I made a quick trip to NYC this month, the excuse being the Independent Publishers Book Awards dinner. “Courtship of Two Doctors” earned a Silver Finalist from Independent Book Publishers, and my good friend Rosemary, herself an award-winning author, drove over from New Jersey for the evening. Rather than head out to the Jacob Javits Center the next day for Book Expo America, however, we did some exploring of one of my favorite cities on earth.
I have attended BEA twice, once in NYC and once in DC, both times in connectiion to “Letters to Luke.” It’s something every published author ought to do at least once, to understand how enormous and powerful is the publishing industry, even in tough times such as these.
The mega trade show brings about 20,000 publishers, authors, agents, bookstore owners and librarians together, ostensibly to order books for the fall. As the NY Times wrote this year, “It has evolved into something equally old-fashioned: a huge gathering for the book industry to talk up titles, showcase high-profile authors and try to build elusive buzz for promising books.”
Warning: Check your ego at the door!