Monday, July 19, 2010

ON BOOKS ~ Networking In Your PJ's...

I love education. I truly do. That is what I majored in. I had intended to teach for a living, before a shortage of jobs got in my way. I enjoy nothing more than learning new things and helping others to experience the light bulb effect whenever new information "clicks" magically for the first time. So whenever I find an opportunity to learn and share, and I don't even have to leave my couch, I am so there.

Our blogger friend Terry Kate is an ambitious lass. She is like a plant that bubbles over from too much water - she is so full of ideas and connections that there just isn't time and space to hold all that she has to offer. I like to lasso her in and hitch a ride on her creative train. Which is now open to all bloggers and authors via the Book Bloggers & Authors Online Conference taking place over the weekend of August 6th and 7th. It is an ambitious and active lineup of panels for your listening pleasure online with the opportunity for call-in questions, forum postings and networking galore.

The goal is to help book bloggers hone their skills and learn how to work better with authors towards the common goal of bringing in the readers. Instead of seeing each other as separate entities, this conference encourages both sides to put their minds together during panel discussions and interactive contributions from registered participants to learn from each other and find better ways to be effective. Topics range from approaching publishers, to interview skills and the art of reviewing. There are also panels designed specifically for bloggers to improve their skills in things like social media and time management.

A selection of committed author panelists are:

  • Supernatural Fiction best seller of "On The Edge" writing team Ilona Andrews
  • Memoirist and author of the new Fiction release "How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly" Connie May Fowler
  • Urban Fantasy writer Stacia Kane of the Chess Putnam series
  • Fiction writer of the Lumby series Gail Fraser

The conference requires a $15 registration fee and provides access online to the forums and panels. If you are interested but not able to listen live due to summer weekend plans, your registration allows you archive access to all of the panels through the end of August at your leisure, as well as continued access to the conference forums which extend throughout the month as well.

I will be there with bells on and strongly encourage you to do the same. I am still reaping the benefits from the last online conference Terry Kate put on back in the Spring. I can't wait for this one and to be a part of her community to plan future installments. Go on over and register - you won't regret it.


kayerj said...

this sounds very interesting . . . but it's the week before my daughter's wedding, I don't think I better put another thing on my plate. I'll follow your posts on the info :)

Anonymous said...

I attended the one in Spring as well, and learned a ton. Looking forward to meeting new bloggers and seeing what else there is to learn from them. Plus, there are going to be more author involvement this time would should be informative. Hope to see you there.


Sandy Nawrot said...

Oh I am SO GLAD Connie was able to participate! I heart that woman. I am amazed that she has so much going on and she still agreed to contribute. I have to get home and check my schedule, but this should work for me!

ds said...

I will have to check this out. Thank you!!!

Malcolm R. Campbell said...

Interesting idea. Thanks for posting something about it.


Margot said...

I just checked out the schedule and there are some things I'm very interested in. With the addition of Gail Fraser, I'm sure this will be fun as well as educational. I haven't made up my mind for sure, but I'm leaning that way. Thanks for telling me about it.

Anonymous said...

It looks like fun, but I am trying to get things off my plate, not add more. You'll have to share your favorite tips with us :)

Molly said...

I definitely consider myself a life long learner and this looks fascinating! I hope that my schedule frees me to participate!

thanks so much for bringing this to my attention.

Beth F said...

Oh this sounds good. I'll have to see if my schedule is clear. I'll likely have to sign up at the last minute.