BEA Bloggers Conference

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BEA Blogger Conference

BEA Bloggers Conference 2016

Wednesday, May 11,  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(Registration and Badge Pick up begins at 8:00 AM)
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Welcome to the 2016 BEA Bloggers Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

The BEA Blogger Conference is an dynamic day of learning and networking with fellow bloggers and book industry experts. Featuring expert speakers talking about today’s most critical trends in blogging, it’s the best place for you to learn and exchange ideas that will help your blogging profession. Plus, it’s an ideal forum for you to network with your peers in the Blogger space to gather and make key connections.

The BEA Blogger Conference attendees represent an array of professionals from many areas of the Publishing industry and in the mainstream Blogger world.

Attendees include:

  • life style blogger’s
  • reviewers
  • editors
  • podcasters
  • vloggers
  • agents
  • authors
  • publicists
  • and more!

Sneak Peek of 2016 BEA Bloggers Conference Highlights

  • Networking Breakfast to kick off the day
  • Keynote Panel with industry experts discussing the most current topics effecting bloggers today
  • Morning sessions with industry experts addressing topics most important to novice and experienced bloggers
  • Networking Lunch – great  opportunity to meet your peers, discuss hot table topics and enjoy some exciting raffle giveaways
  • Afternoon workshop style sessions
  • End of the day Blogger Celebration with beer, popcorn, raffles  and giveaways!

 

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2016 Conference Advisory Board

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2016 Blogger Directory

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Nina Amir

Nina Amir for BEA Book Bloggers

Nina Amir, the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, is a speaker, a blogger, and an author, book, and blog-to-book coach. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. As a hybrid author she has published 15 books and had as many as four books on the Amazon Top 100 list at the same time.

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Rachel Lodi

Rachel Lodi for BEA Book Bloggers

Rachel Lodi is a Digital Associate Publicist at Penguin Young Readers. She handles all blogger communications on books for young adult, middle grade, and picture book readers. She has worked on books such as The Rose Society, An Ember in the Ashes, The Day Crayons Came Home, and Circus Mirandus. Previously, she worked in the marketing department at Macmillan and in editorial departments at Scholastic and Pearson Learning Solutions.

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Anna Billings

Anna Billings for BEA Book Bloggers

Anna is a children’s specialist and the events coordinator for Not Your Mother’s Book Club, the teen author salon for Books Inc., the largest independent bookstore chain in the West. She blogged at Literary Exploration for three years and you can find her on Twitter at @LiteraryAnna.

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Mandy Boles

Mandy Boles for BEA Book Bloggers

Mandy Boles writes about books, life and everything in between on her blog Mandy Boles: Life Between Books (MandyBoles.com). Known as much for her frank discussion of her personal life as she is for her eclectic taste in literature, Mandy has found her audience one post at a time. Mandy has writing credits across the web and she regularly contributes reviews to the print publication RT Book Reviews. When Mandy isn't writing or reading, she speaks at conferences across the U.S. about about various blogging and social media topics. Mandy is currently working on her first book, a memoir and resides in Biloxi, MS with her husband and their two sons.

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Thea James

Thea James for BEA Book Bloggers

Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers, a speculative fiction book review blog and digital short story publisher. By day, she oversees digital operations and strategy at Workman Publishing. When she isn't voraciously devouring the latest and greatest in scifi and fantasy, she can be found blogging over at Kirkus.

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Jane Litte

Jane Litte for BEA Book Bloggers

Jane Litte runs the popular romance review site, DearAuthor.com. It is a site that is peopled with voracious readers, authors, editors, and agents within the romance community. Jane was named as one of Forbes top 10 influencers in books and social media. Harlequin called Dear Author "one of the most respected romance sites in the blogosphere.”

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Rachel Rivera

Rachel Rivera for BEA Book Bloggers

Bio coming soon.

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Florinda Pendley Vasquez

Florinda Pendley Vasquez for BEA Book Bloggers

Florinda Pendley Vasquez works with numbers, not words, as Controller for a social-services nonprofit in Los Angeles, California, but who wants to blog about accounting? Not her, which is why this lifelong reader and veteran blogger has been talking about books at The 3 R's Blog: Reading, 'Riting and Randomness since March 2007. The "randomness" extends to popular culture, travel, family, life, and commentary on issues and experiences both major (sometimes) and minor (all too often), but "reading" is the first "R" in her blog's title for a good reason. Florinda is also a contributing reviewer for Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is serving for a second year as an Advisory Board member for the BEA Bloggers Conference.

