Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Armchair BEA - Day 3: Networking...In Real Life?!

Day 3 Topic: Share a positive "real life" experience with books! Either by way of partnerships in your community, a book signing you went to, or possibly even to a get together with fellow book bloggers.

This is definitely one of the areas in which I know my blog is lacking compared to a lot of the others out there. In addition to my lack of giveaways, I also don't have that many partnerships or connections with other bloggers (hence one of the reasons I've decided to participate in Armchair BEA this year!).

That's not to say that I'm completely out of the loop, just largely. Almost all of the book events I have gone to have been via Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois - this is by far my favorite independent bookstore, and if you're ever in the Chicagoland area, I couldn't possibly recommend it more highly. It is through Anderson's that I've gotten to meet some great authors who I truly admire as well as some amazing book bloggers who are more awesome than me in pretty much every way. In the signing lines and in the crowds waiting for the events to start is where I have made most of these connections, and I'm truly grateful for them all! To read more about the fantastic women I'm talking about, check out my post all about them here.

I also encourage you to check out the links to their blogs and Twitter feeds, too. You won't be disappointed.

Erin Brambilla: Blog - Twitter
Jen (Dream Reads): Blog - Twitter
Jacinda: Blog - Twitter
Laci Crawford: Blog - Twitter
Lynn Spinks: Blog - Twitter
Liza Wiemer: Blog - Twitter

So that's it from me for Day 3 of Armchair BEA. Comments welcome, and happy blogging!


  1. Thank you, Monica.

    I'm flattered by your words! *blog blushes* at being called fantastic.

    And I'm out of loop when it comes to book events/signings. There are barely none in my city/area and my hope is that I can go to some and meet fellow book bloggers and the authors I look up to, as well.

    1. Thanks, Jen! You deserve it - you run a fabulous blog and I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true. =)

  2. Aw, look! I saw your link on Twitter and I'm in this post :). Thanks!! I think you're awesome, too!

    I love Anderson's so, so much! It's a gold mine of author events and I've met such great people there.

    1. Thanks, Erin! I know your blog isn't strictly book-related, but it still makes me smile and think and everyone should be reading it in my humble opinion. =)

  3. Thank you so much for including me! I will be posting about my experience at the BEA on when I get home and will be having a giveaway for some books. Looking forward to sharing with you! Thanks again. :-D

    1. Hey Liza! Can't wait to hear all about your BEA adventures (not to mention shamelessly enter your giveaways hehe). See you next week at Fierce Reads!