this sounds like an event you’d enjoy, watch the UNCON blog and Twitter account for updates.

Thank You Teresa!

We Asked, You Answered

Image: Statistics Image
Today is all about looking forward and projecting the future of blogging. However, the accountant in me would argue that we can't looking forward without setting a baseline to be able to determine just how far we've come. With that in mind, a few weeks ago, we created a survey to get a feel for just how diverse we truly are as a community. And boy, did you answer. All 504 of you!

Let's break it down a bit, shall we? First, the basics:

25 percent of respondents have been blogging for 3+ years. How's that for longevity?
Most of us started blogging to talk about books (85 percent), to connect with other book lovers (63 percent), and to express oneself using a creative outlet (49 percent). 

For those of us who have been blogging for more than two years, we continue to blog because of community, connecting with other book lovers
around the world, and to express ourselves using a creative outlet. This is also how we keep things fresh. Remaining active in the community was the most popular method for remaining passionate about blogging and exciting for readers.

We like to read, averaging at least two hours a day or more. Personally, I want to know the secret to finding the time to read 4+ hours a day. I may actually be able to whittle down my TBR pile at that rate!!

Blogger is by far the most popular platform, with a whopping 65 percent of you using it for your primary site. Wordpress is a distant second with only 21 percent of the respondents using it.

Blogging takes work. That we all know. Most of us work on our blogs one to two hours each day.

Book reviews are by far the most popular feature on blogs, as 99 percent of the respondents said they feature them. Giveaways and Memes were practically tied for second and third, as an active feature on 67 and 65 percent of the respondents' blogs. Surprisingly, author interviews were a feature on more than half of the respondents - 56 percent. Authors have definitely gotten the word that bloggers are good marketing tool!

Speaking of marketing tools, 74 percent felt that marketing helps their blog. At 82 percent, Twitter is the biggest marketing tool most bloggers like to use with blog hops, 52 percent, another popular method, followed by Facebook at 42 percent. 

Goodreads is definitely the most popular book network (85 percent) with LibraryThing coming in a distant second with only 8 percent of the respondents stating they use it as their go-to book network.

Twitter is by far the most popular social network, followed closely by the various book networks. Surprisingly, there are still a few bloggers who do not utilize any social networking.

We are a group that loves our Young Adult! 82 percent of respondents reported reading YA, with an equal number also reading Adult. Teen readers came in with 71 percent and Children's books only generated interest among 30 percent of you. Are you as surprised by this as I was?

Pretty self-explanatory.

Paperbacks make up our primary mode of reading (44 percent), while at 29 percent e-readers come in second. Interestingly, at 34 percent, e-readers are tops when it comes to secondary modes of reading, with paperbacks a very close second. Even though it is Audiobook month, audiobooks ranked last as a primary mode, garnering only one percent, and fifth as a secondary mode, with 7 percent of respondents reporting their love of audiobooks.

This week was all about networking and looking beyond the blog. This is one area where a majority still struggle. 66 percent do not monetize their blogs. A resounding 95 percent do not partner locally, and 87 percent do not freelance at all. This will be an interesting statistic to watch in the years to come as the lines between author/publisher/blogger blur and combine even more than they already have.

Lastly, outside of Armchair BEA, bloggers like to be challenged. Reading challenges were the most popular blogging event, followed by blog hops and readathons, BBAW, and readalongs.

So, after all of these mind-numbing charts and numbers, what does it mean for the future of blogging? We are a group of relative newbies, meaning most of the respondents have been blogging for two years or less. Partnering locally, monetizing, and freelancing are - in my opinion - evolutionary aspects of blogging. One needs to get comfortable blogging before expanding beyond their blogs. I see the number of bloggers who partner with their local bookstores or publishers, who start freelancing, and who begin to earn money from their blogs increasing as the new bloggers mature in their blogging comforts. This area, to me, will be the biggest change in future years.

