Yes, this shameless self-promtion post is brought to you by the Independent Book Blogger Awards on Goodreads. The grand prize? A trip to Book Expo American (BEA) this summer. WOW!
I've been working on Panda Reads for a little over a year now and I still love what I'm doing as much as I did on day one, if not more. Every new follower I get brings me delight and every new book authors or publishers ask me to review makes me feel like people care about what I think. Most of my free time is spent doing something to advance by blog (except when Glee is on, you know I've got to have my priorities!) and I love watching it grow.
One of the best ways to advance my blog is through networking and I was able to do a very small bit of that at the Decatur Book Festival last September. But the biggest opportunity for me would obviously be Book Expo America. It's been a dream of mine to get there since I first heard of it last Spring. But times are tough for my husband and me - we have student loan debt, he's still working his way through medical school, and while I absolutely love my day job, it doesn't cover all the bills. BEA is not an option for me...
Unless I win! That's why I'm asking you to please vote for pandareads.com in the IBBA award. Saying I would really appreciate it doesn't even begin to cover it.
I can't bribe you with a giveaway now to get you to vote for me (and even if I could, that doesn't seem very ethical) but I can tell you this - any books I get at BEA will end up back with you by way of a plethora of BEA giveaways after the event (frankly, storage space is a bit of an issue anyway). If you've read my blog and you've seen something you liked or perhaps even found a book to read that you wouldn't have otherwise, please vote for me. This is a once in a lifetime chance for me.