B-Fest was hosted nation wide this weekend with fun activities, author signings and panels at different Barnes & Nobles locations. I was lucky enough to be invited on a panel at Barnes & Noble Tribeca with the lovely Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, Brittany from Brittany's Book Rambles, and Nicole and Sophie from Quality Fangirls.
I received an email from Fallon, the amazing events coordinator at the Tribeca location, in April about this event before B-Fest was announced. I wasn't sure if this was real, but I was interested asked for more information. Fallon shared the details of the event and then asked if I would be interested in promoting the event and perhaps being on the panel. I said yes and then received an email that the lovely ladies aforementioned would be on the panel as well. This past semester was really difficult for me and I didn't keep up with my blog as much as I would have liked so I definitely felt really insecure about being in this group of amazing bloggers, but also really honored to be included.
So I got there super early expecting to run into traffic from the Puerto Rican Day Parade, but alas that didn't happen and I had so much time to kill so I just wandered around the books.
Each of us got the chance to recommend three YA books and they were displayed on this table. My recommendations were Illuminae, The Problem with Forever, and The Winner's Curse.
On the table there was a print of the promotional picture of the event, THERE IS MY FACE!!
We all found each other wandering the store and talked in the green room before the event about blogging, books, and being nervous. It was great getting to know each other. We already have so much in common that it made talking so easy.
The the panel started. We had a few young bloggers in the audience as well as Brittany's family and Alexa's husband. That definitely lowered my nerves because it felt more like a conversation amongst friends then this big thing.
|Photo Credit: Michella @Mic_Domenici|
Fallon had questions and topics prepared, these are the ones that we touched upon during the discussion:
- How/Why you started your blog
- Creating an online voice/persona/is that something you do?
- First reviews
- What would you do differently starting your blog now that you have experience doing it?
- Reviewing formats: how do you write and structure your reviews? Do you give ratings?
- Entertaining posts: content other than reviews to engage readers
- Techy-stuff: blog design
- Social media engagement: your tips/tricks
- Obtaining ARCs and Galleys
- Participating in the blogger community
|Photo Credit: Alexa @ AlexaLovesBooks We took a group picture!|
This event was so much fun. I loved that there is a clear appreciation for YA from Barnes & Noble. It was amazing to be invited to be on this panel and I loved being in the presence of these fantastic bloggers. I hope B-Fest happens again next year.