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#FAAW Twitter Party and Tix Giveaway!

This year, for Celiac Awareness Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week, FABlogCon is hosting a Twitter Party to help you get to know FABlogCon a bit more, understand what we do for the food allergy community, and give you a chance to win a free conference pass, or a 1 year subscription to Gluten Free & More magazine!

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Don’t miss our Food Allergy Awareness Week #FAAW Twitter Party Thursday night this week!!! To help celebrate awareness for #Celiac Disease and #FoodAllergies~ We will be offering  prizes including a year’s subscription to Gluten Free & More Magazine, as well as two winners can win an all access ticket to this year’s Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Denver Colorado November 3-5! This prize is worth $250. (*Does not include travel or hotel.  Cannot be exchanged for monetary compensation*).

If you want to participate in this Twitter Party, you’ll have to RSVP before the party starts to be eligible to win a prize. Then spend the hour tweeting along with us using the hashtag #FABlogCon! To participate you MUST PRE-REGISTER through Erica Dermer and Celiac and the Beast’s webpage!

We look forward to having you join us! and GOOD LUCK!!!

 

Special Guest for Wine & Sign Party

We hope you will join us Saturday evening for both our Wine and Sign event which will run from 6:30 pm- 8:00 PM for our authors to display and sell their books. After which time we will ask for your attention and warm reception for a special treat this year- we have Comedian Joe Messina joining us for a 30 minute Stand-Up Comedy Act.

Joe Messina HeadshotJoe Messina is a comedian from Philadelphia. Diagnosed with Celiac at 15, he has talked about life with the disease throughout his comedy career. He performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club and Good Good Comedy Theater.

In addition to Celiac, Joe focuses on politics in his stand up and as the host of Party Lines, a monthly live political comedy variety show. Joe is the host of the podcast Breaking Up with Joe, which is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Open Breakout Sessions:

This year we are having a series of mini-breakout sessions for our attendees, as an ice-breaker & for special interests. We have 15 breakout sessions that will be going on from 9-10 AM on Saturday morning September 27.  Many of these sessions will require participants to pre-register as space will be limited. We will be posting about these in upcoming posts. Today I want to share the 3 sessions that are open to anyone to attend without requiring pre-registration.

Blog to Book: Meet an Editor and Learn About Publishing, from Concept to Completion:

For many bloggers who have spent months or years creating recipes, writing about food and restricted diets, learning food photography, and promoting their work, a book is the natural next step. Whether you choose to self publish or work with a publishing house, you want your book to be the best it can be—and I’d love to help. I’m an Associate Editor at The Experiment, an independent publishing company with a strong track record publishing health- and food-focused books (including Colette Martin’s Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry). There, I work with authors (many of whom are also bloggers) during all stages of the editorial process, from brainstorming a concept to developing a table of contents to fine-tuning sentences and checking facts to “packaging” the book with the perfect title and cover. Depending on what questions the group has, I would be happy to provide general editorial advice, discuss the publishing process and expand upon the relative merits of independent or “Big Six” publishers versus self-publishing.

Breakout Session LeaderMolly Cavanaugh is Associate Editor at The Experiment (Twitter @experimentbooks), an independent nonfiction publishing company in New York City, where she edits a variety of special diet books, including Colette Martin’s Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry, Kelli and Peter Bronskis’ gluten-free cookbooks, and books on the low-FODMAP diet written by leading experts Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson. Molly herself has celiac disease—diagnosed in 2013, after she saw her own symptoms described in the books she worked on—and blogs about it at Based on a Sprue Story (Twitter @spruestory). She grew up in Massachusetts, attended college in Chicago, and now happily cooks and eats gluten-free in Manhattan.

 

Evidence-Based Blogging:  

 Like a good pair of jeans, reliable online information about health can be hard to find. With information and misinformation about food allergies abounding online, how can readers know what’s fact and what’s fiction? Before you hit the “publish” button on your next post, join our conversation about how to ensure that your blog is providing recommendations and facts supported by scientific research and health data. FARE staff members Veronica LaFemina and Anna Luke, along with Food Allergy Sleuth blogger Jessica Martin and Asthma Allergies Children Co-Author, Henry Ehrlich, will give you advice on how to identify reliable research you can use to make your blog a reputable source for your readers.

Breakout Session Leaders: 

Henry Ehrlich
Henry Ehrlich is co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide with Dr. Lawrence Chairamonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich, board-certified pediatric allergists, and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, which they founded in tandem with publication of the book because “medicine moves faster than print.”  A former corporate speechwriter, Henry has also published books on speechwriting, adoption, sleep medicine (co-author), business quotations, and edited Children’s Allergies and Asthma: one of nature’s dirty tricks, an anthology of 89 original pieces from the website.  He is currently writing a book on the work of Dr. Xiu-Min Li to cure food allergies and asthma by integrating traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and cutting-edge medical science.

Jessica Martin, PhD
Jessica Martin earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University in 2011. She is currently a faculty member in biology at Portland Community College, where she enjoys teaching undergraduate students enrolled in general biology, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology.  True to her passion for teaching, Jessica also educates on the science behind food allergies on her blog, the Food Allergy Sleuth.  She takes pride in breaking down complex scientific findings to make them understandable for all whose lives are affected by allergies.  Outside of her blog, Jessica’s writing has appeared at Asthma Allergies Children and Slate.  Jessica is also involved with the Oregon Food Allergy Network, supporting advocacy efforts to adopt statewide policies for food allergies in schools. Jessica is the mother of two young boys, one of whom has multiple life-threatening food allergies.

