#ArmchairBookExpo Day 2: 'What Readers Want' and 'Collaborate'

Armchair Book Expo continues with Day 2's prompts and posts, in conjunction with the Book Expo America event in New York City. If you missed my introduction/welcome post yesterday, here it is!

Today's prompts are What Readers Want and Collaborate. I'd started these posts on Instagram earlier today, but here's a continuation of those down below.

Thursday, June 1 
  • What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? How does diversity representation fit into all of this? 
I want action, fantasy, romance, contemporary books to be realistic and represent diverse characters in the right way. Don't just thrust in diversity because millions of people are telling you to do it. And then you don't do it correctly, and you still get hated for it. (#acowar). Do it right or don't do it at all. Because all it does it just make people feel like they are represented in the wrong way, and it gives others the wrong idea about where they come from.
  • Let's Collaborate & Listen: The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)? 
We as a book community are able to reach many people in many ways, but using social media and Twitter chats are the best way to interact with people. Since participating in ArmchairBEA, I've learned so much about other kinds of readers, and their requests to how they want to change diversity in literature. It's a great way to look at other blogs and see what else is out there.

What are some of your #whatreaderswant and #collaborate blog posts? Leave comments below!

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