Friday, May 26, 2017

HOW-TO: An #ArmchairBookExpo Guide

In five days, Armchair Book Expo 2017 will be kicking off another great year filled with daily topics, guest posts, giveaways galore, and so much more! Before all the excitement really begins, we thought we would share a little how-to guide to aid in making Armchair Book Expo the most successful for you!

GET REGISTERED: If you have not already registered, you can do so here. You can also confirm that you are an official participant by checking out our 2017 Participant List here.  Please note that this list is manually updated and you will not see your name appear immediately after registering.

KNOW THE AGENDA: You can find the full agenda and schedule here. Just as in past years, we have dual daily topics -- one for blogging and one for books.  Also as in past years, we will be having only one linky each day for you to link up to.  Be sure you are paying attention to the directions for linking up to make it easier for other participants to visit your contributions (more information below and also posted with each linky).

LINKING UP TO DAILY TOPICS: Daily topics will be posted at 6:00 AM EST to coincide with the Book Expo in real time. This is your chance to link up as well as visit all the other participants' entries. For convenience purposes, we do request that you turn off word verification for your comments during this week to allow ease of conversation for all those participating.

When linking up to daily topics, please use the following format for ease of navigation from other participants:  Name @ Blog Name - Daily Topic Represented (i.e., Sally @ Armchair Book Expo - Literature OR Sally @ Armchair Book Expo - Introduction & Diversity).  Please use only permalinks (links going directly to the designated post) when linking up.

LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC DAILY TOPIC?:  ALL the posts throughout the week can be chaotic and the daily topics can oftentimes get lost in the shuffle.  For easy navigation, refer to our Agenda & Schedule page at the top of our website.  Everything will be linked up as it goes live right here!

PREP YOUR INTRODUCTIONS: The first day of the event, we ask that you introduce yourself using a preset list of ten questions, of which it is recommended that you answer a set number.  With hundreds of participants, this allows everyone to visit as many blogs as possible without getting too bogged down.  You can find the 2017 prompts here.

TWITTER PARTIES: We are so excited to be hosting a Twitter party EVERY single day of our event this year.  Be sure to check out the full schedule here.  All Twitter parties have also been added to our official Armchair Book Expo Schedule.  Follow @ArmchairBEA as well as #ArmchairBookExpo to receive the full experience of the bookish chatter!  We also recommend using Tweetdeck or Tweetchat to follow the conversation.  It often moves very quickly and can be difficult to follow on the main platform.

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE: We are excited to host our Instagram Challenge again this year!  Click here for more information. You can also view the full detailed schedule here.  

GIVEAWAYS: If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit our list of sponsors and their items available through the giveaways, be sure to check them out here. You may want to even begin making your wish list in case you are a chosen winner!  And, don’t hesitate to send a shout-out to any and all of our sponsors throughout the week! We will also have a couple of Featured Giveaways that will be run separately than the daily giveaways. Be watching the website for more information during the event!

GOT QUESTIONS?: If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! You are welcome to comment on the site, @ us on Twitter, or post on our Facebook page, or send us a direct email to armchairbea AT gmail DOT com.

Are you ready for another great year of Armchair Book Expo?!? We sure are and cannot wait to share the latest and greatest news with you as well as a multitude of surprises!! Here's to another great year!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE: Who's In For Some InstaFun?!

One week from today, Armchair Book Expo kicks off another year of fun!  And, it would not be the same without our Instagram Challenge!  Mark your calendars and start those creative juices flowing for these awesome daily prompts!

Which day are you most excited for?

Monday, May 22, 2017

INTRODUCTIONS: The Questions Are Now Here!

Armchair Book Expo is quickly approaching, with the big event kicking off next week!!  Can you believe it?!?  With it so close to the big event, we know that many of our participants like to plan ahead, and as usual we want to share our recommended introduction questions with you.  We have listed a number of options for you, but we recommend that you choose 3-5 items to answer.  By keeping it short, it allows participants to visit more links and spread more of the comment love.

For our 2017 event, we have decided to change things up and not actually include questions.  Instead, we have given you a list of prompts and ask you to complete the sentence!  Here ya go . . .

  1. I am . . . 
  2. Currently . . . 
  3. I love . . . 
  4. My favorite . . . 
  5. My least favorite . . . 
  6. My current read . . . 
  7. My summer plans . . . 
  8. My buddy . . . 
  9. My blog/channel/social media . . . 
  10. The best . . . 

We hope you have fun completing these prompts while also introducing yourself!  For the full agenda, check out our Agenda & Schedule page.

Monday, May 15, 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Twitter Parties are Coming!!

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

Wednesday, May 31 @ 8 PM EST:  Introductions & Getting to Know You
Thursday, June 1 @ 12 PM EST:  Diversity Rocks
Friday, June 2 @ 2 PM EST:  Favorite Authors
Saturday, June 3 @ 6 PM EST:  Book Recommendations
Sunday, June 4 @ 9 AM EST:  Wrapping It Up

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?

Monday, May 8, 2017

AGENDA: The 2017 Schedule is Now Live!

Armchair Book Expo 2017 is quickly approaching, so what better time than now to share the official schedule!  Sharing it this early will aid in your planning and early writing if you so desire, but it also allows all of our participants to begin getting excited about what we will be chatting about this year.

We have dual topics for each day.  You may participate in one or the other, or both.  It is your choice!

Without further ado, the schedule!!

Wednesday, May 31

  • Introductions: We will be sharing sample questions in a couple of weeks. 
  • Best Practices in the Online Book Community: Let's talk about our best practices within the book community.  This can range from time management to the use of social media to even ethical obligations. 

Thursday, June 1 

  • What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? How does diversity representation fit into all of this? 
  • Let's Collaborate & Listen: The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)? 

Friday, June 2

  • Delving Into Diversity: Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let's take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g.,, audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial! 
  • Dining With the Authors: Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss? 

Saturday, June 3

  • Giveaways: Today is the day for you to host your very own giveaway to share with other Armchair Book Expo participants.  You choose the prize and you run the giveaway.
  • ISO Books: As readers, we are always looking for our next book to read or a stack to fill our TBR shelves. This is your opportunity to ask using our Armchair Book Expo Book Suggestion Generator (aka YOU!). Are you wanting to expand your horizons with minority characters? Are you in search of your next book club read? Do you want to explore your graphic novel or comic book options? Or, are you looking for a book that broaches a mental health or childhood issue to help you grow in understanding and knowledge in your personal life? YOU ask and YOU answer. 

Sunday, June 4:

Which topic or day are you most excited for this year?

Have you registered yet?  If not, click on over here and fill out our quick form!!