Wow. Was that fun.
I had the privilege of attending the BookExpo in Chicago last week, and my shoulders are still paying the price. The McCormick Center in Chicago is roughly the size of Rhode Island, which meant a LOT of walking (couldn’t help overhear people bragging about their Fitbit step counts), laden with very heavy bags of books. Pack mule is the only mental image that comes to mind. I’m not complaining though, it was worth every single pinched nerve in my spine.
The Book Expo, in case you’ve never heard of it, is where the entire publishing industry meets once a year to buy and sell all the new books and products that will be coming out within the year. That means lots of free ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) for anyone and everyone. All genres, and even countries, are represented. I’m also proud to say that indie publishing now has a large voice and platform at the show. Ten years ago they would have been laughed out of the building, but now indie’s are taken seriously as a true medium to be reckoned with in publishing.
I had a book signing in the IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) booth the first day of the Expo. I signed and gave away all the books I came with. That was a tremendous feeling!
After that, I was able to sit back and enjoy the conference. If there’s an author you like, or a celebrity who’s written a book recently, they were there.
American Idol cutie, Scotty McCreery was my first meet and greet:
Then came Marcia Clark:
The next morning was the author breakfast which included Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad http://www.colsonwhitehead.com), Faith Salie (Approval Junkie http://faithsalie.com), Louise Penny (A Great Reckoning http://www.louisepenny.com), and Sebastian Junger (Tribe http://www.sebastianjunger.com). What an impressive lineup of people. Each are so inspiring and unique in their writing. I was enraptured, listening to them speak.
This is from one of the many group Harlequin signings with (front to back) J.T. Ellison, Anna Snoekstra, Heather Graham, Meg Little Reilly, Brenda Novak, Mary Kubica and Delores Fossen:
A few bookmarks from Harlequin:
I didn’t grab a picture of the signing with Lori Foster, Robyn Carr, Jennifer Armentrout, Jody Thomas and Maisey Yates. I did, however, get a great picture of me and Sylvia Day:
THAT was pretty cool 🙂 She is as sweet and kind a person as you can imagine.
I also have to throw in my picture of Jamie Lee Curtis. She just wrote a new children’s book:
All in all it was an incredible week. I learned so many things, and got to meet and chat with some amazing people.
I write because I love to, all of this is just the icing on the cake. I can’t deny that it also feeds my reader/fangirl inside!
As far as all those books I lugged home, never fear I will be offering some up as a giveaway, just not yet. I promised quite a few to family and friends, and a few I’m hanging onto myself. Once I read them, I will put them together for a nice giveaway. I’m even willing to part with some of the signed copies, my library gets a little overwhelmed! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the little glimpse into the big bad world of publishing, I know I certainly did.
Thank you for reading and keeping us all in business!