Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Please Vote For Me!!

Independent Book Blogger Awards
Vote for this blog for the Independent Book Blogger Awards!

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.


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