Announcing the 2013 Armchair BEA Agenda!!

8:00 AM Tif Sweeney 20 Comments

Mark your calendars!  The 2013 Armchair BEA agenda is now live!!  

The Armchair BEA team is excited to finally announce the agenda for the 4th annual Armchair BEA!  We have had lengthy discussions, we have read through your feedback from previous years, and we have settled on our daily topics.  Read on for more information, and do not forget to register for the event!

One thing that we have changed for this year is we have added multiple topics for each day to discuss:  one that is topic-based and one that is genre-based.  This will provide participants an opportunity to chat specifically about the topic at hand or share something generally about the selected daily genre (i.e., list of favorites, books you would recommend, a piece that changed your life, a recurring re-read, etc.).  In essence, we will be providing interactions regarding blogging and reading -- the best of both worlds!  

As in previous years, you will have the opportunity to link up your personal posts and reactions for each topic so other participants can stop by and join in the conversation.  In addition, we will also be adding a NEW opportunity for participants to link up to genre-specific lists to assist in networking with like-minded bloggers.


Tuesday, May 28:  Introductions & Classics

We kick off the week by starting with introductions of ourselves.  Last year, we changed things up by having everyone answer questions from a pre-determined list.  It was such a hit, that we are doing it again.  The questions and more information will be posted in the weeks leading up to the event, so you can plan accordingly.

Our first genre discussion will revolve around classic literature.  Ideas for discussion include a list of your favorite classics, books you would recommend to a non-classic believer, or even what draws you to keep reading those classics over and over again!

Wednesday, May 29:   Blogger Development & Genre Fiction

Day 2 we talk about how we develop ourselves as bloggers.  Have you branched out into your community? Do you partner with other bloggers?  Have you gone "pro" or begun supplementing your income through your blog?  Are you a long-term blogger, and how has your online personality developed over the years?  These are simply ideas.  Think development and tell us what comes to mind.

The book-ish focus will be genre fiction.  What draws you to a specific genre?  Do vampires, zombies, or witches float your boat?  Or, do you prefer the heat of romance?  Recommend your favorite genres and/or books and help build reader TBR shelves a bit more!

Thursday, May 30:  Giveaways & Literature 

We take a break from official discussions on Thursday to allow participants to hop around the web and enter blogger-hosted giveaways!  Start planning your giveaway now!

The genre of discussion is general literary fiction.  Which works of art have changed your life?  Be creative and make a list outlining books featuring specific subjects (i.e., animals, recommended prize-winners, outstanding authors, etc.).

Friday, May 31: Ethics & Non-Fiction

We get back into discussions on Friday with the heavy topic of ethics.  Do you have recommendations to new bloggers to ensure credit is given to whom/where credit is due?  Have you had an experience with plagiarism?  How did you deal with it?  What are the guidelines as bloggers that we must follow?

We bridge the genre gap from fiction to all things non-fiction.  Do you read non-fiction?  Why or why not?  Is there a specific type of non-fiction that you prefer to read (i.e., historical, true crime, memoirs, biographies, etc.)?  What is the perfect book for a first-time non-fiction reader?

Saturday, June 1: Keeping it Real & Children's/Young Adult Literature

What exactly does "keeping it real" mean?  The meaning lays in keeping.  How do you not only grow an audience, but how do you keep them coming back for more?  If you have been around for years, how do you keep your material fresh?  How do you continue to keep blogging fun?

Our final genre focuses on the younger crowd:  children's picture books and young adult literature and everything in between.  What are the top 5 (or more) books that every child should have on his shelf?  If you are an adult who reads YA, why do you keep going back for more?  If you are not a reader of these books, think back to your childhood and share your favorites from your younger years.

Sunday, June 2: Armchair BEA Wrap-Up

On this final day, we encourage you to wrap-up the week with your favorites and highlights of the week.  Did you learn something new?  Did you connect with a new-to-you blogger?  What was your favorite discussion topic?  Do you have ideas for future years?  You can write your own blog post and link it up, but we also encourage you to take our end-of-event survey.


In addition to the daily topics, we will also be featuring special guest posts, photos and videos from on-site, featured giveaways, twitter parties, and so much more.  Be sure to check back here often to stay up-to-date on all the upcoming and ongoing news in the weeks to come!

20 comments:

  1. How cool, I LOVE the idea of 2 kinds of topics/day, and by genre. Great job. Looking forward to Armchair BEA

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    1. wordsandpeace.com ... Love that you love the idea!! :)

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  2. I am so excited to participate in the event this year!

    Question on the 2 topics per day: Is it a choose one of the other deal? Or are we supposed to combine both topics into one post? Or two separate postings?

    Thanks for the info - I am already planning my giveaway! :)

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    1. Meagan @ Reviewing Wonderland ... We are excited to have you! As for your question ... you can choose to participate in one, both, or a combination of the two. It's up to you! We have provided multiple options in case you do not want to participate in one or the other.

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  3. Will we get emailed the set up for the questions before posting day?

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    1. Book Blogger Mom ... We will post the questions prior to the week of the event. I recommend that you subscribe to the blog, either RSS or email, to ensure you see them. I cannot confirm at this time if we will be emailing all registered participants this year or not. I will discuss it with the team.

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  4. Awesome! Can't wait to take part again this year? :)

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  5. My introduction post at last year's Armchair BEA is still one of my highest viewed posts of all time. I can't wait to do this again.

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  6. As a new-ish blogger, I'm really excited to participate and some of the topics sound like they'll be incredibly helpful!

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  7. an.ti.ci.paaaa.tion!
    great lineup plus options? way to go team BEA!

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  8. Great topics this year! Cannot wait to participate.

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  9. This will be my second year of Armchair BEA. Can't wait for it to start! Great topics!

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  10. I am so excited about this! I was just telling someone how much I would love to be in NYC for this! Love the agenda!

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  11. Why are your dates different? The registration post says "Monday, May 27 – Sunday, June 2, 2013" but here you start on Tuesday the 28th. So is it a 7-day week or a 6-day week?

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    1. Bonnie Jacobs ... We will personally be posting something on Monday the 27th, but blogger participation starts on Tuesday the 28th. Both are actually correct! :)

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    2. Thanks, that makes sense. I've posted this agenda on my blog, so I'm ready to start next week.

      http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/armchair-bea-2013-agenda.html

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  12. Is the blogger interview swap not happening this year? I'm sad; that's one of my favorite parts!

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    1. Liviania ... Unfortunately, we switched to introductions last year in the hopes of being able to spend more time commenting and networking with others. Last year, it seemed to work out well, so we are sticking with it again this year! This way doesn't leave anyone out either, which was an issue with the interviews due to deadlines!

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  13. This is my first year participating. I'm pretty excited, thank you!

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  14. Introduction post
    http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2013/05/armchair-bea-introductory-questions.html

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