For those who have been blogging longer than two years, community was the top reason for continuing, and this is one trend I do not see changing any time soon. In fact, I see this becoming even more important in the future, as learning about the community is the one aspect about blog hops, readathons, readalongs and even Armchair BEA which excites people the most. We are a friendly bunch and love any opportunity to get to know each other! Once those connections are made through such events, they are only strengthened over time, binding one to the other and building an even stronger sense of community.

However, I do see the idea of community changing and morphing. It used to be that the blogging community was so small, everyone "knew" everyone else. We all read different things, as the opportunities of finding similar niche blogs were fairly limited. These days, however, as the community has grown, there are a lot more of us to go around. We all want to network and work with bloggers with similar interests, and there is no need to network with YA bloggers if you don't read YA or LBGT bloggers focusing on LBGT literature or nonfiction for fiction bloggers or whatever. I predict the community is going to fracture into its individual parts because honestly, it has gotten too big. Sometimes, in order to survive, a group needs to divide into subgroups, and I feel that the book blogging community has reached that point.

The numbers do not lie. More than the books, it is the community which unites us and keeps us blogging. Not only do we learn more about the book industry from one another, we learn more about ourselves and the rest of the world. Together, we truly are making the world a smaller place. 

The Future of Blogging

The Future of Blogging. Has anyone ever been given such an ominous post title? Here I am sitting in my pajamas ready to write this post and schedule it for a future date. The word future itself leads one to think about myriads of possibilities. These few fancies I have dreamed up for book bloggers are based on my ability to watch and evaluate trends.
Dear bloggers, fear me for I am the modern day blogger Nostradamus and my predictions always come true. Except for when they don’t, so you may want to take this whole post with a grain of salt.
On one hand I can end this post here by stating that the Mayan calendar ends this year and not much will change organically between now and then. I think that the Armchair committee would call for my head on a pike if that was the entirety of my post so I suppose I shall pontificate a bit more. You know, just in case the Mayans are wrong.
1. More organic-
I see bloggers getting back to their roots. Caring less about ARCs and swag and more about being a legit place for people to find real recommendations for great books. There will be less IMM and more thought. (This may be more of a wish than a real prediction.)
2. Bloggers doing incredible things-
Bloggers are finally being considered more than just a simple marketing tool. Every day we are shaping the publishing industry. Be it a call to arms for a cover injustice or a plea for a wonderful book not getting the attention it deserves bloggers are an integral part of getting things done. I see bloggers accepting actual paying positions within the ranks of the publishing industry and using their knowledge to better blogger/publisher/author relations.
3. Microblogging-
Tumblr, Twitter, even Facebook status messages are becoming the preferred means of communication for many of us who work daily online. I foresee less lengthy articles and less self hosting. The internet is a giant mass of ever changeable energy and people already are loathe to read more than 500 words at a time on their computers. Microblogging will be a call to arms for those who want to continue with a large readership.
4. Community-
More community involvement and celebrations. There are so many bloggers now around the web that focus on reading and all these movie blockbusters and T.V. shows are making reading a lucrative pastime instead of the thing that nerds do. I see leaders of the blogging community reaching out and creating events that are more than memes and less about blog hits. I want to know all of you!
5. Niche-
I think a lot of blogs (especially those that adopt microblogging) will niche further than ever before. Going back to the organic roots thing I think that bloggers will want to engage. We will see less ARC, Giveaways, and such and get super smart but narrowed focus discussions.
More importantly, what do you guys think? Do you have any predictions for blogging? Have you already implemented some of my predictions? Does this dress make me look fat?
Tweets about the future of blogging:

Experts Say....: Participant Link Up

It's Friday! The last day of Armchair BEA. Can you believe it? The week has just flown by. I hope everyone has met some new blogging friends and learned a few things too. Maybe you got ideas for the future of your blog. We hope so. We want book blogging to be around for a long time.

