kidlitcon 09 part two: your inner blogger, advice for blogging authors, and social media tips


         Pamela Coughlan, Conference Organizer

In KidLitCon 09 Part One, I featured some of the brilliant and amazing authors and book reviewers I met, because they were really my primary reason for going. It’s always fun (and sometimes surprising) to finally see the people behind the blogs.

Maureen Kearney blogs at Confessions of a Bibliovore. What secret is Cornelius sharing?

Speaking of brilliant and amazing, a big thank you to Pam Coughlan (MotherReader) for making the conference possible through all her hard work, perseverance, good humor, patience, and ingeniousness. In addition to setting up all the inspiring and informative panel discussions, she pulled off the coup of all coups by inviting a representative from the FTC to address our widespread panic concerns about how their new Endorsement Guidelines will affect book bloggers. Suffice to say, a collective sigh of relief has now blanketed the kidlitosphere because of Mary Engle’s reassuring words.

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kidlitcon 09 part one: some peeps


So, Cornelius and I spent Saturday hobnobbing at the Kidlit Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Here he is greeting the one and only Ellsworth of Ellsworth’s Journal. This was a rare pleasure, because we’ve been fans of Ellsworth, her co-blogger, Winchester the Cat, and The Writer (Candice Ransom) for quite some time.

Candice (prolific author of more than 100 books!) and I had met before, but hadn’t seen each other for many years. What fun it was to compare notes about the many ups and downs of blogging and trying to keep abreast of the whole social networking thing. And, there are some uncanny similaries between us: we’re about the same age (28) ☺, bear collectors/antique lovers, long-time residents of Virginia, we both had gotten up at 4 a.m. that morning, ate the very same thing for lunch, and left the conference at the same time. Oh, and, you know the woods around our house I always talk about? They just happen to be the very same ones Candice grew up in, where she collected chestnut acorns, sat on big logs and made up her first stories! How cool is that?

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come and join the fun!


Where will you be on Saturday, October 17, 2009?

I’ll be at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, attending my very first Kidlitosphere Conference!

In the two years I’ve been blogging, I’ve only been able to meet a handful of the many people I’ve connected with online. It’ll be fun to compare online personas with in-person personalities. What do their voices sound like? Do any of them have accents? Are they really as nice as they seem online? And how do some of them manage to read and review so many dang books and still lead normal lives?

Yes, I’m quite curious about the attendees, but I’m also excited about the great sessions Pam (MotherReader) has lined up. There’s still time to register and lock in the discount hotel rate of $109/night, so if you’d like to join us, please do!

Here’s more from Pam:

For authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers in the area of children’s and Young Adult literature, the KidLitosphere Conference on October 17th in Arlington, Virginia, offers an incredible opportunity to learn more about online reviewers, blog book tours, blog writing, and social media. Participants will also talk to forty book reviewing bloggers one-on-one about their books in a Meet the Author session. The dinner gives everyone a chance to socialize, talk, network, and collaborate. And all for a low $100 registration fee that includes breakfast and dinner.

Featured sessions for authors/illustrators include:

  • It’s Not All About Your Book: Writing Ideas for Author Blogs
  • Social Networking for Fun (and Profit?)
  • Building a Better Online Presence with Blogging

And several more sessions in the 8:00–5:00 p.m day. Attending authors will have the opportunity to set up a table and show their books to bloggers and promote fall titles. The small conference size allows for more chances for interaction among attendees.

Registration has been extended, so for more information and to register visit the conference page. Discount hotel rates are also available.


I really hope you’re going. I would love to meet you!!

Click here for a more detailed post about the conference from MotherReader.