So there are a LOT of book bloggers going to BEA this weekend. They are going to meet up with other book bloggers and publishing people, attending (and participating in!) panels on the book industry, and finding out about great new books being published soon. I am very jealous. Don’t get me wrong, I hope that all of them have an AWESOME time, I just wish that I could be there too. I would be, too, if I weren’t 38 weeks pregnant, which makes flying to New York not very practical.
Just because we aren’t going to BEA, though, doesn’t mean that we can’t do some of the same things our book blogging friends are doing at BEA. Rebecca of The Book Lady’s Blog is already taking care of the social aspect for us with the BEA Twitty Party she is hosting on Twitter Friday evening for those not attending BEA. There’s still time to sign up, by the way, so join the party!
If you’re interested in the panels discussing the book industry, you can check out Blog Talk Radio. I’m not sure how many panels will be available on BTR, but one most definitely will be: the book blogger panel, which will air at 1pm Eastern on Saturday. Some of my favorite bloggers will be on, so I’ll definitely be checking in.
Okay, so that’s the social aspect and the panel aspect taken care of. What’s still missing? The book aspect!
Well, today we came up with a plan to solve that, we’re calling it “No BEA? Books Anyway!” We book bloggers want to do our own part to support the publishing industry, so I am encouraging each of you to go out over this BEA time, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and acquire some books. Get them from a Friends of the Library sale, a used bookstore, an indie, a big box store, order them online, whatever. After you’ve acquired your books, post about it on your blog (if you don’t have a blog, you can leave it in my comments). In your post, I’d love it if you would highlight the one book you are most excited about, and maybe even your favorite book you’ve read recently. The point of this isn’t just to go out and get more books (although that’s a definite plus), but to highlight some great books, just like there will be great books highlighted at BEA.