Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ON BOOKS ~ Community Building...

A few weeks ago, we told you about the above conference being hosted online by Terry Kate of Romance In The Back Seat taking place this weekend. It is a conference jam packed full of panels and discussion forums with publishers, authors and bloggers geared towards bringing in readers - to your blog and to books. Molly will be featured on the panel for Community Building on Saturday afternoon which should be a bit interesting! The complete schedule of events is below. If you register for the conference you can listen and interact with the panels and discuss live in the forums. You will also be able to listen to any archived presentations you couldn't attend live. The cost is $20 and you will also be entered for prize giveaways - including an e-book reader. Click here to register. You will then be e-mailed the access information for the site address.


Forum opens at 11am EST.

Blog Design Wednesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Blog Design is so important so join web designers and bloggers all day as we discuss design. Readers want to return to an enticing and dynamic site so lets discuss what works.
Kendra of Creations by Kendra
Kate of The Neverending Shelf
Phoebe of TAMFA
Sarah of She Never Slept

DAY ONE - Friday 03/19

Forums open 11am - 9pm

Publicity - What Publishers Are Doing (Green Panel 1) - 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Find out about how the Publicity Departments work. What they are doing, and what role online venues are playing in their current work and plans for the future.

Blogger - The Ins and Outs (Blue Panel 1) - 12:00 - 1:00pm EST
Learn more about one of the two most popular blog programs. Listen to opinions and ask your questions in the forum.

Industry Bloggers Share Their Insight (Green Panel 1) - 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Readers and Authors are not the only ones blogging. There are fabulous and informative blogs out there written by Editors, Agents, Book Sellers. Hear what they have to say.

Wordpress - The Debate Continues (Blue Panel 2) - 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
See what bloggers who are working with Wordpress have to say about the free and hosted versions of this blog program.

Special Forum Feature 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Live conversation with Borders Books Romance Buyer Sue Grimshaw. Check out her blog. Read the interview that will be featured and then have your questions ready to go.

What Bloggers/Reviewers Want (Green Panel 3) 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Let's face it, blogging is a time consuming labor of love. What can the Publishers do to make our lives easier? Here is your chance to let them know what YOU think needs improvement.

Site Analytics (Blue Panel 3) 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
This is a key part of running a site. Without feedback it is hard to know what promotion is working and what is not. We will go through the different options you have and what the information means.

The Business of Blogging (Blue Panel 4) 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
The way to millions? Nope. But that does not mean you should be loosing money either. We provide an author and publisher service, see what that means in terms of money. Affiliates, ads, see what other bloggers are doing on their sites.

The Legal Side of Blogging (Blue Panel 5) 7:30pm - 8:00pm EST
See what a lawyer has to say about the new FTC regulations and what they mean to bloggers/reviewers. What are we required to list on our blogs and what is just good practice.

DAY 2 - Saturday 03/20

Forums open 11am - 9pm

Young Adult Publishing and Blogging (Green Panel 1) 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
YA is not just read by teens. So what is coming our way? Hear from this diverse panel of an Editor, Blogger, and Librarian.
Senior Editor, Penguin - Jennifer Bonnell
Blogger - The Neverending Shelf
Bogger/YA librarian - Green Bean Teen Queen

Building Online Community (Blue Panel 1) 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
What activities can make you friends online and bring in steady traffic? Are giveaways effective? Listen to what the panelists have to say about giveaways, and other techniques.
Moderator - Sarah L. Covert of She Never Slept
Panelist - Molly of The Bumbles Blog

Indie Presses (Green Panel 2) 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Who are the Independent Presses and what are they doing? How do they work differently and what are they looking for?

The Art of Reviewing a Book (Blue Panel 2) 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Is there a style or right way to review? Reviewing is an individual activity, but there are tips to help. Here online book reviewers discuss the process as it is for them. How their style evolved and other goodies.

Review Information - What Publishers Want (Green Panel 3) 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Hear what publishers look for when they search your site. What questions do they want answered in a review policy? Find out from them.

Organizing/Planning Your Blog/Site (Blue Panel 3) 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Learn from our mistakes. What planning you can do before you start the blog. Also ways to keep up with demand once your blog gets busy. See what have others done and learned the hard way.


Matty said...

Some of the topic issues do appeal to me, especially the legal issues that I'm sure 99% of bloggers have no clue about.

ds said...

Sounds very interesting & important. But what if you can't "attend" the whole thing? (See why I need stuff like this?)And way to go, Molly!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Molly! So proud of you! I am going to be out of commission Thursday through Sunday, so I can't attend, but I wish you luck. Give us updates on how it goes!

Cindy said...

Hi Molly I am really thinking about taking part in this. It sounds like it will be very interesting and informative. Can you tell i am almost 99.9999% commited to doing it?

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

This looks so good. I'd love to participate but I'll be out of town with little access to my laptop. I hope you'll share (in future posts) about your key learnings. Good luck on your participation. I'm sure you'll be a star.

Beth F said...

Good luck and how cool.