One of the ways I've decided to celebrate my book deal is to offer a book blogger scholarship to the 2011 Book Blogger Convention in New York City on May 27th.
Are you a book blogger who would love to go to BBC and BEA but you just can't afford it? Then this merit/need based scholarship for 1 free BBC/BEA admission (worth $120) + $500 towards expenses is for you!
You must be 18 or older (per BEA rules)
You must be a book blogger with at least 20 posted book reviews as of March 30th, 2011
You must not have already registered for BEA and BBC (no refunds allowed)
You must attend BBC on May 27, 2011 to pick up your prize money
You must fill out this form by April 13, 2011 and explain why you should be chosen to attend
All qualified entrants will be reviewed by me and Michelle (co-organizer of BBC). We will choose 10 finalists and draw one name at random as the winner. The winner will be informed by April 20, 2011.
Why are you doing this?
I cannot stress enough how much book blogging helped me grow as a writer. I studied Journalism in college and I’ve worked for over ten years as an advertising copywriter, but writing fiction is a whole different ballgame. Over the past 3 years, I’ve read hundreds of YA novels and thousands of book blogger reviews. It has really given me a feel for what works and what doesn’t in terms of structure, pacing, characterization, dialogue and other craft issues. Also, the support from the community – from both authors and bloggers – has been invaluable in building my confidence and getting me to go for it. And I would love to give something back to the community!
I already registered for BEA (via free press registration) but at this time I can't afford to stay for BBC. Can I still apply for the scholarship?
Yes. Please mention this when filling out the form.
If I win the BBC scholarship, can I also attend BEA?
Yes. Your BBC registration also registers you for BEA.
Where can I find out more about the speakers and panels at BBC?
At the BBC website.
If I win, what can I use the prize money for?
If you win, you can use the prize money to pay for transportation, lodging and meals. Unless otherwise arranged with me, the winner will receive the $500 in prize money in cash on May 27th at the BBC.
Who is donating the prize money?
Is the scholarship open to international bloggers?
Any other questions? Ask them in the comments!