Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Armchair BEA

What's Armchair BEA you ask? Well, straight from their website, "If you're a book blogger who can't attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York this June (June 4 - 8, 2012), you don't have to miss all the fun - this virtual convention is the place to be!"

And since I'm totally jealous of my agent-mate Taryn Albright -- I signed up to participate again this year. You can choose your level of involvement--from giveaways, to interviews, to vlogs, to just watching and/or commenting.

Today, we are talking about networking. Live networking. How do I network?

Well, I started coordinating meetups in my local area a year ago. I've met some great fellow writers that way. The next one will be in July -- stay tuned if you live in the Metro West Boston area, we'd love to see you!

I also volunteer at the SCBWI regional level (New England). In fact, for 2013, I'm the co chair. GREAT way to meet writers, agents, and editors.

Also, I try to introduce myself to librarians, booksellers, and readers whenever I can. I've started running workshops for kids and adults about writing, but that's still sort of new.

How do you network in person?


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Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Meet ups are really the best. I haven't gone to an actual organized meet up - usually just arrived early at a book signing or something like that... but it is just easy fun where everyone already has something big in common!

Johanna said...

That is awesome networking. I'm so jealous! I want to meet more writer too!

My entry to the ArmchairBEA topic networking

Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit said...

Coordinating a meet-up is a great idea!!

So is volunteering at events.

Both going on my To-Do list

West Virginia Red said...

I am jealous of the bloggers I have read about in larger areas then mine, but have gotten some excellent ideas. Meetups are now on my list of things to explore.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Definitely volunteering to help anywhere is a great way to make relationships grow! It breaks the ice right from the start.

Lydia said...

Now you are making me wish I lived in Boston! Great job getting all of the meetups working - I wish I could manage to get something started here - but small towns stink that way =(

Matthew MacNish said...

I'll be in Boston next month! Sending you an email.

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I would e interested in how you got involved with doing workshops. What you do. I would love to partner with my local library.

.Ambur. said...

It was very proactive of you to coordinate meetups yourself. :) I've never done anything like that, but it would definitely be a way to guarantee that you won't miss it. ;)

And introducing yourself is always a great idea. I should do that more often. I do that sometimes, but I definitely could do it more. :)

Thanks for sharing a bit of your Networking experience with us. :)
My Armchair BEA Networking Post

The Housework Can Wait said...

This whole "introducing yourself" thing sounds so much easier than it practice, my mouth always manages to fill up with sand and my feet go numb. But I'm working on it!

You sound like you're really involved, which is awesome!

Thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Networking Post!

Jenni Elyse said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. That's awesome that you started scheduling meetups. That's how our area got started with blogger get togethers and now we've grown to something huge! It just takes one person to get the ball rolling.