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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Sea Glass Winner and other Bloggy Things

The winner of the signed copy of Sea Glass by Maria N. Snyder is Josephine Walsh.

Congratulations Josephine, you'll be getting an email from me shortly.

Now, time for some other things bloggy things:

Book Blogger Online Conference
I received an email about an online conference for Book Bloggers and Publishers. It is taking place on 19th March - 20th March. It sounds really interesting and I think I'm going to sign up for it.
More information can be found @ http://www.romanceinthebackseat.com/bbpcon.html
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

UK Book Bloggers
I stumbled upon this thanks to Google Alerts. A UK book blogger (adult rather than YA I think, hence I haven't heard of them before) is proposing a get-together of all UK book bloggers. It sounds like fun but I wouldn't want to go unless one of you guys is there to hold my hand. Here is a link to Simon's blog post about it. Not much info just a suggested date. Interested?

Contest News
Aik, the winner of my Ondine contest asked ever so nicely if I would spotlight her latest contest so of course the answer is yes. Hop on over to her blog to win a signed copy of Sing Me to Sleep. The contest is open internationally and you have until 23rd February to enter. I'm not entering contests at the mo because of the numbers of books I have but haven't read.

Beautiful Creatures Taster
The UK release date for Beautiful Creatures is fast approaching. For those of you who have yet to read this fabulous book. Here are the links to the first three chapters:
Chapter 1: http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/view.php?id=1693474&da=y
Chapter 2: http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/view.php?id=1693475&da=y
Chapter 3: http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/view.php?id=1693476&da=y

If you are aged 13 - 18, you also have the chance to vote in this cool poll hosted by Spinebreakers which is an awesome website for teens. They want to know who are your favourite literary couple. Bella and Edward? Romeo and Juliet? My personal choice is Lizzy Bennett and Mr Darcy but I am too old to enter!

Before I Fall Trailer
Another email I received this week asked if I would like to review Before I Fall, I said "oooh yes please" because I had heard such great things from Carla @ The Crooked Shelf and Lauren @ I Was A Teenage Book Geek. I figured that it would take ages for me to read it otherwise because it isn't my usual read. Here is the trailer:

So I think that's everything.
I'd really love to hear your thoughts on the Conference and the UK book blogger meet-up.
Happy Saturday everyone!
The Bookette


The Book Bug said...

Oooooh! Cool things. I saw Beautiful Creatures in a bookshop today. Jealous of Before I Fall. Soo lealous. Not sure I'll go to the Uk blogger meet up, though.

Jo said...

Great post, Becky, thanks for highlighting these things for us!

Firstly, the conference. At first, I thought "Ooooh!" Then I checked out the blog. Being unemployed, there is no way right now I can afford to pay to sit on my sofa at home. Blog Talk Radio is free, Ning is also free, as far as I'm aware, I don't understand why we need to pay. At first I thought it was for the publishers giving u their time for the conference, but they have to pay too. I don't get it. Plus, there is the fact that it's mainly American publishers that are involved from looking at it, and so I don't think it will be hugely helpful to UK bloggers, as a lot of US publishers don't send books internationally.

Now the UK meet up. Another "Ooooh!" If I can, I would go, as long as I know some of the other people who were going. I can't be going to something where I don't know anyone again. That was bad. But I love the idea!

Becky said...

Jo, that is a really important point. I wondered why there is a cost involved but I'm hoping it is to pay for the panelists. I will share anything I learn on The Bookette anyway so you can just get it from here after the event anyway. Maybe I will email Terry and ask what the costs relate to?

As for meeting up, I will go if another blogger goes so maybe you can be my hand holding person? Smiles! I'll send you an email!

Aik said...

Thanks so much for posting about my contest, Becky! I really appreciate your help! Have a great day! :)

Lauren said...

Interesting post. Re: the online conference, I would be much more likely to go to an actual conference. I would absolutely love to go to BEA, but maybe next year.

I'm not sure about the idea of a meet-up either. I mean, in some ways, I would just love to meet up for dinner with the YA bloggers I interact with most - just have a chat, get to see what everyone's like in real life, you know. But then that's not practical for most people, is it? Maybe we should have a free online blogger dinner party. :D

Congrats on the Before I Fall review copy. You'll be glad you said yes, I'm sure of it!

Elie said...

Great post. I will be checking out the online blogging thingy. thanks for sharing the trailer.

brizmus said...

I totally want to read Before I Fall! Cool trailer. And so exciting that Beautiful Creatures is soon to be out in the UK. Maybe I'll try to time my reading of it with that release. :-)
I'm also totally intrigued by this online blogger conference! I might check it out!

