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Bloggers, Authors and Publishers: Relationship Rescue Questions

I’m sitting in an airport in Kansas City waiting for the next leg of my journey to Seattle. I’ve managed to get a two-hour layover to change planes, where the next plane is coming back to the same gate I just left. Leaving this room means that I have to go through security again, so I’ve spent the two hours in a room the size of a high school gym reflecting on all the times I’ve hustled through a huge airport to make a forty-minute leeway of a connection. It doesn’t seem fair, somehow.

I am on my way to KidLitCon Seattle. I’d be more excited if I weren’t so tired. And a little overwhelmed by the Cybils judge selection process. And a bit anxious for flying cross-country. Let’s say that I am ready to be excited to hang out with my best blogging friends. The sessions lined up by Colleen and Jackie are so good that I can’t find a time to skip out and see the town! Darn you, ladies!

Liz and I will be starting the party off with our session on the relationships among book bloggers, authors, and publishers. (Oh, my!) We’ll be joined by an actual author — Kirby Larsen — and publisher from Little, Brown. (Hey, Zoe!) Next week, we’re sure to be back here with a complete plan of action to smooth the path, align the stars and all that jazz for all of us here in the kidlitopshere. And like, world peace, too. Want to play along at home? Finish these thoughts from your perspective as a book blogger, author, or publisher about one of the others in our cozy family.
  • I love it when bloggers/authors/publishers...
  • I wish that bloggers/authors/publishers wouldn’t...
  • If the others should know one thing about us, it’s...
If you’re fast, maybe we’ll use it tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll come back with all sorts of great ideas, thoughts, and advice from KidLitCon Seattle. Maybe even with a new burst of energy. It could happen.

6 comments:

Vintage Teacher said...

I hope that the people at KCI show you midwest hospitality.

Ms. Yingling said...

As a blogger, I love it when bloggers give short reviews of a wide range of types of books within my area of interest. I love it when publishers send me ARCs of good books that everybody is asking for instead of marginal, rather strange books that I have to be slightly polite or at least constructive about. I like it when authors read my comments and understand that while I liked their books, there is always room for improvement! I don't care all that much for author interviews on blogs- I am more concerned with the books. I'd love to see publishers put together web sites aimed at specific populations. Whew. That's enough. Have fun!

Terry Doherty said...

I love it when bloggers come together for a cause. It is a sense of community second to none. Whether it's helping libraries or kids who don't have books (to name 2 recent ones) they are passionate about paying forward a love of reading.

I wish that authors/publishers/publicists would respect a blogger enough that when they ask for a review they don't send along someone else's opinion.

I will second Ms. Yingling on her idea of web/blogsites designed for specific populations.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thank you, book bloggers, for the many ways you support authors!

Kate Higgins said...

Enjoy Seattle. It welcomes everyone like a child welcomes hugs. There is something about the diversity of people that spreads a feeling of belonging to everyone. I live just across the water from this unique city and I can't wait to hear more about your experiences at KidLit. Welcome MotherReader!

Lee Wind said...

Looking forward to seeing you, MotherReader!
namaste and a hug,
Lee