Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Brooklyn Blog Fest '09 Recap

Last November, author-illustrator Douglas Florian, sent a pink blogspot template my way; he named it Mermaids on Parade and suggested the blog be used to publicize my picture books. I started blogging.

When I read there was going to be a Brooklyn Blog Fest '09 I had go.
Besides, it was held at powerHouse Books who sell A CITY IS.

I introduced myself to faces I recognized from photos online, like Claude Scales of the Self-Absorbed Boomer Blog as well as the Cobble Hill Blog, and Louise Crawford of Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, who MC’d the event.

Our name tags also helped. Introduced myself to LA Slugocki. Glad I was friendly, she mentioned my blog in her review about the Blog Fest '09 for the Dumbo NYC Blog and the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

I met a guardian angel named Joyce Szuflita, a school specialist from My Side Walk Chalk Blog. She suggested I attend the Parent Group breakout session after the panel. (Joyce quickly listed my website in her NYC School Help Newsletter).

The Parent Group was very helpful. Everyone took everyone else’s business cards. How great to find out that Blog Fest panelist, Hip Slope Mama’s Melissa Lopato knew about my books; that Karen Connell of A Child Grows in Brooklyn remembered my author visit from a couple of years ago; that Anna Fader of Mommy Poppins and Bethany Rule Vedder of Sane Moms were so approachable; and that New York Magazine and Park Slope author and mom, Amy Sohn once bought my jewish holiday book.

Floated across the street on Cloud 9 to the Blog Fest after party at Galapagos. Finally met Homer and Mrs Fink from the Brooklyn Heights Blog which voted me Brooklyn Heights Blog Ten 2008. BHB reporter Sarah Portlock was there too. Have not seen her since my PS 58 author residency.

Photo: Found in Brooklyn's Lisanne McT won the digital camera in the raffle. She visualized winning it beforehand. Hope her luck rubs off on me!

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