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.
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.