Thursday, June 10, 2010
A BookExpo America 2010 experience
Nothing prepared me for the immenseness and frenetic activity of BookExpo America 2010. NYC’s Jacob K. Javits Center was swamped with almost 22,000 attendees, all eager to participate in seminars about publishing, learn about the industry’s latest developments, track industry trends, and mingle with their favorite authors. Here's a link to the official article from Publisher's Weekly.
Attending several of the seminars, I learned about the current worries of publishers and authors regarding the uncertainties due to the rise of digital content (ebooks, the different formats, etc.), but there was also a current of optimism in the air regarding the new opportunities available for the daring visionaries.
I had a talk with a number of publishers regarding publishing outsourcing, and it turns out most of them are very open to the idea, especially with editorial services such as copyediting and proofreading, which are normally done by US-based freelancers.
Oh, did I mention the book and bag giveaways? I got a ton of free books, all of different genres—general fiction, horror, mystery, non-fiction, self-help, children’s—you name it. I even met one of my favorite Christian authors, Eric Metaxas, and got a signed copy of his latest book in his Everything You Wanted to Know About God series.
My first visit to BEA was enlightening and fruitful, indeed! Looking forward to next year’s BEA!
Here's the link to the official BEA Web site.