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Armchair BEA | Day 3 | Networking

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Check out my other Armchair BEA posts!

Armchair BEA | Day 1 | Introduction

Armchair BEA | Day 2 | Best of 2012

Armchair BEA | Day 2 | Giveaway | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Day 3 of Armchair BEA brings you a great topic! NETWORKING! Today’s topic is specifically networking IRL.

Don’t forget to visit Armchair BEA’s site for details on another Twitter party as well as guest posts by Emily from Emily’s Reading Room, Tif from Tif Talks Books and Pam from Bookalicious.

Networking IRL or lack there of…

It’s not a secret to those who know me that I’m a slight introvert. I have a mild case of social anxiety that makes it difficult for me to walk up to someone, whether they’re a stranger or someone I’ve known for years, and start a conversation. I would rather hang back and let them carry on with their day.

Therefore, when it comes to networking in real life I don’t do much of it at all. I do share my favorite books or talk about books with my close friends as well as family members. I have left books at work for my co-workers to grab if they want.

I have suggested to others walking around the same section as me in Borders (RIP) a book I’ve enjoyed. But since there is no longer a Borders near me I don’t go to a brick and mortar bookstore any more. The closest I get is the not so awesome book aisle at Wal-mart.

For me my networking happens online nearly exclusively. I much prefer it that way. Maye it would be different if I lived in a larger city.

Attending Author Events or Conferences

I have gone to a few author signings that were happening locally but that hardly comes up with authors I’m intersted in. I’ve thought of traveling a few times to go see Maggie Stiefvater.

I have been lucky to attend a few BEAs in the past though. I am actually going to BEA tomorrow! So I guess I’ll be doing a bit of face to face networking. You can check out my previous BEA experiences if you’re interested.


Wife, mother of a nearly 7 year old daughter named Madison and new baby boy Riley. Avid reader on my Amazon Kindle. World of Warcraft and CS:S gamer.

8 thoughts on “Armchair BEA | Day 3 | Networking

  1. Hi, I’m definitely an introvert too and agree that I do a majority of my networking on line. (where I have more time to think about what I write and say.) 🙂

  2. I can relate to your comment about being an introvert. I’m actually an extremely outgoing person…after taking that first step. But it’s taking that first step that’s so difficult for me.

    I am, however, quite jealous of your opportunity to attend BEA. I would say that definitely qualifies as networking! Enjoy!!

  3. Like Maria, I find taking that first step quite difficult, but can tend to strike up a conversation if I am waiting in a queue or something like that.

    Have fun at BEA!

  4. Hey – we’re Walma buddies.. that’s the closest “book store” to me as well. The first step is hard, but once you start talking books you may find things get a bit easier – I’ve been there as well.

  5. I sort of prefer the internet networking. You can reach people you’d never be able to meet otherwise. Some of the best recommendations I’ve gotten have been from people in Canada.

    Enjoy your day at BEA!

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