Armchair BEA 2012 - Day Three - Networking... In Real Life

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Day Three - Networking... In Real Life?!

Today's post isn't going to be a long one. We are supposed to be sharing our "real life" experiences with books -  Either by way of your own partnerships in your community, a book signing you went to or possibly even a get together with fellow book bloggers (to quote the Armchair BEA schedule).

Unfortunately for me, I don't have a whole lot to share. In Perth, Australia, we don't really have any "indie" book shops for me to partner with. We have a few second-hand book stores, and a couple specialty ones, but that is about it. I would love to support a local bookstore, but we just don't really have them. We used to have 3 major book retailers, now we have 1. As for book signings, we don't really get them either. Not for YA authors anyway. I am lucky enough, that my favourite author, Melina Marchetta, will be in my state in September so I am hoping to meet her then! I have only been blogging for 4 months and have only met one book blogger from Perth online. It is sad that there aren't more, but I can see why. Perth has nothing. I'd be better moving over to Sydney or Melbourne - Perhaps one day.

But despite all this, I have made some fantastic online friends for which I am truly grateful. I didn't realise how much I would enjoy blogging when I started, so for me for now, Networking online is the greatest thing for me!



Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day Four - Beyond the Blog!


Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student

3 comments:

  1. We only have chain bookstores too over here in the Gold Coast too. And now that Borders are gone I don't really know where many booksignings are happening.

    I'm excited for you to get to meet Melina Marchetta! I met her 8 years ago and she was lovely. I probably came across as a stuttering fangirl but she was really nice.

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  2. i used to work for a Living Books, Inc in small town Saskatchewan. They distribute books across Canada through individual sellers, and about once a year, in September they have a big 2 day deal with seminars and they bring in 1 or 2 authors then to meet their staff. What a joy to meet Brock Thoene, Karen Kingsbury, Lauraine Snelling, Janette Oke, just to name a very few of the ones i've met over the years. Other than that, i haven't even heard of meet and greet authors in Western Canada, though there might be some

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  3. True that! It's the same here in my city in the Philippines. But the online friends? There's nothing that can absolutely compare to the awesomeness of people like them ; )

    Happy Day Three of ArmchairBEA to you!

    My entry to the ArmchairBEA topic networking

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