I am about to enter new territory as an author, on several levels. Not only am I going to New York City for the first time since the mid-1970s, I’m going to Book Expo America (BEA) for the first time too.
If you’re not familiar with BEA, this is the biggest annual trade show for booksellers in the US. The show used to be billed as the American Booksellers Association conference (which it still is, despite the rebranding), and my brother-in-law, the textbook manager at the local public university, was a regular participant. After hearing dozens of stories over the years, I knew I wanted to go someday, but couldn’t figure out a way to justify the cost.
This changed with the Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules project. When Carole Jelen proposed that I write the book with her, of one thing she was certain: We would launch this book at BEA. So that’s what we’re doing!
Carole and I will be signing copies of Build Your Author Platform at the Jacob Javits Convention Center for a half hour on Thursday, May 29 starting at 11:00 AM Eastern time. If you’re at BEA, please come see us! We may also be hanging around the BenBella Books table for different chunks of the day too.
Unfortunately, I can’t stay for the free reader-oriented BookCon happening on Saturday, but I urge you to go if you can. Then maybe we can swap stories next year.
Want to follow all the happenings at BEA? Twitter hashtag is #bea14. I suspect WorkingWriter will be posting a lot here and on Twitter with whatever strikes me in the Big Apple. Desperately need to find me in New York? Email bea-at-michaelmccallister.com. Let’s see what we can set up!