January Happy Hour Event: “Book Bloggers In Our Own Backyard”

You’re invited to kick off a new year of exciting programming from NCBPMA at our happy hour event, “Book Bloggers in Our Own Backyard,” a panel and meet & greet on Thursday, January 31, 5-7 pm. With built-in “networking” time before and after the panel, we encourage you to mingle with four local book bloggers and hear their insiders’ secrets to getting a great review. Panelists featured are Bookalicious.org’s, Pam Van Hylckema, Entangled publicist and owner of Two Chicks on Books, Jaime Arnold, Mark Pantoja of Heuristiks, and Nancy Sanchez, blogger at The Ravenous Reader, with North Atlantic Books publicist and new NCBPMA president Kat Engh as moderator.

You’ll Learn:

The do’s and don’ts of book blogger outreach and follow-up
  • How to organize a successful blog tour
  • Memorable pitches and campaign tricks (good and bad)

All panelists will expect attendees to say hi and introduce yourselves, so have your business cards ready! This wallet-friendly happy hour event features light refreshments from the Hotel Rex, at $20 for members, and $25 for non-members, so RSVP now! Drop-in attendees will be charged the non-member price at the door.

Note: Any RSVP’s received after Tuesday are not guaranteed food.

Hotel Rex
, 562 Sutter St (between Powell & Mason)
Closest BART: Powell | Driving Directions

In addition to cash and checks, WE NOW ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS via Square! If you renew your membership or join at this event, you can enjoy the discounted Member rate the same day! If you refer a colleague and they join NCBPMA, your next lunch is FREE!

Jaime Arnold
Senior Publicist, Entangled Publishing
Owner of Two Chicks on Books

Co-Owner of Rockstar Book Tours
Jaime has been a publicist with Entangled Publishing since May 2012 but, before that she was an intern helping out the editorial and the publicity departments. She works with authors in both the adult and teen genres. She’s been with Entangled in some form or another since December 2011. She is also a book blogger, owner of Two Chicks on Books, and has had her blog for over 2 years. She co-owns the blog tour site Rockstar Book Tours. She has built relationships with other bloggers as well as authors, publicists, and publishing houses. And she also reviews books for the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review. In her past life she was a Band Manager, Hairstylist, and a Bartender. But she’s always been an avid reader. Find her on twitter @arnoldjaime13- https://twitter.com/arnoldjaime13

Pamela van Hyckama
Associate Literary Agent, Larsen Pomada

Blogger at Bookalicious.org
Pam, also known as “Bookalicious Pam,” joined Larsen Pomada as an Associate Literary Agent in 2012 to represent young adult and middle grade children’s book authors, and adult romance authors. Over the past four years Pam has become one of the top YA book bloggers in the country at Bookalicious.org. She also partners her blog with Hicklebee’s, a children’s bookstore in San Jose, CA. Pam writes supernatural YA and MG fiction and is represented by Laurie McLean, also of Larsen Pomada Literary Agents. She lives in the Bay Area of California with her Dutch husband, two children–a boy and a girl, the perfect set–a Jack Russell terrier, a bull dog puppy, and a small guinea pig. It is her greatest dream to own a menagerie. Find her on Twitter: @BookaliciousPam

Mark Pantoja
Blogger on Heuristiks
Author of Other Possibilities
Mark Pantoja is a musician and Speculative Fiction writer living in San Francisco. He’s published short fiction in Lightspeed Magazine, Nihilist Sci-Fi, and elsewhere. When no one is watching he review books, music, and movies. He likes whiskey. You can reach him at: www.markpantoja.com Follow him on Twitter @mynameisanumber

Nancy Sanchez
Blogger at The Ravenous Reader
Nancy of The Ravenous Reader describes herself as an avid reader from the Bay Area. Her blog specializes in Young Adult reads, favoring favor Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopian, Steam Punk and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, but she is also open to venturing out of her “comfort” zones and enjoying other genres. She frequently posts YA-related Bay Area Book Events and giveaways to her blog, and she says “True happiness for me is great book, a good cup of coffee and a comfy chair.”