On Sunday, I attended the first ever Blog Bound Con at the Jefferson Market Library here in NYC. I found the event through Twitter, as one does. I was really excited for the three panels that I registered to attend. Since this was the first time the event was being held, I wasn't quite sure what it was going to be like. Let me just say, it was incredible. I loved every aspect of the event and I hope that they decide to host it again next year.
Funny enough, all three of the panels that I signed up for were in the same room. So I planted myself for 4 hours in a chair. It felt like being back in school.
I was really excited to see Brittany from Brittany's Book Rambles and Lili from Lili's Reflections, we had very similar schedules, and sat in on the same panels.
Panel 1: Blogging Diversely
Moderated by Zoraida Cordova featuring Kaye M., Camryn Garrett, and Michael Waters.
Their discussion centered around own voices and the importance of representation. It was incredible hearing from young adults who have accomplished so much in their writing. They were so well spoken and knowledgable on the issues in publishing. Zoriada Cordova was great at fostering the conversation and adding her own opinion.
Panel 2: Using Blogging in Your Career
Moderated by Julianne Daly, featuring Shae McDaniel, DJ DeSmyter, and Estelle Hallick
Of the three panels, this one was the one that I was most looking forward to because it relates most to me. I am a blogger who aspires to work in the publishing industry after graduation. I received a lot of great insights from the speakers. I really connected with what Shae had to say bout her own experience. This industry is really competitive and I hope that being a book blogger is an asset for me in the future.
Panel 3: Publicists and Bloggers
Moderated by Nicole Brinkley, featuring Ksenia Winnicki, Lizzy Mason, and Emma Carbone
I really loved this panel. As someone who one day wants to work as a publicist, it was great hearing from Ksenia and Lizzy about their jobs. I liked the discussion about publicity being discussed between bloggers, librarian, and publicists.
After this panel, during the BYOT social, I got the chance to talk to Ksenia which was really great.
I only allowed myself to take books that I knew I would read. I didn't want to take ARCs from newer bloggers who don't have the same opportunities that I do for ARCs. I took home The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid, The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras, and Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley.
Chelsea, one of the co-owners of My Book Box, was there at the event. I am currently interning for My Book Box and had a lot of fun talking about the box with bloggers. If you are interested in My Book Box you can used the code DANA for 15% off your first box!