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BookExpo America 2009 introduced me to several new concepts regarding "book blogging." There was a very interesting forum going on where the publishing houses were very interested in bloggers doing reviews and linking back to works so that their readers could discover what new titles were coming out. I think if I ever had to hire help to do this the best ActiveRain group for the job would be Realtors and Friends Who Read.

I knew RAFWR did this because they love sharing their reading lists but what I didn't know was that publishing houses were actively looking for teams of bloggers to review their titles. I think that would be a mad cool way to acquire new reading material, don't you? It almost makes me want to stop paying for book club titles and volunteer from one end of the country to the other (LOL). I didn't realize how much fun blogging about books could really be (or even there was a specific employment phrase for it) until I went on a photo-shoot with Margaret Rome and stumbled across a few presentations regarding this subject.

I guess when you hang around publishers and writers you start a slow slide down that subtle shift of attitude adjustments people experience when they become part of the process instead of being on the outside looking in. If I could pick my subject I would definitely want to do children titles and fun authors who collected or created useful content that I had a love or technical interest in.

Being a tweet-peep of some very interesting individuals who use Twitter, I decided I would review a fascinating and fun book on communal writing by David Pogue except it hasn't been released yet (LOL). I remember the first time he made a serious social media impression on me was when he did a real time Twitter demo that was fun which you can read about here. My fave quote from the post regarding Twitter is "harnessing the power of the Web, the collective wisdom of strangers, in real time!"

My sole reason for making a beeline to the B D & L tables was to see what was up with the little minions fave PBS show Sesame Street. Mommies are always buying their wee people educational things. The more fun you make it the faster we'll snatch those puppies up. Ya gotta admit, it's hard to top Sesame Street. I still watch it with the kids when they are not obsessing over Disney's Cars or Sponge-bob. :-)

I love Twitter so I can't wait to read his book. While you and I are waiting for David Pogue's book to come out you can catch him as a columnist for the New York Times and on CBS News. You also can buy his tech books directly from his site here: http://davidpogue.com/books/index.html  or at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

If you want to know more about the twitter project, click here. I'm going to be talking about the BookExpo for a while. I've lots of interesting pictures and titles to blurb about (LOL). You know there's going to be another Trump University book in there somewhere. I love their stuff. Elizabeth Weintraub has a new book coming out as well regarding short sales. If you think I was a smiley faced kid with Margaret Rome's book, wait until E's book hits the shelves. :-)


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Comment balloon 5 commentsC Tann-Starr • June 04 2009 10:15PM


Neat photo Carolyn. I never heard of book blogging and for some reason, I really cannot grasp twitter. Great concept but maybe it just because I do not have the time...


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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Michael, I love hanging with AR bloggers. You learn something new every single day.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Nice photo Carolyn. I need to go to the bookstore. It has been a while. I get my books through Amazon. I downloaded NikNik's online book on Twitter. It was great.

So let us know how you like it and what you learned.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Now that's pretty picture you took at BEA. Love it and so enjoyed spending the day with you! When are you coming to Maryland?

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 11 years ago

Thank you, Missy. Will do. :-)

Margaret, I'm working on the kids' schedules, my schedule, gotta check on Lenn, Audrey and your schedules. This may take a couple of weeks to sort out (LOL). I am definitely going fishing with Lenn Harley. That is a must do. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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