Anna Luke
Anna Luke is the manager of online community at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she runs the organization’s blog and social media platforms, contributes to the development of new programs and website content, issues allergy alerts and ingredient notices, and manages FARE’s Food Allergy Awareness Week initiatives. Anna came to FARE from an education reform nonprofit so she could work on an issue close to her heart: helping families and individuals living with life-threatening food allergies, just like her mother and sister. On the personal side, Anna was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and blogs about all things gluten free in her blog, Gluten Free? Gimme Three! She also is a contributing blogger for The DC Ladies, focusing on gluten free restaurants and news for women in the DC metro area. You can find Anna on Twitter and Facebook and get connected with FARE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the FARE website and blog.

Veronica LaFemina
Veronica LaFemina is the vice president of communications at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she leads the organization’s efforts to increase awareness of food allergy as a serious and growing public health issue. For the past decade, she has directed national strategic communications initiatives designed to garner attention for important health issues, including food allergy, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the health of veterans and their caregivers. Veronica launched her first health-related blog in 2005 and has been passionate about making health research and information easier to understand, access and share by leveraging social media and other online platforms ever since. Having grown up in a food allergy family, she is also committed to helping all those who are managing the disease have the information and resources they need to stay safe and live well with food allergies. You can find Veronica on Twitterand get connected with FARE on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the FARE website and blog.

 

Thinking Outside the Blog:

 You’ve developed your platform, found your voice, and honed your writing skills.  What’s next?  Join a lively discussion about ways to reposition your ideas, voice and material and GET PAID, too. We’ll talk about pitching a story and about approaching the right outlets for your work.  Beth Hillson is food editor at Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without magazine) and a freelance writer who has been pitching her ideas to the media (and getting published) for several decades.  A professional journalist who just lately started blogging, she’ll share her advice and help you sort through a wide range of food and food allergy topics and media outlets where your talents can shine.

Breakout Session Leader:  Beth Hillson is a food writer, author and blogger.  She is the food editor for Gluten Free & More and writes and lectures frequently on the gluten-free diet and lifestyle as well as other special diet needs.  Beth was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976 and attended culinary school where she learned to adapt classic recipes to fit her own diet.  In 1993 she founded one of the first gluten-free food companies, Gluten-Free Pantry.  She is the author of Gluten-Free Makeovers (Da Capo, 2011) and a newly-released gluten-free lifestyle book, Living Well Gluten-Free. Her work has appeared in many publications including the Huffington Post, Gothamist, GoDairyFree.com, The Daily Meal, Yoga International, Yankee Magazine, FamilyFun, and Connecticut Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Hartford Courant.  Her regular blogs about the gluten-free diet, lifestyle and recipes appear on Glutino.com and on her own blog www.glutenfreemakeovers.com .   You can follow Beth on Facebook and Twitter.

Erica Dermer Q & A

 We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

Introducing Erica Dermer, founder of Celiac and the Beast,  and Sales and Marketing, Celebrate Celiac Events, at Gluten Free Calendar.

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3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why? The Company You Keep: How to form a lasting relationship between bloggers and brands. Both have much to gain from a strong alliance! *Why? Because I’d love to know how to better utilize my relationships with brands.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies? Actually paying attention to what you eat! With food allergies and/or celiac disease, you can’t mindlessly eat ANYTHING. You have the read the labels and actually know what you’re putting in your body. I think it’s made me healthier because of it.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community? That you can get to know someone who you would NEVER meet before if it wasn’t for these food allergies and intolerances. I’ve made so many friends because of this!

 8. What other blogger has inspired you? The Celiac Diva was really one of the first people I followed and she’s a huge inspiration on building a business from a blog. Gluten Dude is another huge inspiration – he’s so good at talking about the “real” side of the disease. I’m also inspired by every person that I meet that has a blog and has put the time, energy, and dedication into making it magic for their readers.

Pam Jordan/I’m A Celiac Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”
Please meet Pam Jordan from I’m a Celiac! www.ImaCeliac.com and on Twitter @ImaCeliac
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?  
“Picture This” is the session I’m most looking forward to.  Great pictures of food make all the difference!  People eat with their eyes first so you want to show your readers a beautiful picture of your meal.  That will encourage them to want to cook it, pin the picture and share it with others.  As a mom it is hard enough to make dinner every night let alone stage a good picture of it!  I look forward to learning more tricks to make my food pictures stand out.
 
 
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?  
When I got the call from my doctor that I had Celiac Disease all he told me was there was no cure for it and the only treatment was a Gluten Free diet.  I was given no instructions, support or help, just told to eat Gluten Free.  I turned to the blog world to find out what I could eat.  I immediately found a number of people like me who seemed to have a handle on eating Gluten Free.  The blog world became my support group.  So as I got used to living Gluten Free I wanted to share my story and want we eat with others.  I love hearing stories about how people use my recipes to feed their families and friends!
 
 
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community? 
I have Gluten Free best friends all around the country!  If I have a question about a product, recipe or restaurant I have thousands of people I am connected with to get answers. There is so much love and support among Gluten Free and allergy free bloggers!  I also love that so many Gluten Free companies communicate with their audience.  A couple times I’ve had issues and the companies were able to quickly get back to me.

 

Thanks!
Pam