BEA Bloggers Conference

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BEA Blogger Conference

BEA Bloggers Conference

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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.

View 2015 Schedule Below

Continental Breakfast & Badge Pick-up

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM | Room A106

Pick up your badge outside Room 1A06. You will also receive a raffle ticket for the Blogger Networking Lunch Raffle Giveaway.

State of Blogging and Books- KEYNOTE

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM | Room A106

The term “blog” has been in use since the 1990s, and today it is more relevant than ever--almost everyone is reading, following and discovering books on blogs. Book bloggers are building a community of readers and followers that are loyal and highly engaged, and are transforming the publishing industry from the outside-in. Hear from leading bloggers on trends in book blogging, where blogging may go in the future, and how new blogging developments could impact, readers, authors, and the publishing industry at large. Get the inside track at the start of BEA 2015!!

Thea James, Co-founder, Editor, Book Reviewer, The Book Smugglers
Patty Chang Anker, Author, Blogger and Speaker
Ron Hogan, Literary Evangelist
Kameron Hurley, Author and Blogger

Creative Content Opportunities With Your Blog

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM | Room 1A10
Blogging at the Next Level

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,
Sarah Pitre, Blogger,
Kat O’Keefe, Blogger/Vlogger,

Optimizing Your WordPress Blog

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM | Room 1A12
Building A Better Blog

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
Blogging At the Next Level

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,

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

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

Blogger Networking Lunch and Raffle

12:00 PM- 1:15 PM | Room 1A06

You will receive your lunch voucher and two additional raffle tickets as you leave the 11:00 am sessions. You may use your voucher in the Javits Food Court so grab your lunch and bring it back to room 1A06 to network with fellow bloggers and be present for the Networking Lunch and Raffle Giveaway. We will be raffling off three $50 American Express Gift Cheques. (You must be present to win.)

Best Practices Interaction and Community Engagement

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM | Room 1A10
Blogging At the Next Level

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
Kelly Jensen, Associate Editor and Community Manager for Book Riot ( Blogger at STACKED
Leila Roy

Engaging Your Readers: Tips From Experienced Bloggers

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

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
Melody Scheiber, Blogger, Melody & Words
Emily Wilson, Blogger, Books, the Universe and Everything

Going Beyond Blog Formatting

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM | Room 1A10
Blogging At the Next Level

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 – 3:20 PM | Room 1A12
Building A Better Blog

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.
Bryn Collier, Digital Marketing Manager, Harlequin TEEN
Christine Riccio, Vlogger, PolandbananasBooks

End of Day Blogger Networking Celebration!

3:30 PM- 5:00 PM | Room 1A06

Join us for wine, beer, soda, water, and freshly popped popcorn. This is a great opportunity to talk about what you learned during the day and continue to network and mingle with your peers. Plus, you will receive two additional raffle tickets and have the chance to participate in another Raffle Giveaway. We will be raffling off four $50 American Express Gift Cheques. (You must be present to win.)

BEA Blogger Conference

2015 Conference Advisory Board

Check back soon for BEA’s 2016 Conference Advisory Board.

2015 Blogger Directory

  • Katie Babs
    Babbling about Books, and More!
    Ramblings on the publishing industry, specifically the romance genre.

  • Mindy Herbert
    Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
    Young Adult
    Loving YA Paranormal & Sci-Fi. I have a serious problem with falling in love with fictional characters.

  • Sajda Ouachtouki
    Across the Words
    Young Adult and Fantasy
    My ramblings and reviews for young adult and fantasy books.

  • Jess Martinez
    Gone with the Words
    Young Adult and Romance Book Blog
    YA and Romance book reviews, features, occasional music/movie talks!

  • Deitre Helvy
    {A Leisure Moment}
    Children, Middle Level, Young Adult, New Adult, Adult
    A Casual Conversation About Our Love For Literature

  • Brittany Todd
    Please Feed The Bookworm
    Young Adult
    Young adult book reviews written by a mostly young adult

  • Zachary Cole
    Zach's YA Reviews
    Mostly YA Reviews
    I review YA books, but sometimes MG or Adult too.

  • Kel Peterson
    Booked til Tuesday
    (mostly) YA and (mostly) SFF
    Lists, life, art, discussions, and reviews on mostly YA books

  • Nancy Sanchez
    Tales of the Ravenous Reader
    Young Adult (all genres) with some New Adult reads
    A YA and New Adult book blog that promotes books.

  • Hazel Ureta
    Stay Bookish
    Young Adult
    A place for bibliophiles to fall constantly inlove with books

  • Valerie Fink
    YA, NA, Adult, Contemporary, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, etc (anything with a romance element)
    A place where I share my passion for books

  • Daniel Saugar
    The Couch Potatoes Digest
    YA books and reviews
    I blog and review books of many genres, mainly YA.

  • Debra Schoenberger
    PIX Me! Photography
    Photography / Book Review SiteDocumentary Photography / Book review

  • Bridget Klish
    Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged
    Ramblings of a book-addicted, grammar-loving Army wife.

  • Tiffanie Ing
    Mostly YA Lit
    Young Adult Fiction review blog
    Young adult book reviews from a teenager trapped in an adult's body

  • Tiffany Ashmawy
    About to Read
    Young adult fiction, as well as fashion and beauty.

  • Laura Fabiani
    iRead Book Tours
    Book Publicity and Marketing
    Blog promoting authors through virtual book tours with book bloggers

  • Elizabeth Stiert
    Book YAbber
    YA Book Review Blog
    Book blog that reviews YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Contemporary.

  • Margie Durham
    Ope's Opinions
    Book blog
    My blog is mostly about what I have read or what I want to read. It includes some of my family activities ( usually surrounding books )and book events I attend.

