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TLA Recap + Library Conference Tips for Book Bloggers

Hi Friends! In my In My Mailbox post this past Sunday, I shared all the books I received at the TLA (Texas Library Association) conference that I got signed last Thursday. I wanted to take some time to actually share the events of what happened at TLA and a few tips for any of you […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:34 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This event looks like so much fun (and definitely is sort of like BEA)! I wish I could have gone so we could hang out ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love your tips, by the way, and think that they’ll definitely be useful to people who attend conferences.

April 29, 2012 - 9:05 am

Shelve It: Books Bought, Borrowed, etc. - […] 4/24 book release: a review of Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers. Magan gives you the dirt on TLA (the good kind) + provides some tips for those hoping to attend future conferences. Melissa C. […]

April 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Love the pictures! It’s so amazing that you got to meet Jessi Kirby and Veronica Roth.

This was such a great post. I haven’t been to a book conference/event like this (yet!), but I’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind! Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

April 27, 2012 - 5:34 am

VeganYANerds - Great post, Magan! I love all of the photos of you with the authors you met, you look so happy, I bet it was a lot of fun!

And your offer some great tips for other bloggers going to these type of events!

April 26, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Love this post so. much. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fantastic tips, Magan!! It was so awesome hanging out with you, and I hope to get to do it again soon!

April 26, 2012 - 11:47 am

Katy Manck (BooksYALove) - Great post, Magan! As a long-time TLA member, recently-retired school librarian, and first-year book blogger, I appreciate knowing that bloggers & librarians understand their relationship with publishers & with authors.

It’s win-win-win as long as we all get the right book into the hands of the right reader, whether it’s through a blog post, a book talk at the library, or an author signing at a bookstore.

Let’s continue to be professional and upbeat in this together (and show folks that the stinkers who put ARCs up on eBay right after ALA Midwinter are the minority that we’re trying to re-educate).

Happy reading, happy blogging, happy people!
**Katy M
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April 26, 2012 - 11:19 am

margie c {the bumble girl} - Oh, Magan! How thoughtful of you to share all of this with us! I will be driving in for BEA this year, my first time! Unfortunately, I am only able to go in for ONE day! and I have been so very nervous as to what I should wear, what to expect and where to go. Mostly I’m hoping to meet other book bloggers ๐Ÿ™‚
These tips are so very helpful, thank you so much!

April 26, 2012 - 11:02 am

Magan - Elena! You should definitely go to a conference! They’re a ton of fun and the networking is unbelievable. I’ve met some INCREDIBLE people at the conferences. Regarding the whole ‘look like a teenager thing’ – it really boils down to professionalism. I met some teenagers at TLA that acted more grown up than the adults did. It’s all in how you present yourself. Come to ALA in June, please? I want to meet you!!!

April 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

elena - Ahh Magan, this post is SO helpful and perfect! I’ve thought about attending a book conference before but haven’t made the plunge yet since it requires plane tickets & hotels. I really want to go to one when I’m more comfortable with blogging but wasn’t sure about them in general. Your tips are fantastic, definitely bookmarking for if I ever go in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, the “don’t look like a teen” thing can’t apply to me because I still get asked if I would like the children’s menu in restaurants…sigh.

I also really love all the pictures you shared! I wonder what made you blush and you look lovely in all of them!

April 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

Magan - Thanks, Anna! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

April 26, 2012 - 10:57 am

Anna - Love this. All of this.

April 26, 2012 - 10:50 am

Magan - Haha, April! I try. So hard. I just want to raise up the book blogging community and we’ll do that by acting professional. Sometimes we get a bad rep for people who just want to take. I think it’s about figuring out what we can give back, ya know?

Thanks, love! ๐Ÿ™‚

April 26, 2012 - 10:45 am

Magan - Ginger, I’m going to cry… it was so, so awesome for me, too! I MISS YOU! I wish we could rewind and do the whole day all over again. Cannot wait for the next time we get to hang out! Love you, lady! xoxo

April 26, 2012 - 10:44 am

April Books & Wine - You are so profesh, I LOVE IT. And I am glad to know I associate with people like you.

Solid tips lady, solid tips.

Also the pic with Ginger? Too cute for words!

April 26, 2012 - 10:36 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Wow! Your tips are so spot on. I will definitely be sharing this post with others ๐Ÿ™‚ You did a fabulous job of highlighting some very important things to consider when attending a book event like TLA.

Oh man, I had SO MUCH FUN with you!!! That day is probably one of my most favorite book moments to date ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for making it special! Love you!!!

April 26, 2012 - 10:29 am

Karen - Excellent post!