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.
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