Today's topic is Ask The Experts. In your post, ask the visitors to your blog for blogging advice. What did you always want to know about blogging but were afraid to ask? Now is the time!

Alternatively, if you've been blogging for awhile, you've probably learned a thing or two. Whether you stumbled upon a something that makes blogging easier or made a mistake you'd never want anyone to repeat, share your experience and wisdom with others.

So, that's it! Ask a question or share a tip. When you're finished your post, link it up here. (Please turn word verification off for one more day.Thanks!)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Winners from Day 3

Winners from Day 3

Be Sure to look at the Giveaway Page and Find a Prize

Twitter Winners

  • 1) @lexley
  • 2) @AneeqahNSRL
  • 3) @bostonbibliophl
  • 4) @rachelnseigel
  • 5) @thebookmystress
  • 6) @lrpresley
  • 7) @GoreLenore
  • 8) @sarberry
  • 9) @Booklover1988
  • 10) @Between_Covers
  • 11) @jenni_elyse
  • 12) @CourageousGrace
  • 13) @Chrisbookarama
  • 14) @chiefmatekate
  • 15) @OtherwhereCo
  • 16) @missbonnie13
  • 17) @neabarabea
  • 18) @randomvickers
  • 19) @imabookshark
  • 20) @silverlight00
  • 21) @BurtonReview

Awesome Commenter's
Violette @ The Mystery Bookshelf 
Melanie @ Melanie's Musings

Sarah Reads to Much
Rachelle Lerner
Kristine Asselin: Writing for Real
Colette@A Buckeye Reads
Nina Reads
Jasmine@the Bookish Mama
Catie@Movies in my Head
Marg @The adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Smash Attack Reads
Mckenna @Young at Heart
Peggy@Pawing through Books
Michelle Bierbeck
Michelle @ The Book addict
Natalie@ Mindfulmusing
Ephrielle@Hope love Happy ending
Valerie@Stuck in Books
Heather @between the covers
Dayna@A Tapestry of words
Faith Hope & Cherry Tea
Jenn@Little Bird reads
Shannon @ Literati Literacy Library
Kai( Fiction state of mind)
Angela @ Reading Angel
Kaitlyn in Bookland
Penelope@ Reading Fever
Laura @ Bunny Tales
Cupcake: Cupcake book cupboard
DogEared & Bookmarked
Jess@ the cozy reader
Thinking cat

Winners only please fill out this form. Congrats and Happy Dance for you.

DAILY GIVEAWAY: The Gutenberg Rubric by Nathan Everett

Elder Road Books (formerly known as Long Tale Press) is back AGAIN for another daily 24-hour ebook giveaway!! Can you believe it?!? This one comes from the mind behind the publishing company itself, Nathan Everett. Be sure to check out his social media site for more information on this book, the soon-to-be released new website for Elder Road Books, and other upcoming releases. 

The Gutenberg Rubric by Nathan Everett 

Did Gutenberg leave a secret? 

Just months before the famous Bible that bears his name was finished, Johannes Gutenberg was sued by his business partner for misappropriating funds for a private enterprise. When Gutenberg refused to share the secret project, the court awarded the entire Bible-printing operation to Johan Fust, leaving Gutenberg with nothing but his secret. Was it an alchemical formula? A heretical treatise? A new technology? Or something far more dangerous? Why would Gutenberg risk everything? 

Brilliant, eccentric professor Keith Drucker and rare books librarian Madeline Zayne are reluctant heroes in a centuries-old search for Gutenberg’s secret. Crossing continents to follow clues from an encoded rubric and stolen manuscript, the couple face injury and encounter arcane rituals and biblio-terrorism as they race to find the fabled treasure. 

 But if they find it, will they survive to tell the world? 

For the next 24 hours only (deadline: June 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST), you can receive your very own e-copy of Everett's adult thriller. Simply email with the subject line GUTENBERG and specify eBook format (ePUB, MOBI, or PDF).

