BEA Bloggers Conference
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Attend BEA Bloggers Conference to learn, be inspired, and connect with book bloggers, authors, and publishing industry professionals. You will benefit from a jam-packed day of education, extreme networking, and the passion and fun that surrounds book blogging!
Hear from leading bloggers on where blogging is going, how new developments are impacting bloggers and what is coming down the road.
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State of Blogging and Books- KEYNOTE
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM | Room A106/1A07/1A08
The term “blog” has been in use since the 1990’s! Today almost everyone is reading, following and discovering books and other information on blogs. Some blogs are mobile optimized; some blogs are generating strong income, and some blogs are building a following of readers that are loyal and highly engaged. Hear from leading bloggers on where is blogging going, how new developments are impacting bloggers and what is coming down the road to improve talking with our audience. Books and blogging will continue to impact readers, authors and the publishing industry – get the insight track at the start of BEA 2015!! More Speakers To Come!!
Thea James, Co-founder, Editor, Book Reviewer, The Book Smugglers
Patty Chang Anker, Author, Blogger and Speaker
Ron Hogan, Literary Evangelist
Creative Content Opportunities With Your Blog
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM | Room 1A10
Join for an advanced session discussing how to increase your blog exposure and build a stronger business and community. Hear from successful bloggers on finding your voice, determining your strengths, and giving your blog a unique personality. Get insight on how to develop creative content on your own and in connection with authors, publicists, your readers, and the blogging community at large. From YouTube to Podcasts to IRL meet-ups for your readers, see how these bloggers are developing creative content and expanding their reach beyond the blog.
Brittany Kaback, Digital Marketing Manager, Big Honcho Media
Sarah Moon, Blogger, ClearEyesFullShelves.com
Sarah Pitre, Blogger, ForeverYoungAdult.com
Liz Vallish, Blogger, elizzieBooks.com
Optimizing Your WordPress Blog
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM | Room 1A12
Make your WordPress blog the best that it can be to attract followers and engage readers. Learn about the must-have plugins and how to configure them, get hands-on with SEO, and take steps to secure your blog. New and mid-level bloggers who have a WordPress site and want to ensure they’re using the best plugins and fully utilizing the platform will enjoy this session.
Ashley Evans, Blogger & Web Developer, Nose Graze
Cialina Ngo, Blogger, Muggle-Born
Rhys Jones, Blogger, ThirstForFiction
Brittany, Blogger, Book Bumblings
Tactics to Create Killer Content Fast
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM | Room 1A10
The demand and pressure is always there for bloggers – create more-valuable blog content...faster! Join a panel of blogging experts who will share tips to manage your time, engage your readers and effectively produce valuable content for your target readers. See how others are using apps like Evernote for filing potential blog ideas, post templates, blog plans and calendars, free apps to create visuals, and more. Also discover how a podcast can prove an important addition to your blog, and how to infuse book content into blog posts, leverage best social media practices, including Twitter Chats and Pinterest boards, offer successful contests, and use email marketing and site analytics to help direct blog-growth strategies.
Nina Amir, Bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and the Author Training Manual, ninaamir.com
Maura Sweeney, Podcaster, New Vision Entertainment
Kate Rados, Director, Community Development, Crown Publishing at Penguin Random House
Kate Tilton, Founder, Kate Tilton's Author Services
Safely Navigating Social Media
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM | Room 1A12
For many bloggers, 2014 was a particularly vicious year in terms of online safety. After numerous incidents this past year, book bloggers and other publishing professionals have become concerned with how to remain safe and involved with social media. This session seeks to address concerns and give valid tactics on how to survive the moments when social media goes sour while remaining professional and on course. Targeted to book bloggers who are relatively new to social media or those who, wish to remain safe while remaining professional and marketing themselves. A basic Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr account is suggested.
Nicole Brinkley, Editor, YA Interrobang
Kaye M. – Blogger, Watercolor Moods
Stephanie Sinclair - Reviewer and Blogger, Cuddlebuggery
Best Practices Interaction and Community Engagement
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM | Room 1A10
Congratulations blogger, you have many followers…what are the best ways to maintain strong communication and keep your community of readers engaged with your blog. Join experienced bloggers and social media experts who will share insights, ideas and opportunities to expand your community of readers and engage in new ways!
Sarah Hill, Director of Content & Strategy, The Reading Room
Irene Gallo is the Creative Director at Tor Books and Associate Publisher of Tor.com.
Kelly Jensen, Associate Editor and Community Manager for Book Riot ( bookriot.com) Blogger at STACKED
Engaging Your Readers: Tips From Experienced Bloggers
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM | Room 1A12
So you’re new to book blogging (or are a vet who wants a refresher!) and want to know the best ways to create a space where readers will engage with your content? Come get tips from experienced book bloggers about how to organically grow your readership by making your blog a place readers want to be. The session will be 40 minutes of conversation between the panelists, then a 10 minute audience Q&A.
Amanda Nelson, Managing Editor, Book Riot
Kerry McHugh, Blogger, Entomology of a Bookworm
Stephanie Sinclair, Reviewer and Blogger, Cuddlebuggery
Going Beyond Blog Formatting
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM | Room 1A10
Enhance and customize your blog by learning advanced formatting with HTML and CSS. These coding languages will allow you to create more dynamic post layouts, and make those blog design tweaks you've been dying to do for months! Advanced bloggers who are familiar with their blogging platform and the visual editor, but want to take things a step further by learning code will benefit from this informative session.
Ashley Evans, Blogger & Web Developer, Nose Graze
Stephanie, Blogger/Designer, These Paper Hearts
Hazel Ureta, Blogger, Stay Bookish
Working with Publishers, Authors and Promotions
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Room 1A12
Join in this lively discussion with publishers and bloggers who will share insight on the best practices for working together! Get insight on communicating with publishers, the world of e-galleys and creative promotions and marketing campaigns that will sizzle and make your blog stand out. Learn as you listen in. Tag teams that include; an adult publisher and blogger, a children’s publisher and blogger, will focus their conversations on how they successfully work together.
Meredith Burks, Publicity Manager at Viking/Penguin Books
Swapna Krishna., Managing Editor of Panels and a Contributing Editor at Book Riot.
Plus, enjoy lots of networking and blogger to blogger idea sharing—just what you need to get inspired and motivated to BLOG ON!
- Badge Pick up & Continental Breakfast
- Networking Lunch and Raffle
- End of Day Networking Celebration: Refreshments, Galley Giveaway and Raffle
Register today for BEA Bloggers Conference. Or save money with the BEA Super Pass—includes BEA, IDPF Digital Book Conference, BEA Bloggers Conference, and uPublishU at BEA. Passes are limited—buy yours today!