Networking in Real Life
I usually network through blogging and connection with all the bloggers in the community. I have never been to a signing or actually met any authors YET. I know its sad, but I still like talking to all the authors on twitter or through e-mail! I love connecting with publishers because they are amazing people who do amazing things with their jobs as well as connecting with us, some have even become friends with blogger, which I find awesome! Networking is the key to success with book blogging , once you get to know the community you are set!
What I love about networking is the experiences of designing a blog and having an opinion with other bloggers about similar books that we both like. A lot of people go to signing which major authors go to, I have only went to smaller ones with small authors when I was a kid. Getting a signed book to me is like a surprise because its still a connection with the author. I remember participating in auctions for books for relief fund and winning some of the auctions. I met new bloggers and entered many giveaways which also turned into a friendship with bloggers. If anyone starts a blog I recommend starting with goodreads and post your reviews, comment on other bloggers blogs, join twitter which is a good one because you can connect with authors and your peers. I live in a small city in Ontario, no authors come here except once we had Robert Munch who I didnt meet but I would love to connect with some of the students who are interested in the same genre of books as me to talk about books. BEA does a great job with networking with everyone as well as Armchair BEA because as a community we interact. I Love being a blogger and will hopefully someday go to BEA and meet amazing authors that I love!! Enjoy Armchair BEA!! Remember to also be yourself and have fun when blogging!