Friday, 11 January 2019

CHCC Bookish Joy Blog Fest – blog tour

I'm excited to join the CHCC Bookish Joy Blog Fest to share a letter about why I love the bookish community so much. There are details at the bottom of the post about how to book tickets to the Chadwell Heath YA Fest and a discount code.

Dear bookish community,

One of my first big book events was YALC 2014 and I've been hooked ever since. I love being part of this community: as a reader, blogger and writer.

What I love most about bookish events is not the books (although they're a close second) but the people. I've met so many people who love books as much as I do, both readers and authors, and have made some really good friends. There's such a brilliant atmosphere when you're at a book launch or Q and A with a room full of excited, passionate people. I've included photos of some of the lovely people that I've met at book events.

The online bookish community is just as supportive and enthusiastic. Twitter is where I've found my bookish people. Some people that I've met on Twitter have become really close friends in real life too.

I only started my blog because of the bookish community. The very lovely Chelley (@ChelleyToy) and Andrew (@PewterWolf) delivered a blogging workshop at YALC a few years ago and I'd always thought people wouldn't care what I had to say about books. They gave me the confidence to start my blog and I'm eternally grateful. Thank you both!

The online bookish community have also helped me to get one step closer to my dream of getting a book published. This year, I got onto a fantastic mentoring program called #WriteMentor that helped me to polish my manuscript, and I've since got an agent. I also had a fantastic manuscript critique from Lauren James, who gives brilliant feedback as well as being one of my favourite authors. I learned about her services (you've guessed it) on Twitter.

If you're already part of the online or real-life bookish community, you probably know exactly what I mean. If you're reading this and thinking about joining in with either, please do! We're friendly and we love books (the perfect combination). 

Thank you to everyone in the bookish community who has shared the love of books with me and helped me to achieve my writing goals.

Love from,

Amy (@yaundermyskin)

Chadwell Heath Community Centre (CHCC) YA Fest is an event that I really hope to attend this year! The event will be held on Sunday 12th May 2019 and you can buy your tickets here. Use the code YAFest10 before the 28th February to get 10% off your ticket (one time use).

Check out the graphic below for more posts giving thanks to the people and things that give us bookish joy.

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