Armchair BEA – Day 4: Beyond the Blog
June 7, 2012 33 Comments
Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. This week, June 4th to June 8th, there are celebrations for those who stay at home rather than make it to New York. Look out for a new post every day from me!
Today, we’re talking about the perks of book blogging – did it it open doors that were closed to us before we started the blog?
Book bloggers get lots of free books, if they want: publishers will send them to us, we download them from Netgalley if they let us, we find other ways to get free or cheap books, it’s books galore!
For me, other than that, very little came out of book blogging so far. Before I continue, I should mention that I will talk about my Dutch blog in this respect, rather than Leeswammes’ Blog. The Dutch blog is the one that talks to my national community. Via that blog, I came into contact with people from the local library, where I was going to be a “special interest” volunteer, helping with projects. They have been so busy that I haven’t slotted in properly yet, so this is still in its infancy and I lost interest a bit, to be fair.
Book review sites
I do not want to be involved in writing for on-line newspapers or websites if I don’t get paid for it, so I haven’t pursued that option. There have been a few vacancies in the past for jobs like that, that I could have applied for. You see, I spend a lot of time on my blog as it is (for no pay), and I don’t want to read and review for anyone else if I don’t see some hard currency in return! 🙂
Press mailing llist
I did get myself on a (book) press email listing, which means that I get invites to book launches and other bookish events. I enjoy that I get these so I know what’s going on in the Dutch book world, but I don’t know to what extend I, small-time book blogger, am really invited to these things. Do they send these emails to just anyone? Or do they know they are sending them to book bloggers and they really would like me there? You see the problem? I may show up and they’ll say “Hey you, mite, what are you doing here?”.
My cunning plan
So, my first line of attack is getting some business cards which I still don’t have because I didn’t know whether to make them for 2 blogs or just the one. Of course, I’m meeting mostly Dutch people, so I now realise the business cards should be for my Dutch blog, with maybe a link to my English blog somewhere on it, as well.
Having done that, I may visit a book launch that I expect to attract a lot of people – so chances are no one will bother me with their “Hey you, should you be here?”. If they do challenge me after all, I’ll give them my business card rather than say “Erm…”. And I’ll take it from there. What you say?
I’d love to be a book editor. I think. Maybe I’d find it boring, but it sounds really good. Other than that, I’d love a paid job as a book scout, reading foreign (English) books for a publisher to help them decide whether they should publish it (in translated form). Maybe, one day.