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Pam van Hylckama Vlieg

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg for BEA Book Bloggers

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg has been blogging at Bookalicious for six years. She used her blog to obtain a career in book publishing. She now works as a literary agent at D4EO Literary. There's nothing she loves more than a good book and a hot cup of tea. You can reach her online on Twitter: @BookaliciousPam

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Patty Anker

Patty Chang Anker is the author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave which Oprah.com calls "Downright inspiring," is a Parents Magazine "Mom Must Read" and Books for a Better Life Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in O Magazine, Dr Oz The Good Life, WallStreetJournal.com and NPR, org. She blogs regularly for PsychologyToday.com's anxiety section and was named a Good Housekeeping "Blogger We Love" for her own blog, Facing Forty Upside Down which she started when she realized approaching 40 that she was tired of living life as a chicken and started facing her fears and helping others to do the same. When Patty is not speaking (TEDx Talk: "Warning: Leaving Comfort Zone. Things Could Get Exciting.") or leading workshops she can be found chasing her two daughters across Westchester County. @PattyChangAnker www.pattychanganker.com

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Ron Hogan

Ron Hogan helped create the literary Internet by launching Beatrice.com in 1995, and then turned it into a book blog eight years later. He maintains an active presence in New York City's literary scene, hosting and curating events that introduce readers to great writers, like Lady Jane's Salon, the city's first monthly reading series dedicated to romance fiction. He has also been a senior Editor for GalleyCat, a contributing editor at Shelf Awareness, and has written for all sorts of other places, from Tor.com to The Daily Beast. Most recently, he became an acquiring editor at Regan Arts.

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Brittany Kaback

Big Honcho Media

Brittany Kaback, is the Digital Marketing Manager of Big Honcho Media, a boutique marketing and PR agency based in New York City. Brittany oversees all Book campaigns for Big Honcho, connecting publishers and bloggers to spread awareness and build excitement for new releases. Big Honcho’s client list includes Scholastic, Penguin, Disney Book Group and more. She works with hundreds of bloggers from the book community and beyond to develop unique and engaging content for a variety of releases ranging from children’s to adult, romance to horror, and everything in-between.

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Ashley Evans

Ashley Evans for BEA Book Bloggers

Ashley Evans is a blogger and web developer at Nose Graze, specializing in WordPress domination. Everything she publishes is focused on sharing knowledge and helping other bloggers rock the online world. Ashley started her own business straight out of school creating products for book bloggers, including the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.

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Cialina Ngo

Cialina Ngo writes about young adult books on her blog, Muggle-Born (muggle-born.net). She is an aspiring children's book editor, but for now, she works as the Web Assistant for a New York City museum. When she isn't reading or coding, she is exploring New York City for the next best place to eat. You can find Cialina as a minor character in Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys or online on Twitter: @cialina

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Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones is a 19 year old with roots in the UK and Germany. Aside from reading and blogging at www.thirstforfiction.com, he also produces theatre, loves Kate Bush and is planning a career in publishing.

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Brittany

Brittany is the blogger behind Book Bumblings, a book blog created in June 2014 focusing on romance reviews and blogging tips. Book Bumblings hosts BookBlogWriMo, a November challenge for book bloggers where participants answer daily prompts in an effort to blog more, as well as the monthly Be a Better Blogger Challenge. Be a Better Blogger helps bloggers become more productive and knock out admin tasks that tend to get put off longer than they should. When not reading or blogging about it, Brittany works in marketing, eats popcorn, watches too much Netflix, and takes naps.

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Nicole Brinkley

Nicole Brinkley is the founder and editor of YA Interrobang. She has blonde hair and a love of dragons. The rest changes without notice. She is also a part-time bookseller.

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Kaye M

Kaye M. is a book blogger at Watercolor Moods, as well as a YA publishing professional, diversity advocate and activist. She is particularly known as the creator of the 2014 viral hashtag, #YesAllWomen, and as a former founding member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks initiative.

