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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Salon: Alert the Media!

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I seem to be doing a bit of waffling lately. I haven't decided whether I'm going to the BEA Bloggers Conference or the Book Blog UNCon--I've registered for both and may end up trying to split the difference. I hadn't signed up for next weekend's 24-Hour Readathon because I couldn't decide whether I'd do that or go to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (which I missed last year).

On Friday evening, I got an e-mail that made the second choice much easier. I'm going to the Festival of Books...as press. My request for a media credential was approved!

2012 LAT Festival of Books official logo

I'm not sure book bloggers think of ourselves as "media" (unless it involves press passes to BEA, maybe?), so I have to thank one of my co-contributors at MomsLA for bringing up the topic of applying for press credentials for the LATFoB--I wouldn't have thought of it myself. (This is one example of why it's good to get outside of your niche.) I've blogged about the LATFoB before--and I would again, even without the credential. It's a (mostly) free event, and I'll still have to buy my own books. But the credential gets me the press kit--which should help me make my posts about the event better--access to the press room, and entry to any and all of the panels. (Panel tickets became available to the general public this morning.) That last item is the one I most appreciate.

If you're going to the Festival of Books next weekend, please let me know--I'd love to meet up!

Getting back to BEA for a minute: Last week, I begged for votes in the Independent Book Blogger Awards on Goodreads. Voting remains open until next Monday, and I would greatly appreciate yours in the Adult Nonfiction category!


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And speaking of voting--thanks to everyone who weighed in on last Sunday's "Which e-book should I read?" poll. The winner (by a wide margin) was Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein. I started it in my Kindle app yesterday, and expect to continue today--if all goes well, there will be a review up some time next week. Today I'll also be working on a June review for Shelf Awareness (I thought it was for May, but the pub date changed. I may not end up with any May reviews there. Oh well.)

What are your bookish plans this Sunday?