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Monday, 8 March 2010

Book Bloggers Online Conference (more info for you)

I had an update email from Terry about the online conference. I can't believe it is next weekend (19th and 20th)! Exciting!

Here is the info about the sessions and panelists:

What Bloggers are Looking for From Publishers

Are Publishers providing easy access to information? What are we looking for and what would help a blogger be more effective with their time.
- Doug from The SciFiGuy Blog -

YA Publishing and Blogging
Jennifer Bonnell Senior Editor Penguin
Blogger - The Neverending Shelf - http://www.theneverendingshelf.com/ (Yay! Go Kate!)
Blogger/YA librarian - Green Bean Teen Queen - http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.com/

Standardizing Review Practices/ Legal End of Blogging

What information is important to Publishers when considering review sites?
The Wild Rose Press Review Co-Ordinator Lisa Dawn
FTC Laws and what they mean to Bloggers and Reviewers
Presented by lawyer Bruce Miller

Building Online Community
Mary T. McCarthy - Professional Writer Blog Owner: Pajamas and Coffee
Molly - The Bumbles Blog

Cover Art - What Bloggers Want to See and Post
How important are covers to bloggers? Do Publishers agree?
- Renee Rocco Publisher of Lyrical Press
- Cover Artist Kendra of Creations by Kendra - http://www.creationsbykendra.com/

Reaching Out to Readers - Live Events
All the info about the conference can be found at: http://www.romanceinthebackseat.com/bbpcon.html
Now I have my part to play. Terry has asked me to put together a list of questions that UK bloggers would like to be answered by UK publishers. He has publishing people who are interested in working with us which is very nice indeed.
Are you a new or established blogger?  Experienced or a novice? Have a question that you would like answered related to British book blogging? Let me know in the comments or email me if you're really shy and we'll get you those answers!
The Bookette


Kate said...

Yay for your involvement! This should be a really fun event. Are you going to be there?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I'll be there :D

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This is great and I feel like I just crawled out of the hole that Alice In Wonderland fell into....

I haven't heard about this. How does it work? I am excited and I dont know why..... :)

Sasha said...

I wish I could take part but I'm away this weekend *sob* x Have fun though :)

Becky said...

Yep, I'm all signed up Kate. Although as I'm not in the US, I might not be at all the sessions but I'm going to try my best.

Yay! Juju! See you there.

Sheila, it is all online and managed over a Ning network and blog talk radio. Check out the conference website for much better clearer explanations.

Sasha, I totally fluffed it earlier. The conference is on 19th and 20th March so hope you can make it but if not and you have a question, just let me know and I'll get you an answer.

Sarah said...

I think this is going to be really interesting & I'm looking forward to seeing what you find out Becky! I'm sure I should have loads of questions for you to ask but my mind has gone completely blank LOL. I'll come back if I can think of any but I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job anyway :o)

I Want To Read That said...

Yep my mind has gone completely blank on the question front! Hope you enjoy it and look forward to hearing all about it:)

Luisa at Chicklish said...

This is all so interesting, Becky! Thank you for sharing it.

I have a question, but I'm not sure if it's the kind of question you mean? I'll write it down anyway, and you can see whether you think it's relevant or not, perhaps?

What do publishers expect from bloggers? Would they rather see a negative review, or no review at all if that review was going to be negative? I hope that makes sense! Basically, I'm wondering whether they think "all publicity is good publicity", or whether too many negative reviews on a blog would put them off. (This is just out of genuine curiosity!)

Becky said...

Thanks Luisa. I will definitely pose your question. I've been wondering about this myself.

farmlanebooks said...

I'm a UK book blogger and could ask publishers questions all day! Publishers seem to vary wildly in their approach to book bloggers. Some seem to love us and others almost ignore us.

I find publishers very confusing to deal with. There seem to so many different departments within each publishing house that it is really hard to know who to contact. I find most publishers to have poor websites (no easy way to see which books have recently been published or due to be published soon and I even found one with no email address, only a phone number for contact)

I'd like to know when it is acceptable to request a book from them. How far in advance should you request a book? Can you ever request books after they've been published?

What do they look for in a book blog? How many hits do they like to see each month? Do they care about comment numbers? Google ranking? Do they even look at factors like that, or just send books to anyone that enquires?

How do they look for book blogs? Do they look for book blogs or just rely on bloggers contacting them?

I have lots more questions - perhaps I'll come back later to add some more!

Becky said...

Oh wow, they are some fab questions! I will certainly add them all to my list.
I once asked a publisher who invited me to review a book how they found my blog. I was delighted that they answered me. They said they just searched YA book blogs and clicked through to mine. They said it looked "visually appealing" so they emailed me. Also I think a lot of being asked to review something is word of mouth. For example, if I am asked to review something and I don't want to because it is not of interest, I always recommend other bloggers who I think the book would appeal to. I know other people have recommended me to publishers too. But I shall ask all these questions and hopefully we shall get a much more articulate response and maybe from more than one publisher.

Artystitches said...

Thank you for this post, i am a UK book blogger and have found that if i wanted to review books for publishers i would not know where to start. it seems to be alot easier on the U.S

I like to review books that i buy or borrow but it would be nice to review some books for publishers to read something new to me and report back on it.

Would love some feedback on this subject as i am a sure a lot of other UK book bloggers would to.



farmlanebooks said...

I think you're right about it being mainly word of mouth. They don't seem to know much about the blogging world and so that is the best way for them to find new blogs. Shame because it means some fantastic ones can be ignored.