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Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair for BEA Book Bloggers

Stephanie Sinclair is one of the evil masterminds behind Cuddlebuggery, a popular Young Adult review blog that focuses on critical, yet entertaining reviews of the hottest YA books. Find her on Twitter: @Cuddlebuggery

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Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill is the Director of Content and Strategy for The Reading Room. She first started at The Reading Room as the Community Manager and grew their audience, particularly Facebook, from 20,000 to nearly 500,000 followers in under a year. Before The Reading Room, she consulted MetLife Stadium and was its community manager for Super Bowl XLVIII. Prior to moving to New York, Sarah was the was the Community Manager for the L.A. based design agency JESS3 handling social needs for Nike, Twitter, Google Politics and more. Before JESS3, she was the Editor for a Groupon-like startup called Urban Dealight. Before she worked in digital, she worked for the AT&T Cotton Bowl in Dallas as a Media Marketing Coordinator and for Al Jazeera English in D.C. as a bookings production intern. She graduated with honors from The University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Journalism and Professional Writing. While there she wrote a popular romance column for over four years under the name Elizabeth Atherton. She is the founder of Twenty Something NYC and a contributor to various online publications including Business2Community and Crowdsourcing Week. She was recently spotlighted in Ladies Lunch Guild as an Inspirational Woman.

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Kelly Jensen

Kelly Jensen is a former teen/youth services librarian turned associate editor and community manager for Book Riot (bookriot.com). She blogs about young adult fiction, reading, and serving teens at stackedbooks.org. She is also the author of It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader from VOYA Press. Her writing has been featured in Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and VOYA, as well as on The Rumpus, Rookie, and The Huffington Post.

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Ashley Evans

Ashley Evans is a book blogger and web developer at Nose Graze. She loves helping bloggers and entrepreneurs create their own blogs and online spaces by sharing her love of design, community, and code. She runs her own business creating and selling WordPress themes and plugins, including the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.

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Hazel Ureta

Hazel Ureta As a strong believer of promoting the love for reading, Hazel dedicatedly blogs about books at Stay Bookish, where she swoons over fictional characters and shares her bookish musings. Aside from being a huge book nerd, Hazel is also known for her artistry in photography and design. She lives is sunny Manila, where she's currently in college.

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Meredith Burks

Meredith Burks is a Publicity Manager at Viking/Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She has worked in the publishing industry for 6 years, and has been an avid reader for the past 26 years. She continues to love both. You can find her on Twitter @HillsofIowa.

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Swapna Krishna

Swapna Krishna is the Managing Editor of Panels and a Contributing Editor at Book Riot. She’s been blogging at S. Krishna’s Books for 7 years. She lives in Washington, DC, and you can find her incessant ramblings on Twitter at @skrishna.

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Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon founded Clear Eyes, Full Shelves in late 2011 thanks to a dare from her friend, and eventual blog contributor and podcast co-host, Laura, who thought the name—a play on a refrain in the television show Friday Night Lights—was too fun to not be a real blog. Since then, they (along with co-contributor Sandra, who happens to be Sarah’s mom) haven’t been able to stop talking about books, television and movies from all genres. One of their most popular activities is Clear Eyes, Full Shelves’ annual Verse Novel Week, which just wrapped up its fourth year celebrating this often misunderstood format.

By day, Sarah runs her own digital communications strategy company, which means she often ends up advising companies and individuals on how to utilize blogs and other digital media in their businesses. She lives in leafy green—but way too rainy—Oregon with her husband and two silly Australian Shepherds. Find her on Twitter at @SarahSMoon.

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Sarah Pitre

Sarah Pitre, the founder of Forever Young Adult, lives in Austin, TX, where she serves as the Director of Programming and Promotions for the Alamo Drafthouse, a cinema company. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).

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Kate Rados

Kate Rados is Director, Community Development for Crown Publishing at Penguin Random House, where her team is responsible for vertical sites (Read It Forward, Blogging for Books, and TasteBook, among others), social media initiatives (Twitter Fiction Festival, a 2015 Webby Honoree), email marketing, and consumer data management. Previous to this position, Rados was the Marketing Director for F+W Media, and had established digital marketing strategies for companies like Sterling Publishing/Barnes & Noble and Chelsea Green. Before her career in publishing, she worked in the television industry via Food Network, MTV, and Nickelodeon. Rados has been a recipient of the MIN Online Marketer of the Year award and has given lectures on digital community building at Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and has taught digital marketing courses at New York University.

