Oh yeah, this is happening. I can’t actually believe it’s already here, but next week I will be traveling to New York City to attend BookExpo America (BEA) 2015. What is BEA you ask? It’s the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry, as well as the best place to discover new titles and authors, network, and learn the latest trends. Basically, I’ll be in way over my head.
How Did I First Hear About BEA?
By reading a book of course! I remember I was reviewing the entire Publicist series by Christina George, and the lead character attended the Expo at one point in the story. I remember thinking to myself, “That sounds like a cool event, I wonder if it’s real.” A quick internet search later, and I was officially planning my first visit to BEA.
Why Am I Going?
They have a networking social on the first day with free soda and freshly popped popcorn. It’s like they know me. No, there are actually a few more legit reasons why I marked this three-day event on my office calendar months ago. On the first day of the Expo they are holding a Blogger’s Conference, and I think it’s pretty clear why that would appeal to me. Maybe I can find out a few tid bits and tricks to write more effective posts for ya’ll. Secondly, BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, and book industry professionals in North America. I’m not gonna lie, getting an autograph or two would be awesome, but hopefully I’ll also be able to chat with some authors and acquire books for future reviews.
What Should I Expect?
Hell if I know. The best piece of advice I’ve seen online so far about attending BEA is to wear comfortable shoes. Duly noted. I might be taking vacation days off work to attend this thing, but I’ll be on my feet from 9-5 every damn day. Honestly, I’m kind of nervous to be in such a large setting of people, but I’m also bouncing with excitement. I did do something a little silly and had some business cards printed up with my blog, Twitter, and e-mail info, all of which are featured on a lovely beach scene. I have a feeling I’ll either make a lot of great connections and learn some key tips for my writing, or I’ll just come back home with sore feet and a plethora of free tote bags. Should be interesting!