Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Re-Visiting Literary Locals

Yesterday, J. Kaye over a J. Kaye's Book Blog highlighted my monthly meme, Literary Locals on her blog (click here for the highlight). Since then, both my followers and subscribers have increased and many new readers have jumped at the opportunity to be involved. I am ecstatic that so many are excited to highlight their local authors and to simply have you visiting my site! It is great to have each of you and I encourage you to help spread the word about supporting your local literaries!

In the meantime, I wanted to take a few minutes to explain again what the meme is about and how it works. I have pasted a portion of the original post below, but have also included a FAQ section addressing some of the questions that have arisen in the last couple of days. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me directly or post in the comment section.

On the last day of every month, I will post a reminder here on this blog. I encourage all my readers to post links to their reviews on these reminder posts or if you do not have a blog, feel free to post reviews in the comment section itself. I will go back and add your reviews to the original post, including links.

As for the guidelines, I've posted a few below:
  • Local Authors Defined: Authors that you can find in either your hometown or homestate, or the equivalent if you are not in the States.
  • Home Defined: Your hometown or homestate can be either past or present, meaning you can use your current location or anywhere you have ever lived.
  • Type of Books: The books can be children's picture books to adult novels and everything in between.
  • Literary Local Icon: Feel free to copy and paste my little icon for the meme/challenge on your own blog and proudly support those local authors!!
Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. How do I discover my local authors? To discover your local authors, I would simply suggest visiting your local bookstore or area library. Both of these locations will often feature signings, events, or special sections highlighting these treasures!
  2. Can you expand on your local author definition? You can use authors from the state that you currently live in or have lived in; hence, the past or present. For example, I have lived in Michigan, Missouri, Montana, and Washington; therefore, you will see all my Literary Local reviews featured by authors from these states. This can also work on the author's perspective as well. If an author previously was local to you, but now is not . . . include them!
  3. What do you mean by meme? How long will this event last? Literary Locals is a feature that I run on the last day of EVERY month (it is a repeating event). I do not have any intention of ever discontinuing this event, so it will be ongoing! Local treasures never end, so Literary Locals should not either!
To view the original post and sign up for the event, please click here. And, once again, holler if you have any questions!

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