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Kate Tilton

Kate Tilton has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. A relatively new voice in publishing, Kate has been serving authors behind the scenes since 2010. Founder of Kate Tilton's Author Services, LLC, Kate works as an author assistant and social media manager with the mission of connecting authors and readers. Kate is the creator and host of #K8chat (Thursdays at 9pm Eastern), a contributor to BadRedhead Media, and has appeared on popular media such as Publishers Weekly, The Book Designer, Kobo Writing Life and Rafflecopter. A cat-lover and fan of many geeky things, Kate can likely be found curled up with the latest Doctor Who episode, plotting world takeover, or connecting authors and readers in any way she can.

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Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of the epic fantasy The Mirror Empire, the forthcoming Empire Ascendant, and the award-winning God’s War Trilogy. Her work has earned her the Hugo Award, Kitschies Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Hurley has been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, BFS Award, and BSFA Award for Best Novel. Hurley has published short fiction in venues such as Lightspeed and Vice Magazine, and anthologies such as Meeting Infinity, The Lowest Heaven, and the Mammoth Book of SF by Women. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Locus Magazine, and various anthologies.

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Thea James

Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers, a speculative fiction book review blog and digital-first publisher. By day, she's the Director of Publisher Operations & Digital Product Development over at Workman Publishing. When she isn't voraciously devouring the latest and greatest in scifi and fantasy, or mired in proposals, she can be found blogging over at Kirkus.

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Kat O'Keeffe

Kat O'Keeffe started blogging in 2009 to chronicle her adventures as an aspiring author. In 2011 she expanded to YouTube with her channel Katytastic. She now makes videos about all things bookish--reviews, publishing news, writing advice--for an audience of over 150,000 subscribers. She currently lives in Los Angeles, but spends most of her time online.

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Melody Scheiber

Melody Schreiber writes about books, especially narrative nonfiction and literary fiction with a strong sense of place, at melodyandwords.com . Melody is a program manager at the International Reporting Project and a freelance writer whose articles, essays, and reviews have been published by The Washington Post, USA Today, Slate, Bitch, Grist, and others. Melody received her bachelor’s in English and linguistics at Georgetown University and her master’s in writing at the Johns Hopkins University. Follow her on Twitter at @m_scribe.

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Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson shares book recommendations, travelogues, tales of compulsive book buying, crowd-pleasing baked good recipes, and photos from bookstores and libraries around the world on her blog Books, the Universe and Everything (www.booksuniverseeverything.com). Emily currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her boyfriend and their imaginary dog.

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Kerry McHugh

Kerry McHugh spends her 9-to-5s working in the non-profit world and her 5-to-9s reading as much as she possibly can. When she's not reading, she's likely watching BBC, planning travel to places where she can climb to the tops of old stone things, and lamenting how far she lives from a Brooklyn Bagel. She started her book blog, Entomology of a Bookworm, in 2008 to keep a toe in the book world as she transitioned to a career outside of publishing. She regularly contributes to Shelf Awareness for Readers, and her writing has appeared on Bibliobuffet , Bookgasm , and MarthaStewartWeddings.com.

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Maura Sweeney

Maura Sweeney is Described as the ultimate coach and advocate, Maura Sweeney is an Author, Podcaster, World Traveler and HuffPost blogger who guides people on the path of "Living Happy – Inside Out." A former corporate manager, business owner and home schooling mom, she stepped out of her comfort zone to pursue a new lifestyle and invites others to join her along the way. Maura's story of learning to dance at age 50 launched her Art of Happiness series and the beginning of fun, ironic and sometimes profound inspiration. Featured in outlets like Match.com, Midlife Boulevard and Britain's BBC, Maura can be seen around the block or around the globe searching for great people, great stories and good news to share. When not chatting about leadership and comfort zones, she is probably looking for another reason to laugh. Follow on Twitter @Maura4u and Maura4u.com

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Christine Riccio

Listen as Harlequin TEEN shares how they worked closely with Vlogger Christine Riccio, of PolandbananasBooks on an exciting campaign!!

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