Here are the pictures from Book Expo (I didn’t get a lot): Al Franken and Marc Maron! They were both funny as hell! The slide show is other phots from their talk. My Book Expo gets 🙂 More shots from Book Expo in the Slideshow Pictures with Friends (thank god they took them because I was horrible remembering my phone has a camera) Audies –More pictures in the slideshow!! Pictures with Narrators including but not limited too: Karen White, Angela Dawe, Cris Dukehart, Helen Lloyd, Anne Flosnik, Traci Odem, Xe Sands, Tanya Eby, Sarah Mollo-Christensen and Many More ! Other Random NY Shots and Travel Shots Save Save Save
Category: Blogger Confession
It has been awhile since I have done one of these but I feel this post will probably be more of a Confession than anything else. I could have titled it “How I went to NY, felt like a bit of a fraud (yet didn’t) but enjoyed every minute of it”—however that was a little too long. Buckle up because this is going to be long, probably won’t stay on topic, and the pictures will be in a separate post–so you can skip it all together if you like visuals! I will say that I am hoping this post will help those that have crisis in whether or not this blogging, vloggin, podcasting, booktubing, bookstagram, etc is really worth it. Also I am pretty sure I misspelled half of those—sorry 🙂 Also before I get to any of it: A very special thank you to Stephanie for being my person for the 3 days. Also Joc (AudioFlow), I know we just met but having you at both Happy Hours made me feel like we are now forever Partners in Crime. Confession Part (then the rest is really the happy crazy stuff) So this year I won The Audiobook Blogger of the Year Award from the APA and at the time I couldn’t think of what to say. Last year when I got runner up I knew what to say but this year was a bit different. I wrote the Love Letter to the community because that is how I feel about everyone. It was sappy but truly you guys are a bright shining light in my world. The community is fantastic, awesome, weird, wild, crazy, and downright one of the best communities to be part of. From the listeners to the authors (that embrace their audio) to the narrators and all the crew behind the scenes that bring the stories to life. Just hands down, the most welcoming book community ever (romance is a close second–very close). I didn’t know what to say because there was a point last year where I really thought about (was 2 days from) quitting. Some people know this, some people don’t. My hosting was up in September, I wasn’t sure it was worth the time, drama because even the best communities have that, or effort anymore. I was really burnt out on writing reviews, hearing bad things about bloggers, and from a technology POV wondering if blogs themselves were too much for the ADD tech world. I am not talking about people but technology is going to the get it built, delivered, processed in short easy bursts in general. So what I do for a living was really making me think about where (or if) I wanted to continue doing this and if I did, how would I continue. To be honest, I don’t have a solid answer for that. I now have 3 more years to figure that out (though I did move hosts). My reviews have gotten shorter. I have played around […]
Last Thursday, I got the news that I won the APA Blogger of the Year Award. I have been speechless since then which means it is a good thing I couldn’t say anything till now —cause Y’all it is freaking amazing and a little bit weird. Who knew that a hobby about something I love would equal industry awards? It is an honor and something that I am still processing. However, I can totally tell you how great the runner-ups are: Shelf Addiction and Audiobook Reviewer. The Audiobook community is a very supportive community and just sharing space with these two is a total honor. They are well deserving and totally worth following. Go forth and find out for yourself! Instead of trying to come up with an appropriate way to say Thank You (mostly cause I don’t think I have the words for it–and on a side-note I am NEVER judging a winner of an award again that can’t come up with a good speech). I am going to write a love letter to Audiobooks and all those involved! My dearest Audiobooks, I love you with all my heart! You have gotten me through sad times, happy times, tough times, and blocked out the outside world when I needed it most. You have brought me joy, made me cry, moved me deeply, and made me laugh out loud to the point that people are all like “what are you listening too”. I can’t imagine my life without you in it. You have been there since the early 70s in the form of records that gave me my first crushes (The Hardy Boys and their mysteries) and my first fantasy with Pete’s Dragon and The Hobbit. You followed me into the 80s where we would rent Books on Tape from Truck Stops as we traveled in the summers to wherever my dad’s job took him. During that time you mostly scared the crap out of me with the likes of Stephen King, James Patterson, and Micheal Crichton. However, I also snuck in my beloved Romance so I had my fair share of Pirates, Cowboys, and Epic Adventures. In the 90s, you were my savior when I had the longest commutes of life and was learning how to be an Adult. I listened to pretty much anything I could get my hands on. Since 2000, your quality has increased ten fold! You have brought me new rock stars (narrators and authors) and you have been there through the many changes we have as adults. Mostly though you have given me a community where I feel loved and cherished. The friends I have made through the Audiobook community are priceless. The Rock Stars aka Narrators and Authors I have met and fangirled over have never made me feel weird for thinking they are truly celebrities. In other words Audiobooks , you are my portal into my fandom and I love you for that! My dearest Narrators, What can I say! Twice a […]
Hi Guys! In May I will be going to RT17 and on a panel with Karen White (Home Cooked Books, Audiobook Narrator) , Michele Cobb (Insatiable Press, Publisher) , and Viviana Izzo (Enchantress Design & Promo, Publicist/Marketing Director) called Where is Your Listening Audience?
So I want to hear what you are listening for in a narrator? For romance and erotica specifically–what are your biggest pet peeves, must haves, and make you melt qualifications for narrators?
Here are mine to get the ball rolling…