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This was originally a guest post for Armchair BEA, by Lindsey Rudnickas, Digital Concierge at NetGalley

Hello, dear friends! I hope you’re enjoying the bookish delight of BEA from the comfort of your own homes. I’m fortunate enough to attend BEA each year to meet with our publisher clients, and say hello to the many bloggers, librarians, reviewers, and other friends who support NetGalley. This year, I’ll also be speaking on a panel at the BEA Bloggers Conference on Demystifying the Book Blogger & Publisher Relationship. But our love of books and bloggers doesn’t stop at the doors to the Javits center, and we know you don’t have to be at BEA to feel the buzz.

NetGalley has always been a friend to bloggers—it’s been our pleasure to work with you for the past 4 years as the book blogging community has flourished, and we thank you for your enthusiasm for the site. It’s so rewarding for us and for our publishers to see blogger-led contests and read-a-thons like “NetGalley Month” and the year-long “NetGalley Reading Challenge.” For NetGalley and bloggers alike, we’re sure the best is yet to come, and we can’t wait to continue the journey with you!

NetGalley is all about the newest books—helping connect publishers with buzz-makers (like you) to launch titles faster and further. This year for BEA, we’re working with some great industry partners to help bring the galleys to you, so read on.

BEA BUZZ BOOKS: EXCERPTS FROM OVER 30 TOP FALL 2012 TITLES from Publishers Lunch. We were thrilled to join with Publishers Lunch for this cool promotion, which they’re calling “BEA in an eBook.” The best part: it’s available to READ NOW on NetGalley—instant access, no requesting, no waiting.

BEA is all about discovering the fall season’s big books, from new voices to breakout authors, hot nonfiction and beloved bestsellers. Publishers Lunch has packed a convention’s worth of exclusive excerpts from top Fall titles featured at the BookExpo America convention into a single volume. Enjoy new works from Junot Díaz, Mark Helprin, Rhoda Janzen, Barbara Kingsolver, Jessica Khoury, Dennis Lehane, J.R. Moehringer, Neil Young, and many others in the free BEA BUZZ BOOKS. In addition to the excerpts, there’s even a round-up from Publishers Lunch of over 100 Fall books of note of all kinds to have on your radar.

PLUS: Go beyond the excerpts with NetGalley

After most excerpts, look for a link to READ or REQUEST the full galley on NetGalley. Publishers can choose how to provide access to the full galley, so you’ll see two kinds of links—either a link to request the title on NetGalley, or a widget link for approved access as soon as you login. Enjoy!

Barbara Hoffert’s BEA Galley & Signing Guide 2012 for Library Journal. It’s being called “the librarian’s essential BEA 2012 navigation tool” and we have to agree! Barbara’s been tracking some of the show’s top titles, from large publishers and small. Plus, you’ll see embedded icons that will guide you to NetGalleyso you can request a copy even if you won’t be at the show.

 

 

Feed Your Reader with NetGalley all year long!

Although BEA is an especially busy time, we’re working everyday adding new titles from publishers for you to request and review. Browse our catalog anytime, and keep updated on what’s happening at NetGalley with our newsletters (spoiler alert: a facelift and lots of big changes are coming—stay tuned!).

Speaking of which, here are two of our recent BEA-related newsletters:

NetGalley Roundup: Get Ready for BEA

Feed Your Reader with the biggest buzz books at BEA

And watch your inboxes for the NetGalley Roundup: BEA Edition, going out the week of the show! Sign up to receive our newsletters, or find them on our NetGalley Roundups page.

Happy reading,

Lindsey

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BEA has come and gone—a whirlwind of informational sessions, meetings with publishers, and saying hello to all of the amazing NetGalley members who stopped by to “like” our wall. Whew! Talk about an intense first week on the job.

For those of you whose hands I didn’t get to shake, I’m Kristina Radke, your new Community Concierge at NetGalley. Together with Lindsey, I’ll be answering your support questions (via email, Facebook [www.facebook.com/netgalley], & Twitter [@NetGalley]) and helping our publishers promote their titles to our members and incorporate digital galleys into their own campaigns. Before coming to work for NetGalley I worked at HarperTeen, where I did marketing for some really great YA books and used NetGalley from the publisher’s perspective. (I know for a fact that HarperTeen has an exciting fall list, so if you read YA keep an eye out for their new galleys.)

