Book Expo Tips for the Published and Wanna-Be Published
Book Expo's are wonderful ways to learn about the book writing,
publishing and marketing industries. The last three years I have
attended and come away with some very good lessons. This year I was able
to do a book signing at the Mystery Writer's of America table. One can
meet a lot of librarians who are interested in placing books in their
library. Since that is an important goal for writers, this was a
FOR THE PUBLISHED: Contact your
publisher and see if they have a booth. Will they display your book(s)? I
am published with Archway (affiliated with Simon & Shuster). They
held a reception for their self-published authors. I was able to speak
with representatives of the editorial department. I was also able to
invite my follow Indy’s to be on my author interview show, The Writer’s
Dream. If you are self-published, check out IBPA to see what they are offering members who attend BEA. Be prepared to share your experience on facebook and Twitter, or other social media. Write a blog, just as I am doing. If you are an autograph collector, bring a wheely for your loot. Wear comfy shoes. Chat
people up. Hang around the Library Journal booth to speak with library
people on how to best deal with getting your books into libraries.
THE NON-PUBLISHED: Spend a day, check out the speakers and attend as
many of the lectures as you can. I believe a day pass is $75.00 and can
be purchased on-line. You will gather important information about the
Find books in the genre you would like to publish. Look
at the books that are being promoted by publishers. Look at format and
cover art, font size and layout. Go home and Google all aspects of creating a book, for example, graphics. The Internet is a vast resource. I
didn’t see much in the way of agents, but I wasn’t looking for them.
One way to check into agents is to go to the library, find some books in
your genre, look at the acknowledgement page. Authors often mention
their agents. Agents have websites with submission guidelines.
FOR YOUR READER-SELF:
Since publishers give away books as a come-on, you can leave with a steamer trunk full of your favorite genre of books.