This is an excellent concept because it allows bloggers, authors and publishers from everywhere to join in without the cost of travel. If you're a new book blogger, you definitely want to check it out. Not only will you get a load of great information, but also connect with lots of fellow book geeks. Even though I've been around for awhile, I'm still feeling my way through the book blogging universe. I'm always exploring what works, what doesn't and how I can make my site interesting and grow. And, just like any conference, attendees get to leave with a book bag of goodies. Many publishers are offering up books both in print and ebook. Some titles are already listed, so give it a gander.
Here are just a few of the panels I'm looking forward to attending:
- What Publishers Look For in a Blog - find out what publishers want to see in a review site.
- Self Publishing is Changing - What do we think? Why authors are choosing it and how self-publishing works. With the changing technology, as reviewers, are we more willing to review these titles?
- Promoting Your Site - Discussion on both passive and active marketing ideas.
- How to Help Authors Give Us What We Want
What I'm looking forward to discussing:Self-Publishing (that title is so last year!) has evolved to INDEPENDENT "Indie" Publishing:
I've voiced my opinion on several occasions regarding this particular topic and will continue to support this division of the book world. I don't discriminate between traditional or independent authors, publishers and books. I strongly believe both can peacefully and should rightfully exist in the market. At times, I've been a bit irked by the snobbery in the blogging, author and reviewing world. I'm most curious to see if the industry prejudice and opinion has evolved over the past year. I'm not a big fan of using the 'self-publishing' label because a great deal of effort and people actually are involved in publishing a book -- there is rarely a 'self.' I prefer to use the term, 'independent publishing,' because many authors are now hiring freelance editors, proof-readers, co-authors, marketing companies ect., but do not have a contact tied to a specific house.