It was easy to recognize what a useful tool NetGalley is for publishers and professional readers alike. Imagine my delight in finding an opportunity to join this (quickly) growing company that connects readers and publishers, and begin interacting with such a wonderful community. All of your energy and positivity at BEA has further validated my excitement to join the NetGalley team!

And while we’re talking about BEA . . . congrats to the winners of our eReader giveaway! Each of the winners will receive either a Kobo eReader, NOOK Color, or Kindle.

Georgia Edwards, librarian & reviewer in Charlotte, VT

Katie Butler, Katie’s Book Blog

Bob Bettendorf, copywriting manager in Princeton, NJ

BEA can be a bit daunting, but your smiles and hellos made my first week such a pleasure. Thank you all for such a warm welcome!

Kristina, Community Concierge

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It’s almost that time, when bookish folk flock to the largest publishing event in North America: BookExpo America (BEA)/ Twitter @BookExpoAmerica. This year BEA is at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC Tuesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 27. NetGalley will be at BEA, so stop by and say hello — we’re part of the Firebrand Technologies booth #3905.

We’ve got a fun way for you to get a sneak peek at new books! See below for our NetGalley BEA Buzz Schedule (taking place all day Wed and Thurs). We’ll demo a new title on NetGalley, show you how to get it on your favorite e-reader, and “pitch” the book itself so you can see where all the buzz begins. Check out which titles publicists have selected as potential breakout releases!

The best part is if you watch our demo, you’ll be among the first to view the galley on NetGalley after the show — with an invite from the publisher to download the galley and read it in full. Plus, select titles are available to request on NetGalley NOW if you’d like to get a jump-start on your reading!

So check out (and request) the NetGalley BEA Buzz titles here, mark your calendars, and we’ll see you at the show!

NetGalley BEA Buzz Schedule

WEDNESDAY MAY 26 @ NetGalley booth #3905

  • 10:00 AM: The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

A Novel
By Michele Young-Stone
The Crown Publishing Group @CrownPublishing
Pub Date: April 2010

  • 10:30 AM: Truly, Madly, Deadly

The Unofficial True Blood Companion
By Becca Wilcott
ECW Press @ecwpress
Pub Date: June 2010

  • 11:00 AM: THE BELLY FAT CURE™ FAST TRACK

By Jorge Cruise
Hay House, Inc
Pub Date: December 29, 2010

  • 11:30 AM: Harvest to Heat

Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans
By Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer
The Taunton Press @tauntonmktg
Pub Date: October 2010

  • 12:00 PM: Around My French Table

More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
By Dorie Greenspan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt @hmhbooks
Pub Date: October 2010

  • 1:00 PM: Outside the Ordinary World

By Dori Ostermiller
Harlequin @HarlequinBooks
Pub Date: August 2010

  • 1:30 PM: Billie Girl

By Vickie Weaver
Leapfrog Press
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 2:00 PM: The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit

A Step-by-Step Legal Guide
By Peri Pakroo, J.D.
NOLO @NoloLibrary
Pub Date: May 2010

  • 4:00 PM: Safe From the Sea

By Peter Geye
Unbridled Books @unbridledbooks
Pub Date: September 2010

THURSDAY MAY 27 @ NetGalley booth #3905

  • 10:00 AM: Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

By Russell A. Barkley, PhD
Guilford Press @GuilfordPsych
Pub Date: August 2010

  • 11:00 AM: Vestments

By John Reimringer
Milkweed Editions @Milkweed_Books
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 11:30 AM: Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married

By Gary Chapman
Moody Publishers @moodybooks
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 12:00 PM: Simple Secrets

The Harmony Series, Book One
By Nancy Mehl
Barbour Publishing @BarbourBuzz
Pub Date: June 2010

  • 2:00 PM: Desserts 4 Today

By Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Taunton Press @tauntonmktg
Pub Date: September 2010

  • 2:30 PM: Deadline Man

By Jon Talton
Poisoned Pen Press
Pub Date: May 2010

NetGalley BEA Buzz Schedule (grid)

