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:
- 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.)
- To follow the discussion, run a search for #followreader
- I’ll start by asking our guests a few questions, before opening up the discussion to the group.
- To post a comment to the discussion, make sure that the hashtag #followreader is in each tweet you write.
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.
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.
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.