This week I had some news. I would say it was amazing news, if I wasn't absolutely crapping myself about it. But it is amazing news and I want to share it.
I will be at YALC this year on ONE OF THE PANELS!!!!!
Why the heck are they inviting you? I hear you screaming at the page. Well, it's because I won this!
This lovely award which I won at the beginning of the year has made all the difference. These awards were put together by author, Andy Robb. Publishers, authors and PR agents voted on them and the winners were chosen from the votes they cast.
Six winners of the 2015 UKYA Blogger Awards have been exclusively invited to take part on two panels all about blogging.
There are two panels on Sunday the 19th July.
The first panel from 12.30 till 1.15pm will be Book Blogging for Beginners, featuring Laura from Sister Spooky, Andrew from Pewter Wolf and Michelle from Tales of Yesterday.
The second panel from 1.30pm to 2.15pm will be Taking Your Blog To The Next Level and will feature Jim from YAYeahYeah and Lucy from The Queen of Contemporary and myself.
Finally we are being recognised and rewarded for our efforts as book bloggers and that is all we have ever asked for. Being a book blogger is an important part of book publicity these days, whether people agree with it or not. With the ever decreasing space for reviews in newspapers and magazines, it is becoming more and more difficult for authors to get the word out their about their books. That's one way in which we can help. We provide an invaluable service for free, all because we are passionate about books. Individually we are unique, together we are a thunderclap! We spread the word, via Twitter, blogs and Youtube, like Chinese Whispers. We all know that the minority view us negatively, but that is their choice - we can't please everyone. For the minority who hate us,as Taylor Swift likes to tell us - let the hater hate - think of the majority that love us and are glad we exist.
I'm proud to be a book blogger. It isn't an easy task and I've lost count of how many times I've wanted to give up. Just when I get to the point where I'm ready to quit, something draws me back in. I was meant to do this. I was meant to share my passion about books!
So let us represent you. Let us go there and tell everyone what is so good about book blogging. Let's celebrate what a bloody good job we do.
If you are going to YALC on the Sunday, come and join us. We will be extremely happy to be see you!