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.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Armchair BEA Agenda!!

By now, your calendars should be marked and your excitement should be rising for the 2014 Armchair BEA. This year, we are excited to bring you the fifth annual event that parallels with Book Expo America in New York City. We are approximately one month away from the big kick-off, and we want to ensure that you have enough time to prep for our daily discussion posts and allow yourself to participate more fully during the week by meeting new bloggers, chatting about books and blogging, joining in our Twitter parties, and shooting a few pictures for our Instagram challenge. For that reason, we share with you our official 2014 Armchair BEA agenda today.

Please note that we have continued with the dual daily topics, one that is blogging related and one that is related to the books that we love. However, this year, you will find that we have left you with more flexibility and less confusion when it comes time to share by using only one linky per day. We will bring you more information on these logistics when we kick off the event, but for now you can start brainstorming how you intend to contribute to the conversation.

Without further ado, we enthusiastically present to you our 2014 Armchair BEA Agenda . . .


MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014: INTRODUCTIONS & LITERATURE 

Introductions 
As in past years, we will provide you with a list of ten questions and ask that you answer FIVE. We are currently in the midst of revamping the questions, so all our returning participants will be happy to see a whole list of new choices. The list of questions will be published in approximately two weeks, so stay tuned. 

Literature 
What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, genre, or something else entirely? We are leaving this one up to you to come up with and share the literature that you want to chat about the most. Feel free to share a list of your favorites, break down your favorite genre, feature your favorite authors, and be creative about all things literature in general. 


TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014: AUTHOR INTERACTION & MORE THAN JUST WORDS

Author Interaction 
Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger. 

More Than Just Words 
There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats? 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014: EXPANDING BLOGGING HORIZONS & NOVELLAS/SHORT STORIES

Expanding Blogging Horizons 
What do you think about when you think about going beyond blogging or expanding your horizons? Is it a redesign of your blog? Have you branched out into freelance writing or even published a novel of your very own? Or, have you moved into a different venue like podcasts or vlogging? This is the day to tell us about how you have expanded on blogging in your own unique way. 

Novellas/Short Stories 
Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. What is a short story or novella that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors? 


THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014: GIVEAWAYS & BEYOND THE BORDERS 

Giveaways 
One of the favorite days of past years is our day of giveaways! You host the giveaway on your own site and link it up here for all our participants to come and visit. Don’t forget to give Armchair BEA a little love when advertising, but you can choose your own guidelines and deadlines. 

Beyond the Borders 
It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going! 


FRIDAY: TOPIC OF CHOICE & MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT 

Topic of Choice 
Today is the day to talk about something that you feel we have missed or that you want to spend a little extra time chatting about. Ideas include, but are not limited to: a genre that does not fit into those featured earlier this week; logistics, such as blogging resources, procedures, or advice; or something completely fun with book to movie adaptations or favorite blogging games, features, memes, events, and/or activities. It’s your freebie day to choose what you like! 

Middle Grade/Young Adult 
Our final genre of discussion is one that we know is a popular one these days: books for the younger crowd, from middle grade to young adult. If you do not normally talk about this genre on your site, maybe you want to feature books that you remember impacting you during this stage in your life. If this is where you tend to gravitate, maybe you want to list your favorites, make recommendations based on genres, or feature some titles that you are excited to read coming later this year. 


In each of the categories, we have given you some examples to get your creative juices flowing. However, we encourage you to take the topic and make it your own. You can choose to go with one of our recommendations or you can choose to go your own direction with the topic. 

We are very excited about our 2014 agenda, but now it is your turn to weigh in! What do you think? Which one of the topics are you most excited to dive into? After sharing your thoughts, be sure to share the agenda with all your blogging friends!

Not yet registered for the event? You can register here!

20 comments:

  1. All very good ideas, especially the diversity theme. And the YA topic of course...since my blog is YA devoted!

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    1. Roberta R. ... Glad you like them!! :)

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  2. This is awesome :) I will make sure to prepare some fun posts in advance, since I will be in the middle of exams that week :(

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Lexxie Lin ... Can't wait to see what you have!! :)

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  3. Most awesome on the topics! Did some copy and paste and have all my drafts set up and ready to work on. Love that you have the topics all set.

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    1. Deb ... That is awesome, and GREAT planning!! :)

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  4. Can't wait to start working on these. Great choices!

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    1. Lindsey ... Yay!!! Glad you like them!!

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  5. I love that you post early!! I have family in town that week so I am glad that I will able to prepare my posts in advance.

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    1. Angela's Anxious Life ... I'm glad you are still planning to participate, despite having family in town that week!! Yay!!

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  6. Great topics! I like the early post of topics I have free time over the next few days so I'm getting a jump start

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    1. FICTION STATE OF MIND ... I am really curious what you have to say about the More Than Just Words topic!! ;)

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  7. So excited to get started on these! :D

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  8. Nice! I like the line up so exciting! thank you so much for posting ahead..lookin forward to this event XD

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    1. Kim Cuasay ... You're welcome! We know we have some planners in our midst! ;)

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  9. Fantastic! I love the topics, and I see a lot of promise! I'll be posting every day, for sure!

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    1. Andi ... Yay!!! I'm really excited to see what everyone writes about this year!

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  10. I hope to get some posts scheduled in advance, too! Thank you for the early agenda!

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