Armchair BEA discussing Networking

Armchair BEA

“For Day 3, we want you to share your positive experiences of using your blog to get involved in your community.  This can involve partnerships with the local literary scene, attending author events and signings, or getting together with bloggers in your area.  We want to hear it all!”

I don’t have a positive experience, but I didn’t want to ignore this post because of that, that wouldn’t be fair.
So consider this a Public Service Announcement to potential authors or even bookstore owners or librarians who work with the humble blogger.

Here’s my experience:
Once upon a time, in August of 2009, I was really into the blogging aspect of  my little book blog. Nowadays, I have simply been immersed in my review schedule rather than thinking of ways to network outside the norm. Working full-time, raising two kids, (youngest is starting Kindergarten in August!!), reviewing for the Historical Novel Society all has me pretty busy. When am I supposed to cook and do laundry?

So, networking in the community has been zilch.

But.. I tried. I really tried. I really feel like I went over, above and beyond to feature a local author in my little area of Texas. I recorded a speech she did at our local library, and I uploaded it to my blog in three separate posts. “So You Wanna Get Published” part one, two and three.

She spoke of her Publishing, Writing and Marketing Journey, a fabulous tool for newbie writers. And she promoted the workshops that she spearheaded and charged money for, etc. And I recorded all her person advertisements and uploaded it to my blog, free of charge for her.

I feel like I spent a lot of time on this series, and I felt like it was an awesome promotion opportunity for the author. I stayed up late trying to get the posts just right.. you get the point.

I worked hard on it.

And I barely got a thank you from the author.

And this author is very very very very socially online. So she had lots of opportunity to add a link here and there to the videos I created of HER. To the posts I did spotlighting HER. And nothing, zilch, zero, slap in my face.

Once bitten twice shy, they say.

And well, now the videos wherever I uploaded them to are gone off into cyberspace never to be seen again. Because they were too big to go to YouTube, they were long videos and I didn’t want to have to separate out the posts into a zillion little videos, and I used a now obsolete service. At this point, I see YouTube would have been the way to go. Live and learn.

As you can see, three years later, it still hurts that I didn’t get the recognition I felt I deserved for the free promotion for this author. So, if you are an author faced with an opportunity to work with a blogger who is promoting your image for free, please be nice and say thank you. And ya know, a free book would be nice, too. (We see you have piles of them there on the table as we record you.)

Speaking of FREEE BOOOKSSSS .. YES! Please see my giveaway post, because I am giving away tons of them. Hurry, because it is an Armchair BEA Giveaway, and ends soon!

And hey, bloggers… Thank you. You’re awesome. Keep up the good work.



Filed under Armchair BEA, Why I Blog

12 responses to “Armchair BEA discussing Networking

  1. Oh. That must have been awful. I'm sorry to hear that :/ So much work and niether a thank you. That sucks :/ I hope the next months, years will bring you more good experience with this kind of stuff 😉 🙂 Enjoy aBEA! And hope to see you at the Twitter party!! 😉

  2. Oh my goodness, after all that work, nothing at all! How horrible! I'm so sorry that it happened to you! Amanda

  3. Did the author know you were doing a series on her? Just curious. If you sent her the link then I totally agree that she should have thanked you. I suppose the lesson is to involve the author more if you want to do a feature to avoid putting in so much work and the person is not grateful. Maybe her social presense online now has been a growing experience and she doesn't realize the faux pas she committed when she slighted you. As you say, we live and learn. Even in 3 years time I think more authors have become savvy about blog tours and things so they have materials ready for bloggers to post. I just participated in a book launch for someone and literally all I had to do was copy + paste the code into my blogger and schedule the post. She made it so easy!Thanks for sharing your story.

  4. Yes, Stephsco, I tweeted to the Author, perhaps DM'd her even, and I had also Emailed her the links to each exact post.

  5. Oh I am so sorry to hear about your experience. It is hard to network outside, especially when you have so much else going on in your life. I'm glad to hear you learned from it though and that you didn't let something like that discourage you.

  6. I am sorry that your experience was so hurtful.

  7. I'm so sorry that your experience was so bad =( That's a lot of work to do without any recognition.

  8. What a pity your author collaboration didn't work out! I'm sure they're not all like that. Maybe it would be fun for you to meet up with some other bloggers (I enjoy that a lot).

  9. I guess some authors are just like that. I've had great experiences working with new selfpublishing authors that I met on bookblogs.ning. Don't be discouraged just by that one person. =) -Melissa @Harley Bear Book Blog

  10. Ouch! That is just painful to read! I am sorry that happened to you!

  11. That is a bummer. That sounds like it could ahve been such a beneficial post series for a lot of people, since so many bloggers seem to be aspiring writers.

  12. Marie, I am so sorry that person couldn't just give you a simple thank you! How rude and rally what a user! Karma will get her, i know it. I would still be hurting too if I was you. I know you pour your heart and soul into things.The networking thing can be hard because we have things in life we need to attend to, hello children and paying jobs! So we do the best we can and we know who our peeps are 😉

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