Becky said...

The great thing about an online conference is that where ever you are in the world you can participate. Strange that I seem to be one of the few people that got an email. That worries me somewhat. I need to email the organiser and find out a bit more.

Lauren said...

I got an email about the online blogger conference too. Though, I'm kind of weary to join it because I'm worried that it may not be official. So if you could let me know if you find out anything more about it, it'd be great. :)

Also, love the trailer for Before I Fall! It was such a magical book that I hope you like too. Oh, and congrats to Josephine!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

I can't say much about the rest, but YAAAAY for Before I Fall trailer - I loved that book and I'm sure you will too! ;) I can't wait for your review and I'll also be posting both trailers on my blog on Monday! Such an awesome, awesome book!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Congrats, Josephine! And, I received an email about the online conference too though I'm not sure about joining it yet. Sort of on the same boat as Lauren here.

As for Before I Fall, I just received my own copy and I've read some raving reviews about it. I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on it! :D

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Nice updates! Thanks!

PS I heart the Sea Glass UK cover.

Nina said...

The trailer is soooo good! :) I love the cover of the book and it sounds amazing.

Congrats Josephine,happy reading to you.

I Want To Read That said...

Looking forward to hearing what you think of Before I Fall (how jealous am I that you have a copy!). Not sure about the online conference but looking forward to hearing about it if you decide to do it. As for the UK meet up - unfortunately it being a Saturday will rule me out:(

Sarah said...

I'm not too sure about paying for an online conference - I guess if I knew for sure it would be good for UK bloggers not just US ones I might consider it but I'm a bit sceptical!

The UK blogger meet sounds like fun though :o) I'll have to see nearer the time if I can afford it or not but I definitely wouldn't want to go on my own so it would be great if a few of us could meet up in advance & go together!

Love the Before I Fall trailer - I'll be looking forward to your review of that one!!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I got the email about the conference too, Becky. I have to admit I instantly deleted it because I thought it was a US thing. I'd be interested in future developments on that one!

A blog meetup sounds great, though the bloggers I'd most like to meet are definitely the YA ones. I like the sound of Lauren's free online blogger dinner party!

It's great to read all your other news. Enjoy Before I Fall!

prophecygirl said...

The blogger meet up sounds ace, but I don't think I'll be able to get to London again. Hmmm...

Terry Kate said...

Hello All,

When I heard from Becky I searched out this post. I was so excited to hear about the UK concerns and I am very excited to figure out some ways to address international issues. The Conference will give bloggers the opportunity to talk and network with publishers and it is true due to my being in the states the companies I have spoken with are generally in America or Canada.

If you did not receive an email from me about the Conference it is only that I have just started to send emails. All are welcome and I would love to have you join in. Please tell any bloggers you know. There is not a very easy to find contact sheet for the book bloggers working online which is one of the things that the Publishers have been so excited about - blogs attending will be able to profile themselves and their blogs to make the publishers aware. I found a blogger with a really long list of blogs they follow and sent out about 120 emails - which is a drop in the bucket.

As the organizer of this conference and attendee to many others a cost is not unusual. Nor is the charge to publishers attending. Though it is an online event there are a number of things that need to be organized and watched and people to make sure anyone facing technical issues are helped to get those worked out. I am lucky to have been functioning in the publishing world as press for a number of years which has given me a number of contacts which is an awesome asset in bringing in speakers and authors. I really want this to benefit everyone who attends.

As for BEA I confess it is pretty fun but not that exciting - they have been scaling back a great deal year by year - after LA in 2008 they locked themselves into the Javit in NYC then this year moved it to mid-week and cut a day. Last year there were a number of publishers that did not attend including Dorchester and Kensington. There are great giveaways and you do walk out with a ton of books. I have been to the past 3 and this last had even less representation of the publishers by their employees then when they had to travel them to LA, which was pretty interesting.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the Blogging Conference or any others in general - though I have only done the state side ones.

Have a great Sunday,
Terry Kate

Becky said...

Terry, thanks for commenting and thanks for your email. It was so nice of you to search this out and answer our questions.

Terry Kate said...

You brought up a fabulous point about the situation for bloggers in different locations being important to address. I would love to hear more about e-books and if the dealing with epubs is also effected by location.

I heard from an author that it can be difficult to get certain books? Is your readership primarilly UK?
I think there are a lot of issues we do not have too clear a picture on relating to some of these things. I really hope some of your readers will share their thoughts. It is something I am very excited to hear from the publishers about.

Thanks for bringing the Conference up.
Terry Kate