Thursday, February 7, 2013

Around The World

The other day I was updating my blog roll and noticed for the first time how many of my blogging friends are not from the United States. This got my thinking about how wide reaching the YA Blogging, Publishing, and Author communities have become and made me want to learn more about what it is like to be a member of the YA Community both internationally and in different states around the US. Thus Around the World was born!

Each Thursday I am going to interview and feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there!

This being the first week I am going to talk about what it is like to be a blogger in South Dakota.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello! I'm Emily and I run this book blog, Falling For YA. I live in Vermillion, South Dakota during the school year but during the summer I move back to Tacoma, Washington (Tacoma is about 30 miles from Seattle) where I am originally from. It's a little bit like two different worlds South Dakota and Washington are very different!

Q: Are you able to go to Author Events/Book Launches/or Industry events (BEA, ALA, etc.)?
Actually almost never! South Dakota is a small state, no one visits it's a fly over and I think authors and the publishing industry have forgetten we are here. There are a some book events in Minneapolis (5 hour drive), and in Missouri (6 hour drive) but being a Law Student I don't have the time/money to make it to those events.

When I am living in Tacoma though I do try and go to books tours and signings. Last summer because of my work schedule I couldn't make it to a Richelle Mead signing but my sister Bethany was able to go for me!

Bethany and Richelle
Q: What is the best and worst thing about living in South Dakota?
The best thing is probably how small it is. Sometimes the smallness is really annoying, like I had a Chiptole craving the other day and the nearest Chipotle is in Omaha (2 hour drive). But the small town vibe is also really nice. There aren't any distractions when I really need to sit down and study.

The lack of events bookish and otherwise is definitely the worst thing about living in South Dakota. While it's nice to not be distracted it is also very boring sometimes! We don't get book tours, concerts, or traveling circuses here lol!

Q: What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger where you live?
Probably the lack of events, it is hard to feel connected with the community when no other bloggers live around you, and no authors come and visit. Although, blogging can also be a challenge here because shipping takes a little bit longer for books (because it's the middle of nowhere), and sometimes our internet is spotty.

Q: Are Publishers willing to work with you where you live? Is it hard to find industry professionals?
I think Publishers are generally willing to work with me here in South Dakota, although it can be hard because I never get to talk to the publishing houses face-to-face it is always done through e-mail or Edelweiss or Netgalley. It would be nice to actually meet Industry Professionals and be able to hand them by business card but I think that will have to wait until I have more money to travel!

Q: What Country would you most like to visit?
To organize this event I've been looking at a lot of YA set around the world and where other bloggers live so that is actually a hard question because it changes every day. I think right now I would really love to visit Australia!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Book (Overall): The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book (Recent Release): Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Author: I love Richelle Mead, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maggie Stiefvater these women could write a book about clothes drying and I would end up loving it and raving about the awesome character development lol

Social Media: Twitter! Although I also really love Goodreads

Reading Spot: My bed for sure. I actually made this really cute reading alcove but I never use it because my bed is more comfy.

If you are interested in being interviewed and taking part in Around The World sign up here


  1. I just signed up. This is a great idea!

  2. This is a really interesting idea; I'm definitely going to check back to see where else you feature.

  3. Excellent idea! I am excited to see what the results are. I have had the same thought about the outreach and the different countries that really make up the community. I enjoyed learning more about book life in South Dakota. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

  4. I love South Dakota. I go there often. My parents are both from there.. dad is from Rapid City and my mom is from Hill City. So we have a lot of roots there. One of my favorite states!


  5. Really Interesting! Liking this idea :)

  6. What an interesting interview! Love this idea, I've always wondered what blogging was like in other areas. Great post and I can't wait to see more :)


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