  • Melissa Bennett
    Reviews In A Pinch
    Book Reviews
    Mainly bookish blog with book and movie reviews.

  • DonnaCimorelli
    Literary fiction, YA contemporary
    Book reviews and book related postings.

  • Elizabeth Petrovich
    Silver's Reviews
    Historical Fiction, Mystery, Women's Fiction
    Giveaways, Reviews, and Other Bookish Fun and Memes

  • Crissy Maier
    Laters, Baby - A Fifty Shades of Grey fansite
    Romance Writers
    A fansite for Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Carrie Slager
    The Mad Reviewer
    Reviews galore, mad rants, crazy posts and more!

  • Jeanna Michel
    The Bucket List
    YA fiction
    Reviews on books you need to read before you kick it!

  • Kate Tilton
    Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers
    Young Adult
    Connects authors and readers by providing community and resources.

  • Melissa Lee
    Novelty Podcast
    YA: fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, contemporary
    A podcast where Melissa, Elizabeth, Juliana talk all things YA.

  • Feliza Casano
    Girls in Capes
    Science fiction and fantasy
    Entertainment site dedicated to diversity and representation

  • Melinda Crosby
    The Spine Crack Test
    Book reviews and news
    Book reviews and book news, all in one tidy package!

  • Krista O'Hagan
    See Kiki Read
    Book Reviews
    A book review & discussion blog for avid readers!

  • Helene Cohen Bludman
    Books is Wonderful
    book reviews, midlife, parenting, modern culture
    I love to read and love to write.

  • Christina Kelliher
    My Life in Books
    Personal blog
    Reviews of books, television, movies, and my otherwise uninteresting life

  • Emily London
    A Spoonful of Words
    YA & MG (mostly sci-fi & fantasy)
    Reviews, book memes, and thoughts about the publishing industry/writing

  • Maura Sweeney
    Maura4u: Living Happy Inside Out
    Self-help and inspiration
    Blogs, videos & podcasts inspiring others to live happier lives.

  • Hannah Courtright
    Indie Reader Girl0329
    YA and Historical Fiction
    A witty and charming blog that reviews YA and Historical Fiction.

  • Kaylee Hammond
    One well-read chick
    YA. Historical Fiction. Contemporary Fiction. Christian Fiction.
    Lots of book reviews, contests and fun!

  • Lainey Kress
    Young Adult, New Adult, Fiction
    Get YA book recommendations from a UI English grad.

  • Kiersten Kozbial
    We Live and Breathe Books
    Young Adult
    YA book reviews and other bookish things

  • Mia Swartz
    M&EM Read YA
    Young adult
    Anything YA, travel abroad, and paranormal tv

  • Ciara Loader
    Lost at Midnight Reviews
    YA, Multi-genre YA book review blog

  • Amanda Leon
    Reads By Amanda
    YA Books
    Beauty and Literature all in one place!

  • Monica Watson
    YA, fantasy, literary fiction
    BookTube channel featuring reviews, hauls, & discussion videos

  • Pam Tole
    Midnyte Reader
    Books and more - spooky, scary, creepy, eerie.

  • Nicole Savitsky
    PopCrunchBoom Books
    Young Adult, New Adult, Adult Romance
    My trail of books shown through reviews, discussions and more!

  • Crissy Maier
    Laters, Baby - A Fifty Shades of Grey fansite
    Romance Writers, A Fifty Shades of Grey Fan site

  • Molly Jackson
    Geek culture
    Covers Geek culture

  • Jessica Bernt
    Bookish Serendipity
    YA, Bookish Serendipity is a blog featuring all things YA!

  • Nori Horvitz
    Mostly Young Adult Fantasy and Contemporary (some New Adult)
    A place to find amazing YA books! :)

  • Karen Alderman
    For What It's Worth
    YA/NA/Adult Romance (of all genres), UF/PNR
    Reviewing and rambling about the books I love since 2009

  • Nicole Lorenzetti
    Sassy Peach, Book Blogger
    General Interest
    General interest blog with a personal approach to book loving.

  • Krystal Bealing
    Books Are My Thing
    A Little of Everything
    A discussion of all the books I read, especially fantasy.

  • Maria Pilar Albarran Ruiz
    In Love With Handmade
    YA & Adult book reviews
    Sharing my passion & love for books via reviews & inspired cupcakes.

  • Brittany Todd
    Please Feed a The Bookworm
    young adult
    mostly young adults book reviews by a mostly young adult

  • Becca Fowler
    Pivot Book Reviews
    YA Reviews
    A blog of YA Review letters & handpainted bookish totes!

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.


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.


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 ( 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.


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.


Jane Litte

Jane Litte for BEA Book Bloggers

Jane Litte runs the popular romance review site, 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.”


Rachel Rivera

Rachel Rivera for BEA Book Bloggers

Bio coming soon.


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.


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


Patty Anker

Patty Chang Anker is the author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave which 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, and NPR, org. She blogs regularly for'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


Ron Hogan

Ron Hogan helped create the literary Internet by launching 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 to The Daily Beast. Most recently, he became an acquiring editor at Regan Arts.


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.


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.


Cialina Ngo

Cialina Ngo writes about young adult books on her blog, Muggle-Born ( 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


Rhys Jones

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



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.


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.


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.


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 Find her on twitter: @Cuddlebuggery.


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.


Kelly Jensen

Kelly Jensen is a former teen/youth services librarian turned associate editor and community manager for Book Riot ( She blogs about young adult fiction, reading, and serving teens at 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Melody Scheiber

Melody Schreiber writes about books, especially narrative nonfiction and literary fiction with a strong sense of place, at . 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.


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 ( Emily currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her boyfriend and their imaginary dog.


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


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, 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


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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