Many thanks to Elder Road Books for another fabulous daily giveaway!

Live from BEA: Day 3 Vlog

Emily from Emily's Reading Room brings Armchair BEA a look from Day 3 in NYC!  Can you believe that autograph area?!?

As Seen at Book Expo America!

One of the new features this year is called "As Seen at BEA!" Thanks to our on-site coverage at Book Expo America this feature gives Armchair BEA participants the chance to see the titles they can pick up from our Sponsors as they appear on the floor at BEA! We have so much gratitude for our Sponsors and love the opportunity to share a little more about the books and prizes they have offered to us. 

First up:
Candlewick Press with the new title in the Blackhope Enimga Young Adult series by Teresa Flavin, The Crimson Shard

The Crimson Shard will be released in October 2012 and Candlewick Press has offered four (4) signed copies of this fantastic new title! Look for it on our Giveaways Page and be sure to check it out on Goodreads as well!

Thank you again Candlewick for your support of Armchair BEA!
Be sure to follow Candlewick on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Goodreads.

A Look Inside Book Expo America 2012!

Last year one of the aspects of Armchair BEA that everyone loved was the insider looks into the floor at Book Expo America. Well, I'm excited to say we've got another look at what's happening at BEA!
Courtesy of our insider on the BEA floor,Raquel M. we have more pictures than you can imagine and they are all pre-show craziness too. Thank you so much!

Now, enjoy, and remember your feet feel much better sitting at your computer while taking in the view! (I promise!) ;) Thank you again Raquel for all the great photos!

Remember that Kindle Giveaway Courtesy of Seekerville?!?

photo credit to amazon

In case you missed the announcement on Monday, we shared with all our participants the amazing giveaway thanks to Seekerville:  A Kindle Touch complete with books from 13 different authors! Who might these authors be?!?  They include award winners and finalists for the Christy Award, Carol Award, and RITA Award.  To be exact, here is the complete list:  

Julie Lessman 
Ruth Logan Herne 
Mary Connealy 
Glynna Kaye 
Myra Johnson 
Cara Lynn James 
Pam Hillman 
Missy Tippens 
Audra Harders 
Janet Dean 
Debby Giusti 
Tina Radcliffe

Now is the time to enter this amazing giveaway!  To qualify, you must be a registered participant of Armchair BEA and complete the form below by Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 Midnight EST.  The winner will be contacted via email for confirmation and announced as soon as confirmation is received.

Be sure to click on over to Seekerville's website to show your love and appreciation for this very generous giveaway, exclusive to Armchair BEA!

Best of luck!!!

Getting Beyond Your Blog--and Getting Paid for It (Sometimes)

Florinda of The 3 R's Blog
Blogging's not an end in itself for some folks.Today we're talking about "getting beyond your blog" --writing for other sites, making your blog pay, and making online connections outside the book blog community.

I started blogging five years ago so that I'd have a record of the books I read, but I was quite certain even then that I had some ambitions to expand from that tiny platform. Not THAT much--I'm still not harboring book-to-blog ambitions, and I think very short-form writing like this is the kind that suits me best--but I had some hopes of being "dicovered," I suppose.

That does happen, believe it or not. It hasn't happened to me. My experience is probably the more common one; if you want to get exposure for your writing in places beyond your blog--which in turn can create more exposure for your blog--you're probably going to have to go looking for opportunities. The good news is that you may not have to look very far; the even better news is that some of those opportunities may pay you in real money.

But to get to the paid writing, you may have to be open to doing some unpaid writing for other sites...and you may have to be willing to write about topics other than books. That second point may be a tough one to feel OK about--I know I've struggled with it myself, because it's hard not to see it as "selling out." Having said that, as I've gotten to know more about the lives of real writers during the last four years, I've realized just how few of them are able to spend all of their writing time working only on their books (especially if those books are novels); being a working writer may include producing articles, corporate reports, and any other pieces someone is willing to pay for. 

