BookExpo America (BEA): Bringing it Back to the Shelf by Jami Kelmenson
As I get ready to step foot on the floor of the BEA conference at the humongous Jacob Javitz Center in NYC today (rubber soles recommended!) I am a bit overwhelmed by the choices before me on their high-tech website and mobile app: 1,089 exhibitors, 361 author signings, 818 industry sessions and events and a seemingly infinite number of books!
According to their website, BookExpo America (BEA) is the #1 event in North American publishing and the ideal place for content creators and consumers to discover new books/titles, meet new authors, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading.
The operative phrase in that description, for me, is “content creators.” I’m guessing this means “book authors and publishers” but these days, it seems we’ve gotten away from the book and closer to this thing called “content,” a fancy way of including all things digital and not even thought of yet when it comes to publishing.
So what I hope to do over the next four days is bring it back to those things with pages that you hold in your hands and still, if you’re lucky, can find in a small, dusty, very cluttered store where book recommendations come to you from a person named Joe, and not an “engine.” Since this is ShelfPleasure, I’d like to focus on bringing it back to the shelf.
My goals for these posts coming to you from BEA are to:
1) Report the Trends, Digital and Otherwise: There will be plenty of bloggers covering all of the new tech trends and digital advances that will shape the business of reading in the future. I will do my best to bring you the highlights and steer you to the best recaps I can find for in-depth exploration.
2) Read the summer away: I will be scoping out new books for my summer reading list from all of the “BEA Selects” sessions and be sure to let you know what looks hot across the genres.
3) Uncover a Surprise or Two: I’ll be looking to share anything unexpected that blows me away here, and have even started “tweeting” in honor of these anticipated “a ha” moments! Follow @shelfpleasure for these bits of wisdom.
4) Be Inspired (hopefully!): As a writer, I’m using this experience to help me decide if I feel encouraged or downtrodden by the state of the industry and the prospect of my novel ever ending up on a shelf, given the over-saturation. Trying to stay optimistic!
5) Take a picture: with Chelsea Handler. Let’s see how I do on that one!
Have you ever been to BEA? Please share your survival stories and tips for navigating.
Jami Kelmenson is a freelance writer and blogger living and loving in New York City. She is currently seeking representation for her first novel, Crossing Paths. Read of her ongoing tales of travel, life, love and the pursuit of getting published in NYC at her blog, www.jamikellywriter.tumblr.com.
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