BEA Bloggers Conference

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BEA Blogger Conference

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!!

Moderator:
Thea James, Co-founder, Editor, Book Reviewer, The Book Smugglers
Speakers:
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
Building A Better Blog Track

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.

Moderator:
Brittany Kaback, Digital Marketing Manager, Big Honcho Media
Speakers:
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
Building A Better Blog Track

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.

Moderator:
Ashley Evans, Blogger & Web Developer, Nose Graze
Speakers:
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
Blogging At the Next Level Track

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.

Moderator:
Nina Amir, Bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and the Author Training Manual, ninaamir.com
Speakers:

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
Building A Better Blog Track

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.

Moderator:
Nicole Brinkley, Editor, YA Interrobang
Speakers:
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
Blogging At the Next Level Track

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!

Moderator:
Sarah Hill, Director of Content & Strategy, The Reading Room
Speakers:

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
Leila Roy


Engaging Your Readers: Tips From Experienced Bloggers

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM | Room 1A12
Building A Better Blog Track

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.

Moderator:
Amanda Nelson, Managing Editor, Book Riot
Speakers:

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
Blogging At the Next Level Track

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.

Moderator:
Ashley Evans, Blogger & Web Developer, Nose Graze
Speakers:
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
Building A Better Blog Track

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.

Speakers:
Meredith Burks, Publicity Manager at Viking/Penguin Books
Swapna Krishna., Managing Editor of Panels and a Contributing Editor at Book Riot.


Register Today!

Plus, enjoy lots of networking and blogger to blogger idea sharing—just what you need to get inspired and motivated to BLOG ON!

Including:

  • 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 limitedbuy yours today!

Blogger Directory

Coming Soon


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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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 seven-year 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.

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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

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 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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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 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. She is also an editor for Young Adults Book Central and occasionally blogs at Tor.com. 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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Liz Vallish

Liz Vallish started off her crazy adventures on the internet at the age of 12 when her mother forced her to make an AOL account. Thanks mom! She has since started her YouTube channel centered around books, elizziebooks, which is focused mainly on Young Adult literature. In addition to her reviews, Liz hosts BookTube News on her channel. She is a recent graduate of Clayton State University with a degree in Communications & Media Studies.

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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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