Friday, May 28, 2010

My NYC and BEA Adventure

For those of you who didn't see my post over at Sisters in Sync today, I'm posting it here, too! Here goes....

This past week was a whirlind spinning around Book Expo America in NYC. BEA is a humongous trade show featuring publishers big and small of every genre imaginable. It is immense and overwhelming. Mostly the trade show is attended by librarians and booksellers. Publishers give away a lot of books in hopes of generating interest. Numerous big name authors were aplenty, each signing their latest... if you didn't mind standing in super long lines for a super long time. In years past I've done just that, but this year I wanted to roam and take everything in.


My primary reason for attending BEA was to sign and give away copies of OUT OF EDEN. I was lucky enough to have two scheduled signings. On Wednesday I signed in the RWA booth--48 books in 30 minutes. Woo-hoo! I met some incredible librarians and booksellers who had some very nice things to say about my books. It was an amazing experience.


On Thursday I signed in the Harlequin booth. My editor, Keyren Gerlach, was at my side the entire time, helping me open books to sign--96 books in 45 minutes! I was stunned as I signed one after another book. So grateful for the opportunity to get my books into the hands of people who can help spread the word about my work.


Another perk was seeing many friendly faces! Friends and uber talented authors, librarian friends (Hi, Nina!), reader friends (waving to Elsie and Laurie). I also spent some quality time with my editor and agent (such great ladies!) Unfortunately, there were several friends that I didn't see. I was actually only at the trade show a day and a quarter. Not enough time to see everyone!


I had my Flip video cam with me. I wish I would have been more creative. If I would've been thinking smart, I would've snapped vid of some big names like James Patterson, Debbie Macomber, Lemony Snickett.... But I sort of spaced on that end, taking random show shots. My one goober moment was standing in line for an hour to meet Rick Springfield (yes, the pop rock star) who just wrote an autobiography. THAT I got on my Flip.


Overall it was a wonderful experience... though exhausting. Below are snippets of my adventure. Enjoy!




3 comments:

loveable_homebody said...

Thanks for giving me an idea of what a trade show for writers/literature lovers is like! It sounds like you and your hubby had a lot of fun!

Beth Ciotta said...

Hiya, loveable homebody!

You're most welcome. BEA was overwhelming, but fun. I'm sort of kicking myself for not meeting up with a few people. I didn't manage my schedule well. Something I'll keep in mind for the future. :)

Olga said...

BEA indeed sounds like a lot of fun. I'm happy you had such success (96 books in 45 minutes is awesome!). You go, girl!