Sunday Salon: Alert the Media!

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I seem to be doing a bit of waffling lately. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to the BEA Bloggers Conference or the Book Blog UNCon–I’ve registered for both and may end up trying to split the difference. I hadn’t signed up for next weekend’s 24-Hour Readathon because I couldn’t decide whether I’d do that or go to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (which I missed last year).

On Friday evening, I got an e-mail that made the second choice much easier. I’m going to the Festival of Books…as press. My request for a media credential was approved!

2012 LAT Festival of Books official logo

I’m not sure book bloggers think of ourselves as “media” (unless it involves press passes to BEA, maybe?), so I have to thank one of my co-contributors at MomsLA for bringing up the topic of applying for press credentials for the LATFoB–I wouldn’t have thought of it myself. (This is one example of why it’s good to get outside of your niche.) I’ve blogged about the LATFoB before–and I would again, even without the credential. It’s a (mostly) free event, and I’ll still have to buy my own books. But the credential gets me the press kit–which should help me make my posts about the event better–access to the press room, and entry to any and all of the panels. (Panel tickets became available to the general public this morning.) That last item is the one I most appreciate.

If you’re going to the Festival of Books next weekend, please let me know–I’d love to meet up!

Getting back to BEA for a minute: Last week, I begged for votes in the Independent Book Blogger Awards on Goodreads. Voting remains open until next Monday, and I would greatly appreciate yours in the Adult Nonfiction category!

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And speaking of voting–thanks to everyone who weighed in on last Sunday’s “Which e-book should I read?” poll. The winner (by a wide margin) was Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein. I started it in my Kindle app yesterday, and expect to continue today–if all goes well, there will be a review up some time next week. Today I’ll also be working on a June review for Shelf Awareness (I thought it was for May, but the pub date changed. I may not end up with any May reviews there. Oh well.)

What are your bookish plans this Sunday?

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