WEDNESDAY MAY 26 @ NetGalley booth #3905
10:00 AM The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors Crown Publishing Group Pub Date: April 2010
10:30 AM Truly, Madly, Deadly ECW Press Pub Date: June 2010
11:00 AM THE BELLY FAT CURE™ FAST TRACK Hay House, Inc Pub Date: December 29, 2010
11:30 AM Harvest to Heat The Taunton Press Pub Date: October 2010
12:00 PM Around My French Table Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub Date: October 2010
1:00 PM Outside the Ordinary World Harlequin Pub Date: July 2010
1:30 PM Billie Girl Leapfrog Press Pub Date: September 2010
2:00 PM The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit NOLO Pub Date: May 2010
4:00 PM Safe From the Sea Unbridled Books Pub Date: September 2010
THURSDAY MAY 27 @ NetGalley booth #3905
10:00 AM Taking Charge of Adult ADHD Guilford Press Pub Date: August 2010
11:00 AM Vestments Milkweed Editions Pub Date: September 2010
11:30 AM Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married Moody Publishers Pub Date: September 2010
12:00 PM Simple Secrets Barbour Publishing Pub Date: June 2010
2:00 PM Desserts 4 Today The Taunton Press Pub Date: September 2010
2:30 PM Deadline Man Poisoned Pen Press Pub Date: May 2010

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One topic that comes up in the bookish community now and again — why doesn’t BEA have a public day and open up to readers for a reader-focused expo?

I mean, you readers are kind of the reason the industry exists, so why not invite you in and let you preview next season’s books, chat it up with authors, and share your points of view? Perhaps the bigger question being begged, why aren’t there more opportunities for readers and bookish fans to get closer to publishers and authors in a setting where books and the business of books are being promoted, celebrated and discussed?

In today’s #FollowReader, we’re going to talk all about reader cons. Does BEA need a reader day? Are book festivals enough? Does it makes sense to have an industry (B-to-B focused) conference opened up to the public? As boundaries between “professional” and just regular folk readers shift and blur (think book bloggers, social media conversation starters, etc), just how do we define industry or media or consumer?

Our guests for today’s chat will include

  • Michele Chambers (@romconinc) from RomConInc.com, a newly-minted romance readers’ convention, celebrating the romance genre and its wonderful readers – and the only such convention that focuses solely on the romance reader!
  • Steve Rosato (@StevenRosato), Event Director at BookExpo America
  • The organizers of the BookBloggerConvention (@bookbloggercon) , a one day event intended to provide support, instruction, and social time for people who blog about books.

Read more about our guests and their organizations below.

To join the #followreader conversation, here’s what to do:

  1. Just before 4pm ET today,  log in to Twitter or whatever interface you prefer. (We recommend Tweetchat, which refreshes quickly and automatically loads your hashtag when you are in the discussion.)
  2. To follow the discussion, run a search for #followreader
  3. I’ll start by asking our guests a few questions, before opening up the discussion to the group.
  4. To post a comment to the discussion, make sure that the hashtag #followreader is in each tweet you write.

Michele Chambers

About Michele Chambers: Take your average 7-year-old small town girl – throw in Sleeping Beauty, a dash of Star Wars, and a pinch of Salem’s Lot. Only then will you begin to understand the twisted wanderings of Michele Chambers’ mind. An author and life-long bookworm, Michele’s obsession with all things paranormal began at a very young age. She’s worked as a Burger King drive-thru goddess, a receptionist in a law firm, a cashier, a medical/surgical assistant, & an anatomy/physiology instructor in a cadaver lab.  Michele is RomCon’s Paranormal World Liaison, and tweets at @RomConInc.

Steve Rosato

About Steve Rosato: Steve has been with BookExpo America for ten years and was recently appointed to the position of Event Director

of BookExpo America (BEA). Rosato has most recently served as Director of Industry

Development & Strategic Accounts for BEA, where he has played a critical role in helping todefine and set BEA’S goals for the future based on customer feedback. Rosato will assume his new responsibilities effective immediately.

Book Blogger Convention

About the Book Blogger convention: Taking place, Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center  in New York, the Book Blogger convention is a one day event intended to provide support, instruction, and social time for people who blog about books.

Hope you can join us for today’s #FollowReader. If you can’t join the discussion, watch this space next week for a recap of the highlights.

Have a topic you wish we would cover? Please feel free to suggest topics for upcoming #followreader chats below.

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