Thursday, April 16, 2009

Attention YA book bloggers: Let your voice be heard!

Natasha of Maw Books Blog is one of six bloggers invited to be on a book blogging panel at this year's BEA to discuss the book blogging phenomenon and how we can better work together with publishers, authors, and booksellers - and she wants our input on what we'd like to see covered.

Jennifer Hart, organizer and moderator of the panel, had this to say:

Book blogs are the new generators of word of mouth, advocates for publishers’ books and authors out in the world. As the world goes ever more digital (and as review pages and book sections in newspapers dwindle and disappear), you are the new tastemakers, and consumers are looking to you to tell them what books to buy and read. In addition, you’re providing new venues for our authors to present themselves, with Q&As and guest posts, etc. Publishers need to be working with you, as do booksellers, to sell more books and to find out what books people want to read.

This is your chance to help shape the conversation! Head over to Maw Books Blog BEA brainstorming post and leave her a comment with your ideas and YA specific concerns (should you have any).


Vanessa said...

I'm new to book blogging, but I cover a lot of YA, so I'll be keeping my eye on this. Thanks for the head's up!

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Hope you have a wonderful day!

Marie said...

what a cool thing!

Unknown said...

Technology has been so remarkable for YA literature, at least as far as young adults are concerned. I teach high school freshmen, and we've done a huge amount of work with online book groups. It gives kids that wouldn't normally be comfortable speaking aloud about a book (or who wouldn't necessarily have time to join a book group ... or who wouldn't want to admit to "publicly" joining a book group) a place to be. Reading blogs like this give me a great deal of food for thought : )