Last week I was in New York for Book Expo America, the largest trade show of the publishing industry. For this first-time conference attendee and aspiring author, the show was overwhelming but also quite educational and inspirational. I learned about and met various publishers and got a better sense of what goes on in the professional world of books!
I picked up several advanced copies (one of the show perks!) and I’m excited to dig in. Plus, I got a sneak-peek at some cool titles coming out this fall including: Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey and the Craft Inc. Business Planner by Meg Mateo Ilasco. Definitely check these out! I was drooling.
I was so busy wandering the halls and soaking it all in that I didn’t get to any of the seminars. Heard there were some good ones on social networking and e-books/Kindle. During my roaming, however, I happened to bump into the brilliant and witty author Karen Salmansohn who I saw speak last year at a Ladies Who Launch event for her awesome book Bounce Back. She was tremendously helpful and offered valuable feedback and insights into some of my projects. I am so grateful! Plus it was fun to see her in action giving love advice for her new book, Prince Harming: Break Bad Relationship Patterns for Good Using the Timeless Secrets of Aristotle. Man, this woman is sharp and hilarious!
My friend Cami Walker’s forthcoming book 29 Gifts: How One Month of Giving Changed my Life was featured at the Perseus Books booth. I loved reading an excerpt from the samplers they had out and loved seeing her book cover (different from these samplers) displayed on a big screen at the booth, too. She has an amazing personal story. I’m thrilled for her, her book and her giving movement.
And not only did I get to hang out with my college roomie, Matea, in Brooklyn before the show, I also got to reunite with my friends Rae, Moon and Lesley from Kimberly Wilson’s March Hip Tranquil Chick Retreat. Lesley was actually at BEA as well representing the Girl Scouts. I was impressed by the programs and accompanying books they have for helping young girls build leadership skills. Things sure have changed since I was a Brownie!
I’m still integrating all that I learned from my research, the contacts I made and the guidance from my book coach. And I’m extremely excited about the next chapter of my own book ideas!