Post by Kerrie
BEA. I've visualized, dreamed, crossed my fingers, threw pennies in wishing wells, prayed...whatever I could do to increase my odds, but it never worked out...That was until this year! On May 25, my daughter and I got on a plane and headed for The Big Apple.
If you are not familiar with BEA it is the largest book fair bringing together over 35,000 booksellers, librarians, publishers, and authors for three days of talks, panel discussions, and readings. Publishers are there to showcase their new titles coming out and meet with potential buyers (booksellers, librarians...). Attendees like myself are there to soak it all in.
Each publisher had a designated area and they each had a unique set up. It was clear right away where the major publishers were. They had huge areas set up with lots of eye catching graphics, colors and cushy carpeting.
Coffee House Press, to see if they might be interested attending next year's Northern Colorado Writers Conference. I found it very helpful to see all the publishers and their books. It provided me with more of a visual as to the types of books each of the different houses publish.
But I have to say, getting all the free books was the highlight for us. After about the first 2 hours, Delaney and I couldn't carry any more books so went to find UPS. We found it in the basement. We got a box and loaded it up. We were able to label it and keep it there until we filled it up. Then we could ship it home.
We ended up shipping 122 books home in 3 separate boxes. Delaney was so excited because she said she now has something to do this summer (she already finished her first book, Cornelia Funke's Reckless in just two days). I am also looking forward to all the summer reading and I will be sure and share with you the ones I like.
The dates for the 2011 BEA have already been set for May 23-May 26. I highly recommend that anyone associated with the publishing world should attend BEA at least once.
Did you go this year? If so what did you think of it?