June, she approacheth! Which means BEA (BookExpo America), SHE approacheth! And attached to BEA we have bloggery-type thingys. Jeff over at The Reading Ape is organizing a Book Blogger Unconference, the goal being to have a small, conversation-driven event with a more "for us, by us" type of feel. Participants decide the panel topics (and run the panel topics, natch), resulting in an organic event with sure-to-be relevant shtuff happening. Also, the Unconference is free. So there's that. The Uncon is Monday, June 4th. If you want more info, check out the Uncon's website.
(Of course, the regular Book Blogger Conference will also be happening, if you want something bigger and more industry-focused with more presentation-style sessions. I just like the grass-roots feel of the Uncon myself. And the freeness. If you're going to a book blogger event to meet publishing types or just want something more formal, BBC is your jam.)
There's been a call for bloggers participating in the Uncon to talk about what kind of sessions they would like to see. I've been thinking about it all day and all I've really been able to come up with is how much I realllllyyy want some feta cheese right now. I'm easily distractible. In between cravings for feta cheese, I've had a few thoughts:
1. AUTHORS ARE ON TWITTER, EGADS! They've never been so accessible. Gone are the days of the unassailable hermit author (mostly, and only for authors who want to sell books and aren't already Stephen King). What does it mean for us to be able to talk to them so readily? Does it change how we review, knowing that they could yell at us (and some do)? Does it change how we feel about author intent, since we can, you know, ASK?
2. SPEAKING OF NEGATIVE REVIEWS, let's talk about that. We love the snark around here, but the recipients of that snark are dead and don't care. I don't know how scathing I'd be willing to be if the author was still alive and around with feelings and such. Where's the line between negative-hepful-for-readers and negative-just-being-an-ass-because-I-found-a-great-GIF?
3. DOLLA DOLLA BILLS YA'LL (Monetization) BUT- not necessarily a how-to sort of thing, but a WHY/WHY NOT sort of thing. Does it alienate readers when you monetize? Do people who monetize love books less than people who "are just doing it out of the love of literature" or whatnot? What are the ethical stuff people who monetize need to consider (like reviewing books from publishers who want to advertise with you, etc.)?
That's what I've got. If you have THOUGHTS about what would make a good session, stop over at the Uncon Prospective Sessions page and let them know. For shizzle.