This is going to be my first year going to BEA (Book Expo America). It is on the same weekend as my husband’s birthday so I am combining it with a vacation to go see NYC since I’ve never been there.
I ended up registering as Press; which hopefully was the right thing to do. Sadly I cannot afford the vacation time to take the whole week off of work, so I will only be there the first couple days. Which also means that I will be missing the Book Blogger’s Convention on Friday 🙁
I am hoping it will be a great time and am looking forward to meeting some publishers that I talk to via email and hopefully lot of new people. I am looking at this as an opportunity to dip my toe in the BEA pond and decide if I want to invest a full week next year.
So I have a question for all of you…do you know anyone else who is going? Do you have any tips for a first timer?
I have my business cards all made up and in hand. I have the list of places I want to stop by in the exhibit hall all sorted out.
I am unsure what to except. It is super crowded? Do you get a lot of free books? Will I need a box to ship them all back home in? Do you have to sign up for the author signings ahead of time?
Any other recommendations?
We are actually renting a flat in NYC near the convention center rather than staying at a hotel. We did this through homeaway.com. This is a cheaper option and give you a place to make meals etc. We’ve used homeaway.com to stay in San Diego, South Dakota, and London before so check it out it you are interested.