Austenprose Nominated for 4 BBAW Awards

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2009 ButtonNothing like tooting your own horn, *blush*, but Austenprose has been nominated for four Book Blogger Appreciation Week awards. Here are the categories and their descriptions: 

  1. Best History/Historical Fiction Blog – This blog features the best reviews and specialized content on books about a time gone by. 
  2. Best Specialized Blog – Cookbooks? Baseball history? Books written by people who have never been on a plane? This blog’s content is so specialized they are one of a kind…but their reviews really rock. 
  3. Best Cultural Review Blog – This blog features the best reviews and specialized content on books and/or authors of a specific cultural identity. 
  4. Most Prolific Blogger – This blogger is EVERYWHERE. You have no idea how they do it. They consistently post on their own blog, keep up with challenges, and comment on other blogs. You’re convinced they have a super power that somehow relates to blogging. 

Book bloggers are nominated by readers, so I am quite honored to even be recognized. The Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an annual event created by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy Blogin an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.” The BBAW Panelists are now narrowing down the field to a short list in each category and their decisions will be announced on September 7th, 2009. The voting by readers is open from September 7-12, 2009, so be sure to show your appreciation to all those hard working and dedicated book bloggers and cast your votes for your favorites. 

Best of luck to all of the nominees. 

Cheers, Laurel Ann 

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Meme: The Jane Austen Version

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“It is such a happiness when good people get together — and they always do.” Miss Bates, Emma, Chapter 21

The Second Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week September 14-18, 2009 is quickly approaching. It is an online event in celebration and acknowledgement of all the hard working, creative and dedicated book bloggers out there making a difference by promoting reading, culture and an online community. Last year over 400 blogs participated, and the organizer Amy Riley of My Friend Amy Blog is hoping for an even stronger turnout this year. 

Anyone who blogs about books can participate. To register visit the BBAW Blog and fill out the form which will ensure your inclusion in the BBAW 2009 database of Book Bloggers and enters you in the drawing for giveaways and prizes. You can also nominate your favorite book blogs in the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There are forty categories to choose from like Best Review Blog, Best Design, Best Specialized Blog and Best Historical Fiction Blog &C. You name it. It’s there! The deadline is August 15th so don’t delay. It is a great way to discover new blogs and say thank you to the ones you really enjoy. 

To spread the word about this great event, the BBAW committee has created this meme. 

1)  What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you? 

Connecting with my readers. The comments have been so amazing. Sometimes I am just blown away by insights that I had not seen, or jokes that I had missed. I am reminded every day that through books comes enlightenment. Through people comes enrichment. 

2)  What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you? 

I started this blog on a whim and a prayer. I had long admired Jane Austen and her novels and wanted to share my passion with others. I had no idea that I would still be writing about her and other books inspired by her after a year and a half. I would not have been able to achieve a fraction of what you see now, nor still be here without the help of Mags at AustenBlog and Vic at Jane Austen’s World. Both of those amiable ladies were miles ahead of me in experience and sensibility before I even started, and I owe them my sincere gratitude and thanks.

3) What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer? 

Since I did not participate last year, I really do not know what to expect. I am like Cher in Clueless, ready to go shopping for the perfect outfit to impress the cute new boy in school. What actually happens the week of the event? What should I be prepared for? 

Thanks in advance to all my readers and friends who have shared your love of Jane Austen and books with me. It has been most agreeable! 

Cheers, Laurel Ann

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