I've been thinking that it would be nice to have a directory or something of book bloggers by location (city, state, country, province, whatever). This idea first came to me when I attended the Connecticut Book Awards for work, and discovered that each U.S. state has a Center For the Book, as part of the National Center for the Book affiliated with the US Library of Congress. The people that were at the awards all worked in the book industry or were authors who were nominated for awards. I mentioned this to a bookseller, and she told me that there were little resources to promote the Center for the Book.
If book bloggers in a state got together and worked with their Center for the Book, I think we could at least raise awareness of what these Centers do, and highlight the awards.
Then I started thinking about some other reasons to organize by area:
1) partner with local booksellers for various things
2) Get on publishers' press lists for galleys that are local to an area
3) Receive notification of author events, possibly allowing author access for interviews, etc.
A few of us (booksellers, publisher people and bloggers) were talking this over on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and we think there might be some real possibility. I'd like to know what you think:
1) is this a good idea?
2) How can we best organize this?
3) What other things would be enhanced by having a community of bloggers organized geographically?
3) What would be potential pitfalls to think about in advance (i.e., if you have Amazon links on your blog, a local independent bookstore might have an issue with that).
I'd love to hear your thoughts.