How Do You Stay Connected to the Book Community?
I resisted Twitter for a long time but now I love it. I’m super picky about who I put on my feed though so there is no drama or negativity. I love Twitter parties like those through #historicalfix and #ttwibrat (Travel the World in Books Read a Thon).
I follow a few authors who are interesting.
Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) is a fantasy writer who is a prolific twitter user. He talks about geek issues and life as a Muslim-American.
Courtney Milan (@courtneymilan) writes historical English romances that she self publishes successfully. On Twitter she writes a lot about diversity in publishing.
Nnedi Okorafor (@nnedi) is one of my favorite authors.
Tananarive Due (@tananarivedue) writes horror/fantasy and her Twitter feed is full of civil rights information.
I fell in love with internet swaps for quilting and now I do book ones too.
Bex’s Ninja Book Swap is a fun one. It happens periodically. You get a person to send a bookish package too.
I’m doing the OTSPSecretSister swap this time too. This is a 6 month commitment to send packages to your Secret Sister.
Obviously I love blog events or I wouldn’t be doing Book Blogger Appreciation Week! Here are some other ones I do during the year.
Armchair BEA – I love this one. I’m actually thinking about prewriting my answers this year and still participating even though I am going to BEA because I feel like I’ll be missing out if I don’t.
Diversiverse – Usually in October for 2 weeks it celebrates POC authors.
Travel the World in Books Read-a-thon – Usually in October too after Diversiverse
Weirdathon – This is a new event for March 2016 celebrating weird books.
Nonfiction November – So many great recommendations from this one.