This week I had the good fortune to attend the Penguin Random House National Book Bloggers Forum in Sydney. My time there just flew by and I haven’t really had time yet to process everything. However, I thought I’d share my five (5) fave things about forum:
5. Random House offices
My last couple of government workplaces were pretty groovy (unlike their predecessors!). Indeed my final workplace (6 star energy-rated building) reminded me a bit of the Random House office space, which was just gorgeous and seemed like a great place to work – open, modern and designed with creative personalities in mind.
4. Goodie bags
At the moment I predominantly get online books for review purposes, so getting the real thing was kinda strange.
(Though I was tempted to also steal the new Karin Slaughter book from the shelves. But didn’t… I swear!)
3. The guest speakers
We had the opportunity to hear from three authors: Sneh Roy, Judy Nunn and Bruce McCabe, who all had very different journeys to publication. Sneh is a food blogger whose recipe book, Tasty Express, was released in April. Judy has 12 books under her belt and talked about finding inspiration; while Bruce self-published before being ‘discovered’ by an agent.
— Debbish (@debbishdotcom) May 20, 2014
2. Other book reviewers and bloggers
Many of my friends and family like reading. Some even love it, but I rarely meet anyone whose passion matches my obsessiveness. Until #NBBF14 that is, when I met a few dozen. Some may only read a book a week, others inhale even more than my 3-4/week but on the whole everyone there LOVED books and reading. Many also wish to write or are already writers. And our taste varied, although I was surprised at the number of lovers of Young Adult and Fantasy fiction – which seem to have sub-genres which eluded me (ie. #WTF are ‘dystopian’ novels?).
1. The passion of those involved in the industry
However after hearing the enthusiasm in the voices of the Penguin and Random House peeps presenting upcoming books and talking about their work I was left in no doubt about their passion and enthusiasm for the industry (and which – incidentally – was undoubtedly my fave part of the day!).
I’m now left with an array of new Twitter and blogging friends and have committed to develop a little action plan to take my book blogging to the next level.
Of course I should mention that the jaunt to Sydney wasn’t as bad as I expected, although North Sydney Rydges gets a big ‘F’ for #pillowFAIL with only large puffy pillows. As expected I had to go pillow-less, occasionally trying a folded bath towel. #Hmph!
For those interested in learning more about the forum or following others who blog about books, check out the list of attendees.
Do you take a while to process things when a heap of new stuff is thrown at you? (Surely it’s not just me… she asks hopefully?!)
Thanks to Penguin Random House or organising the forum and to the presenters and participants for such a great day!
As it’s Friday I’m flogging my blog With Some Grace today.