The convention that comes to you – be part of *Armchair BEA*!

The convention that comes to you – be part of *Armchair BEA*!

Word’s starting to get out about this, but just in case you haven’t read about it yet: Despite how it might feel if you read a lot of book blogs, not everyone is going to BEA and/or the Book Blogger Convention later this month – and shouldn’t those of us who are staying home get to have some fun too? Late last week, some Twittering book bloggers realized that while we might not be in […]

Sunday Salon: Have you heard about *Armchair BEA*? No? Then read on!

Sunday Salon: Have you heard about *Armchair BEA*? No? Then read on!

Despite how it might feel if you read a lot of book blogs, not everyone is going to BEA and/or the Book Blogger Convention later this month – and shouldn’t those of us who are staying home get to have some fun too? As several of us were on the beloved/dreaded Twitter a few days ago lamenting our BEA-outsider status, we realized we could put a positive spin on the situation instead. We might not […]

Week-End Review: a non-automated response to links of the week!

Week-End Review: a non-automated response to links of the week!

Would you consider auto-responding to blog comments? Sharing this post from Blogher.com sparked a brief Twitter conversation with Dawn (links to my “shared items” from Google Reader are automatically tweeted): TooFondOfBooks: @florinda_3rs interesting article abt auto-responders. I think non-bloggers might feel invaded, less likely to visit/comment again (IMO) what do YOU think of it? florinda_3rs: @TooFondOfBooks Part of me likes it, part of me might be unnerved if I got one. I think I prefer […]

A book can make a difference – to me, to you, and to kids in need

A book can make a difference – to me, to you, and to kids in need

What book has had the greatest impact on your life? How can an avid, lifelong reader have only one answer to that question? I have been an independent reader since I was four years old, which makes for more than 40 years of hitting the books. Different books have affected me in different ways over lo these many years, but in roughly chronological order, I’ll highlight a few that have truly stayed with me over […]

Branding: The Next Generation…because it’s never too early to start building yours!

Branding: The Next Generation…because it’s never too early to start building yours!

Because I’m a contributor to a mom blog, I get some e-mails and pitches from marketing people that are completely unrelated to books. I ignore many of them because they’re just not applicable to my life, but sometimes one will catch my attention. This piece was sent to me by Bettina Bocheff, who handles media relations for Catchword Brand Name Development, a company that creates names for companies and products, with a short note: “I […]

A change of face: help me choose a new avatar! Plus, *THIB* tonight!

A change of face: help me choose a new avatar! Plus, *THIB* tonight!

My husband is a very good amateur photographer, but he’s always working on improving his skills. He’s been interested in pursuing portrait photography for a while, and is starting to assemble some of the tools he needs for that – backdrop, reflectors, etc. – in addition to his digital SLR camera (a Canon 5D Mark II, for those of you who know about that stuff). He spent some time testing his setups on himself this […]

Sunday Salon 5/2: The “weekend after the Festival” edition

Sunday Salon 5/2: The “weekend after the Festival” edition

Question of the Week: Does the publisher know you’ve reviewed that? Do you share links to your reviews with the publishers who provided the books? I usually don’t, and I’m wondering whether I should start doing it. When I first started receiving review copies, I usually did try to e-mail the publicist who made the book available to me and let her know when I’d posted the review…if I remembered. Things have changed over the […]