Decisions, Decisions

Have you heard about the Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference? Here are the details:

The Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference is being held April 13-17 and we are very excited to have some fabulous publishers involved and to be offering thirty audio panels, numerous forums, and chat rooms. The best part is you can attend from the comfort of your home!

We will be giving away books to all bloggers and reviewers attending and all the panels are recorded so that if you miss any live you have a month to catch up. Learn how to work with publishers and get review copies, where you can attend live events, what other bloggers are doing to promote their blogs, and gain a better understanding of how the industry works.

Publishers Participating
Simon & Schuster, Penguin USA, Bloomsbury, Sourcebooks, Bell Bridge Books, Egmont, The Wild Rose Press, MLR, Lyrical Press, Breathless Press, Ravenous Romance, Dreamspinner Press, Dark Castle Lords, and 15 more.

Registration is $45 for 5 days - Depending on Genre You will receive more than the price of admittance in free books - Shipping of $7 or under may be added for the shipping on the large print giveaways. If money is an issue please email us and see about helping with the conference in exchange for attending.

I am intrigued, but still on the fence about it (forty-five bucks would buy a lot of books). I'm not technically a book blogger, but there do seem to be some really interesting discussions lined up including:

Is YA White Washed? Are the characters in Young Adult novels realistic? Are the themes bland or do they push the limit on what is acceptable?

YA Blogging Over 30? 40? 50?

Self Publishing is Changing - What do we think?

Promoting Your Blog

Blogger Burnout and How To Conquer It

And, let's face it, I'm a giveaway whore. Any chance to win free books is hard for me to pass up.

How about you? Have you ever been to a conference that was slightly outside your ideal fit?


Summer Ross said...

I have been to no conferences- so really I couldn't judge. I have been to festivals where I sat in a room at my college with a published Wyoming author and hashed out stories, they had panels and discussions too. but that's as far as it has gone and it is really small.

Old Kitty said...

I've never been to a book conference! This one sounds like it's gonna be lively with lots of hot publishing topics for debate!! If you do go, I hope you enjoy it!!!

Take care

Rogue Mutt said...

You should know I don't pay attention to any of these giveaways, blogfests, etc. I'm too busy doing important stuff like getting my ass kicked at Grand Slam Tennis on the Wii.

Cherie Reich said...

My friend is one of the ones putting together the conference. It should be really good, but I haven't even paid yet. *blushes* I've been in on some of the planning, so I can say it'll be good, although I haven't been to an online conference before. I guess I'm on the fence, too, but I'm leaning more towards going than not.

Shari said...

I haven't attended an online conference, but I have to admit I am intrigued by this one. I will have to check it out.

Kari Marie said...

This looks intriguing. I haven't done a conference-online or in person. I guess if it doesn't end up being good, you will get books out of it. Seems a worthwhile risk.

erica and christy said...

I've only done writeoncon. I'm attending my first real live writing conference next weekend, though! Right now I'm visiting Barnes and Noble and reading when i can, but mostly my focus is writing. So I'll be saving my money for those kinds of conferences! Best of luck with your decision! christy

Lisa Potts said...

Summer, that sounds cozy and wonderful.

Kitty, the topics do sound fun, don't they?

RM, I suck at Wii tennis. Remind me never to challenge you for ultimate control of the universe.

Cherie, thanks for letting me in on some "inside" info.

Shari, WriteOnCon.com is a great online conference I attended last year and will be again this year. Plus it's free! You should definitely check it out.

Kari, you're probably right. New books make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Christy, that sounds like a blast. I hope you're planning on giving us all the details on your blog.

Heather Hellmann said...

I would love to attend a conference some day.

Madeleine said...

I like the sound of that. I'd love to attend too someday look forward to hearing how you get on :O)

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