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Today's topic is all about networking and how we make connections outside of the blog into the literary world.
As someone who has only been blogging just over 2 months, I really don't have a whole lot to add on this topic. Yet. I am extremely shy in nature and don't usually put myself out there is social settings all that much, unless I am extremely comfortable with the place and people. This is probably why I enjoy meeting people online though book communities and social sites like Twitter. I am really hoping to start branching out more into the book community though!
Since I started my blog, I have been looking up information on local events or anything that pertains to young adult books in my area that I can become a part of. Unfortunately, there is not much. Total bummer. BUT... I did discover something spectacular, The Rochester Teen Book Festival! YA authors, HERE! I think I did a jig when I discovered this event! There was about 30 authors who attended this year. They had author sessions where we got to hear them talk about their books, as well as book signings. I was able to hear amazing authors like Cat Patrick and Laurie Halse Anderson talk about their inspirations and writing process, which was a lot of fun. I was also able to have them sign books as well as a few other authors. I talk about this event in more detail HERE and HERE, if you are interested in hearing more about my time at this event! The best news was this is an annual event that seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year! The next one is not until May but I already saw a few authors listed to attend next year and about passed out when I saw Lauren DeStefano's name! I had just started blogging when I went, so I didn't know any other bloggers who might have been there, but hopefully for next year I will! Only 11 months to go! :)
I have also recently emailed an indie bookstore I used to visit regularly as a kid to see if they have, or are interested in having, a book club for Young Adult books. I don't believe they have one yet so I am really hoping this might be something they are interested in starting up, if not this summer, hopefully in the future. They are well known for children's books as well as textbooks, since it is a college town, so I think this would be great!
As far as any advice, I really don't have any to give but I am definitely looking for some! I am excited to hear what everyone else does, as far as networking out in the real world. Please leave a link if you got one to your post!
**While I was at The Rochester Teen Book Festival this year, I was able to pick up an extra copy of SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson and have her SIGN it to give away on the blog. The link to that is HERE if anyone is interested in entering. It ends at midnight, so hurry!**