Both of those things are worth doing. Even if they don't pay you in dollars, you may get compensation in the form of experiences or products (or books!). You'll definitely get exposure and attention for your writing, and you'll have more credits and samples you can submit as part of your applications for writing and blogging jobs. You'll also make connections with people who may be in the position to send those jobs your way.

I have several freelance gigs now (none of which, I should note, allows me to quit my completely unrelated day job), and one of them is almost totally the result of connections. I know the features editor at the website for CBS Los Angeles as a co-contributor to an (unpaid) group blog, and she invited me to write for the site almost a year ago. She actually approached me because she wanted book-related content--I'm currently working on my second-annual summer-reading roundup--which was a stroke of luck for me, but I do write about other topics there too.

I've been a member of for almost as long as I've been blogging, and was excited to see them launch the BlogHer Book Club last year. The Book Club requires participation in online discussion as well as a review, but they will pay you in money and in books, and it's open to all members of their blog network.

My primary freelance gig is one I got the traditional way--I answered an ad and provided writing samples, and was thrilled to be chosen as one of the charter reviewers for Shelf Awareness' Readers' Issue when it launched a year ago. I review for them once or twice a month, depending on the time I have and the galleys I'm offered. I work with an editor, and I have deadlines to meet and specific writing guidelines to follow; I'm still a blogger, but this job really makes me feel like a working writer. Granted, I'm a working writer who writes about the work of other working writers, but I'm counting it.

Your blog can definitely open doors for you and your writing, but be prepared for the likelihood that you'll have to be the one to knock on those doors first, and be open to writing about a range of topics (which, if you think creatively, you may even be able to connect to books).

Today at Armchair BEA: Beyond Your Blog

Has blogging opened up opportunities for you beyond getting free, advance copies of new books? Has it helped you get offers to write or review elsewhere (maybe even for pay)? Have you gotten invites to special events or places you might not have been to otherwise? Today, we'd like you to talk about those opportunities in you own posts, and later this morning, we'll have a guest post from one of our own Armchair BEA team members, about her freelancing experiences.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DAILY GIVEAWAY: Stealing Home - A Con's Guide to Inheritance Theft by Phillip C. Lemmons

Elder Road Books (formerly known as Long Tale Press) brings us another 24-hour daily ebook giveaway!  Please read on for more information . . .

Stealing Home - A Con's Guide to Inheritance Theft 
by Phillip C. Lemmons, Esq.

When parents become unable to protect their assets due to infirmity or death, your inheritance is vulnerable to attack. Usernames, passwords, certificates of title, deeds, identification cards and physical possession are all that stand between your inheritance and cons.

Parents plan for incapacity and death by going to an attorney for a will, trust and power of attorney. While those instruments are useful for managing and transferring assets, they are useless in protecting them against theft. Instead, they create greater vulnerability because they must be carried out by someone else and are easily amended, revoked and obtained by cons through manipulation and forgery.

Cons hide in plain sight while planning strategies to steal your inheritance. They blend well because cons never look like cons. They look like your friends, relatives and neighbors. They resemble your trusted accountant, investment advisor and minister. They are also perfect strangers. Once they decide to steal an inheritance, cons are relentless. They don’t stop until everything is taken.

This book brings awareness to inheritance theft. It also reveals six steps to wiping out an entire estate. Becoming familiar with those steps will help you identify cons, detect suspicious behavior and take preventative action before it’s too late.

For the next 24 hours only (deadline:  June 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST), you can receive your very own e-copy of Phillip C. Lemmons, Esq's adult non-fiction book.  Simply email with the subject line STEALING HOME and specify eBook format (ePUB, MOBI, or PDF).

You can visit Nathan Everett's social media site, Writer's Cramp for the latest on the new Elder Road Books website and their upcoming releases.

Thank you to Elder Road Books for sponsoring this giveaway!

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