BEA recap and SWAGTASTIC Contest!
Ah, it was bliss, people. This was my first time at Book Expo America (BEA), held this year at the Javits Center in NYC. It’s a big industry conference, geared to the publishers, booksellers, rights agents, and press — the authors are like the books at BEA, part of the product everyone is selling. But is it so exciting, to see the commerce of the publishing industry churning.
My impressions? I have no frame of reference, since I’ve never been to one of these before. A number of folks have mentioned the more frantic pace on the main floor as a result of the three day expo getting reduced to two days this year. It did get pretty hectic out there — those of you who have attended the Romantic Times book signing can just extrapolate out, the energy of a RT signing spread over the gigantic Javits conference center. :-)
But what struck me the most about this conference was that raw sense of heading into the unknown, of people grappling with change, and the opportunities hidden within that tremendous change. I started out in the e-pub romance world, and this week in NYC, I encountered a similar, improvisational sense of adventure.
I suppose many people in the industry are worried about the dislocations and the shifts. But I got a sense, from both the authors and the booksellers, that they are meeting the challenges with a joyful ferocity. And I really kinda loved that.
Thank you to everyone at Tor for making BEA such a fantastic experience for me. Thank you to everyone who came to get an ARC (we ran out in a half an hour — wow!) and who shared my excitement and joy. It was a pleasure to meet you all, and I hope you enjoy LADY LAZARUS!
I got a chance to snag some pretty sweet swag, and to celebrate BEA I want to mail some of it to you! I have three prizes’ worth — two boxes of fabulous books (I’ll update with a list, but they are mostly urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and mainstream) AND a lonely, last ARC of LADY LAZARUS!
You want to get this LADY LAZARUS ARC, people — it has the original cover on it, so it is already a collector’s item :) To win, simply leave a comment here, RT/follow me on Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook/be a FB friend. I will pick three winners at random on Tuesday June 1st!