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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armchair BEA - Topic of the day: Nurturing blogging relationships

The one thing I have probably enjoy best about blogging about books is the interaction and relationships that I have encountered and built with fellow bloggers, authors, and publicists.

When I started book reviewing, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, there wasn't any real social media - Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter were a long way off, so communication was limited to book publicists from the major publishing houses.

But now days, with instant communications, the relationships between reviewer, publicists and authors can become as intimate as any of the parties want. 

I know there are a lot of people who say "oh, you can't be impartial if you become friends with an author!" Pffffttttt, I say!  Personally, I count among some of my dearest friends authors that I have reviewed, including Beth Hoffman, Rebecca Rasmussen, CurtissAnn Matlock, and Sarah Jio.

There have been publicists who have helped me along with way and have become friends, including Seale Ballenger and Pam Jaffee at Harper Collins, Nancy Berland of Nancy Berland Public Relations, Dorothy Thompson of Pump Up Your Book Promotion, and Crystal Patriarche of Book Sparks.

And as I noted yesterday, fellow book review bloggers are high on my list of favorite people - we give each other advice, help with blogging problems, give tips on new books coming out ... and just have a great time talking about our favorite subject - BOOKS!

In short, the whole purpose of book blogging, in my opinion, is to have fun and to share your love of reading and books!  So ENJOY!!!!!


Lazy Girl said...

I'm so glad to read you post. And you definitely made me laugh out loud about dinosaurs roaming the earth when you started book reviewing haha!

I haven't reached the level where I know publishers and things but I would imagine it would be hard for me to give a less than shining review for someone who supplied me with the book!

Mary said...

From a fellow dinosaur... great post, Sharon :-)

Sherry said...

How long have you been blogging? I've been doing this since 2003, and I feel as if I'm one of those dinos. It's kind of fun to see how things have developed and changed.

By the way, the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon is a good way to nurture relationships with other bloggers and get your reviews noticed.


Aine Greaney said...

As an author, I must admit that I stepped into BOOKBLOGVILLE very cautiously and a bit ... well, terrified. But you made me feel so comfortable, Sharon, and ... it took off from there. It's been a fabulous opportunity to emerge out of my hole and chat with book lovers, coast to coast. Authors are readers first.