Nurturing Relationships: Armchair BEA

Dearest Readers,

Today's Armchair BEA post is about relationships with bloggers and within the blogging community. I have something to say about this (hence the post). The first thing I want to say is don't be afraid to fall in love with people who love books too. I have had the wonderful opportunity to make lovely friends from my blog and through twitter. Susan from Wastepaper Prose and Meaghan from A Book Worm's Haven are two of my favorite peope in the entire world and I consider them two of my very best friends, I love them both dearly. I have other wonderful freinds I spent time with at BEA last year such as Heather from 30+ Books, Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit, and April from Good Books and Wine. I adore so many others, others I can't possibly start to list. The point is that we all have one thing in common, we love books, it makes for instant friendships and conversation. I have very different tastes than every single on of the ladies listed above but that is totally ok, we all love books. DONE.

On that note, AUTHORS, authors have made me feel like my blog, and myself, is loved and cherished and I appreciate that. Continue to buy books, that is how to show an author you love them.

Stay in touch, always send review links to your publicist, it will keep you in thier mind. Always respond to emails, let them know if a book isn't your thing, they would prefer to not send you a book if you aren't even going to open it. I am horrible at this I will admit but I am trying to reform and be very connected these days. Sadly many publicists go in and out of publishers so you will find yourself introduced to a new one sometimes.

Finally, my biggest pet peeve of all time. DO NOT SELL YOUR ARCs. These are entrusted to us! I see no problem sharing them, giving them away (after publication or with publisher approval before), or swapping them for others but don't sell them, that makes up bloggers look horrible and hinders the professional relationship so many of us are trying to keep strong.

Thank you all for bearing with me and reading my thoughts. I appreciate you.

Copyright The Bibliophilic Book Blog 2009-2010

10 comments:

  1. The book blogosphere is a great way to meet like-minded people even if you don't get to meet them in person. I love talking about the books that I love with my blogging buddies and that's why I decided to write about them for today's ArmchairBEA post.

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  2. Great post! I'm already following some of those fantastic bloggers you mentioned and will definitely be checking out the others!

    I totally agree with you about the selling of ARC's. Most, if not all, strictly state "NOT for resale" somewhere on the or inside the book anyway. I've sometimes given my ARC's away or else kept them, but selling is not even an option. Not cool that some people do :/

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  3. Great advice.

    I have never sold an ARC because its just wrong and since I live in an area where there isn't alot of bloggers I always worried that it could be traced back to me so I have either kept my ARCs or passed them on to my local bloggers or other bloggers.

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  4. You're right, publicists seem to change jobs a lot. I've found anyway. Great post!

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  5. I completely agree abut not selling ARCs! So important.

    Also, I have seen in a lot of ARCs I have received that the publisher requests 2 copies of the review MAILED to them. Do you generally post the copies to them in the mail or do you just email them a link? Thanks!

    Here is my post on book blogging relationships!

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  6. I am shying away from taking ARCs because I just can't commit to all the extra work that goes with them.

    Rather than talk about bookstores, publishers or bloggers, I'm talking about volunteering. Come see what I mean.

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  7. Great post and I agree Respect the ARC. I love building relationships with other book bloggers since even despite my many failed attempts my non blogger friends are not big readers. This community gives me the opportunity to gush about books without sounding completely crazy.

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  8. @Kaityln I think the two copy thing is mainly for publications. I usually just send the publicist I was in contact with or on the press release the link once the review goes live.

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  9. Great post! I definitely agree with not selling ARCs. Talk about burning bridges.

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