Book Expo America 2010

Book Expo America

Well I made it…Book Expo America 2010. This was my first BEA and my first trip to New York City and I have to say although I was not feeling my best the entire trip, it was still spectacular if a bit overwhelming.  I think when you feel unwell things of this nature take on a whole new level of anxiety. Luckily I am an old pro at ALA so I was pretty prepared for what the Exhibit Floor would be like (Complete Madhouse) and what was a priority on this trip (Meeting face to face with people who make what I do possible on a daily basis through the somewhat impersonal glory of  technology).

First off we signed in for our Press Badges and then hit the floor. Meeting with some wonderful publishers that I have worked with in the past and creating new relationships with some I hope to work more closely with in the future.  I was so excited to get to meet a great bunch of new authors and be introduced to some pretty exciting upcoming releases. As a children’s librarian I must say one highlight was my meeting with children’s author and illustrator Rosemary Wells.  She was extremely sweet and welcoming and I look forward to being able to work with her more in the future.  She has a great new release On the Blue Comet coming in September of 2010. Look out for a review here on Stiletto Storytime and a possible guest post by the amazing woman herself.

Children’s Author and Illustrator Rosemary Wells

BEA 2010

Other really interesting BEA events included meeting with the ladies at the Simon & Schuster booth and meeting lots of Independent Publishers who truly LOVE what they do. I always enjoy meeting people who are just as excited about books as I am especially if they are friendly as well. The ladies at Harper Perennial were also terrific and I loved stopping by and talking about Harper Lee and the 50th Anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird. What a great booth and the celebration of a true classic. Also another instance where it is so nice to put a face to a name that you have been working with for quite awhile through e-mail. Thanks ladies, so very nice to meet you.

All in all I had a great time even if I did not have a packed schedule of events. I have found for myself I do best at these type of events by keeping things open and not trying to do too much. Crowds tend to do me in within a few hours so I don’t try to overdue it. It works for me and I loved the things I did get to see and do.  Book Expo America 2010 was a great experience for me and I look forward to next year.



Filed under Children's Literature, Children's Picture Books, Events, Publishers

5 responses to “Book Expo America 2010

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your experience at the BEA. I hope to go next year. I admit that I am a bit afraid of going to New York on my own. I know that’s silly. It would be so cool to meet you next year. BTW, what is ALA?

  2. stilettostorytime

    ALA is the American Library Association, we have a yearly conference that gets quite similar to BEA with a large exhibit floor…etc. My experiences there taught me how I have to approach these larger events. They can be very overwhelming but you must go, it’s so worth it. One of the things I love most is getting to meet people I work with or correspond with (like yourself). It’s so nice to have a face to put to the name. I would love to meet you Teddy and especially talk about our babies (the four legged variety of course). =)

  3. Lets make it a date for next year. I really think I have to go to it. We are currently updating our kitchen and putting a hardwood floor in our living room, so I hesitate to spend money for the trip. I am ging to put $ aside every month though and may even have enough Aeroplan miles for a free flight.

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  5. Glad you enjoyed the trip. I definitely want to hear all the juicy gossip you can’t post about hehe.

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