Book Expo America–the Publishing Industry’s Gigantic Annual Event
This is a gargantuan 3-day event held by the publishing industry in massive exhibit halls around the country once every year. And there’s always been a writer’s conference held the day before the main tent opens. That conference was typically hosted by Writer’s Digest. But WD recently announced that they are not going to participate so they can prepare for their own 2nd annual conference in New York in January 2011. (Their 1st annual last September is the one that changed my writing direction and launched this blog last November 4, so you can bet I’ll be at the next one!)
In lieu of the BEA-WD conference, Book Expo America has just announced that the writer’s conference slot/day will now be filled with the new BEA DIY Authors Conference and Marketplace at the Javits Convention Center in New York on Monday, May 24. That’s Memorial Day, but I don’t think I care–and there won’t be any commute traffic. 🙂 The full Book Expo America Convention and Exhibits will run from Tuesday, May 25-Thursday, May 27. And I’m already registered.
After I published Cinnamon in December 2003, my first BEA and BEA Writer’s Conference were in Chicago in June 2004. And I attended each year thereafter (in Washington, D.C. and New York) until just a couple of years ago when what I was experiencing and learning there became sort of static.
But then the world began changing over night with social media–and then came the conference last September–and now, lo and behold, the opening act for Book Expo America is a DIY (stands for Do It Yourself) writer’s conference! Who would have ever believed it?
This feeds so beautifully into what I’m trying to accomplish here, and the fee is only $199. If you’re out there and trying to accomplish the same thing, I highly recommend your checking out the possibility of attending. Here’s the link: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/en/Conference/DIY-Authors-Conf-Marketplace/. If you do decide to go, please let me know. I’d love to share a beverage with you there.
Note: You don’t need to attend all of BEA in order to attend the conference on the 24th. The conference is a separate event–but if you’re able to go to BEA as well, you’ll learn more about the scope of the publishing business than you ever dreamed possible. During my first one in Chicago, I was like a deer in headlights.
One More Conference for Consideration
This one is for all of us but seems a better fit for those who are actively pursuing the query process and meeting with dead ends. Nothing helps us more than having someone tell us why we’re being rejected–giving us specifics that we can actually work on and fix. So Writer’s Digest is holding what they call an “Editor’s Intensive” in September. (They just finished one in March.) The program guarantees that the first 50 pages of your manuscript will be read, and that there will be a 30-minute session with an editor who will offer specific information about what can be done to improve the manuscript and the chances of publication.
Let me know what you think: http://writersdigest.com/events
Update on Biopsy
Well, the news was not what I wanted to hear at 11:00 yesterday morning. I do have breast cancer–but the pathology is uplifting, if there can be such a thing. The spot is small; the discovery is early; and no one seems overly anxious about this–except me and my family.
But I’ll be seeing the surgeon on the 14th unless I can get in sooner, and I’ll let you know what comes next. I’m in the best place in the world for this–Sloan-Kettering’s new 16-story breast cancer center in Manhattan.
So, I’ll be fine–and fortunately, I’m so busy right now with all the elements of this plan, along with my editing work, that I don’t have much spare time for fretting. Plus, I started a “My Breast Cancer Journey” journal last night. If I think I’ve written anything particularly profound as we move forward, I’ll share those words with you.
Meanwhile, thanks so much for all the thoughts and prayers that have already come my way. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend.