Posts Tagged: armchair bea

Jun 02

Armchair BEA: Wrap Up!

After a whirlwind week, Armchair BEA wraps up! I’ve had a blast getting to know other bloggers and of course visiting them! I have a bunch of comments to respond to and will hopefully get to those later in the day. Genre Features: Oh man! I loved seeing everyone’s recommendations. I particularly enjoyed genre fiction as well as non-fiction. The classics discussion were nice because I got to say hello to a few old friends I’d forgotten about and of course say hello a few I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t yet. Blogger Development & Ethics: I loved these discussions and everyone’s input. A common theme was plagiarism and not to do it! There was a lot of discussion regarding negative reviews and how to handle them. Plus there… Read more »

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Jun 01

Armchair BEA: Day 5-Keeping It Real, Fresh, and Fun

Today’s topic is all about keeping our blog fresh with new ideas and how some of us prevent burnout. With so many blogs reviewing the same books or interviewing the same authors, I like to do a things a little differently. For author interviews, I like to read an author’s book and ask questions about the plot, characters, etc. You’ll also see a lightning round at the end-the number of questions asked, 7 plays homage to the ex-blog I was part of and it’s my way of honoring them even if they refuse to acknowledge me. Lightning round questions are just short this or that questions such as, cake or pie. As for reviews, I probably analyze a book more than your average reader. I have a formula of sorts…. Read more »

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Jun 01

Armchair BEA: Day 5-Children’s Literature & YA

My parents and family members have wondered for years where I get the reading genre from. I don’t come from a family of readers on both sides and I’m the only one that has a book with her all the time. I’m blessed that my parents nurtured my love despite driving them crazy with constant trips to the library. My parents were teenagers when they had me (they were married at 16/17 and I came a little over a year of their marriage. They are still married!) and there wasn’t much money. I use to spend evenings in the library at the University of El Paso while my dad met with his study groups. I remember, a few students in his group complaining because they had to study in an… Read more »

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May 31

Armchair BEA: Day 4-Ethics & Non-Fiction

Today’s topic is ethics and it’s one that is important regardless of what type of blogger you are. I’m finding it difficult to voice my opinion on this and I apologize if my thoughts jump from place to place. I haven’t dealt with plagiarism yet, but I’ve had a review or two show up at another blog without credit. Usually a quick note, asking for a link back works. I am aware of a blog that currently has one of my reviews up despite me asking them a million times to take it down and they copied word for word my policies and request for review page. I’m at the point where I just try to ignore they exist, but it’s annoying (especially since they have a little over 8k… Read more »

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May 30

Armchair BEA: Day 3-Literary Fiction

(credit: © Tom Gauld) Everyone defines literary fiction differently and I’m not going to get into the whole academic argument of what it is. When I think about lit fiction, I think about books in a bookstore that can’t be shelved in particular areas. Take for example, if you were come to across Colleen Hoover’s Slammed at your local Barnes & Noble store, it’s located in the romance section. If you look at Twilight, it’s shelved in the YA section or Harry Potter is in the children’s section. And yet, when you look for let’s say Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander it’s not in the romance section, it’s in the general fiction area. This is why several classic books such as To Kill a Mockingbird are shelved as lit fiction when I… Read more »

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May 30

Armchair BEA: Giveaway Day!

Well the plus side to not attending BEA is not having to make arrangements for all the books attendees gather. Okay, I realize that for some that’s not a plus. I have decided to give away 2 paperback copies with signed bookplates of Tammara Webber’s Easy. It’s open international as long as The Book Depository ships to where you live (check here). Please note-if you are outside the US/Canada the bookplate will arrive separately from the book. Synopsis: He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior… The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart. Only together could they fight the… Read more »

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May 29

Armchair BEA: Day 2-Genre Fiction

Today’s topic is genre fiction and I’ve encountered a few people who look down at those who read (insert genre). I’m not sure why since I’m all for anyone reading no matter what it is. I review a variety of genres here at Literary, etc. My favorites though are historical romance and mystery (suspense / thrillers included). I’ve always been a mystery fan. I was the weird girl reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at age of 12 when I ran out of Nancy Drew books to read (I grew up in town with a population of less than 2,000). There’s something thrilling about solving the mystery alongside our lead detective. I get a rush of excitement and then comes the big reveal…was I right or wrong? Some mysteries throw me… Read more »

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May 29

Armchair BEA: Day 2-Blogger Development

Blogger development is difficult when you are starting out on your own. As I mentioned in my Armchair BEA intro, I was part of a multi-member blogging team with an extensive network. In the four months I was a member, they had a little over 5,000 followers (Twitter, FB, email subscribers combined). I formed several close relationships with some followers, but when I left, I had no one to turn to. A few that I spoke to afterwards didn’t end up following me to Lit, etc despite their enthusiasm and encouragement to keep blogging. So here I was in January of this year and decided to start forming connections by commenting at other start up blogs in hopes of growing a network. The plan failed primarily because newbie bloggers already… Read more »

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May 27

Armchair BEA 2013: Introduction

I really wish I was in NYC with my fellow bloggers who are attending BEA (Book Expo America), but alas I can’t be and I’m more than happy to be a part of Armchair BEA! BEA for those who don’t know is the largest book trade fair in North America. Publishers, industry experts, and authors along with book buyers, librarians, and bloggers also attend the event. It’s a great opportunity to showcase upcoming book titles, talk trends, and for some sell and buy international rights. BEA really is the event of the year for those in publishing. Armchair BEA coincides with BEA and those of us who cannot attend will be participating all week in various virtual events. To kickoff Armchair BEA, we have an introduction post! 🙂 Q. Please… Read more »

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