It’s Book Expo America time, where publishers set up booth to tout their wares, lines form for signings featuring really awesome authors and some celebrities you might not have thought about in years, and, most of all, where people bemoan the fact that there’s about 4 bathrooms for the whole damn convention center. Ah, Javits center, I love you.
I’m doing a lot at BEA this year and I’m very excited! First, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, I have two resources for you. First, BEA has a ton of conference planning tools and Publishers Lunch also has apps to help steer you around the convention. Plus, Colleen Lindsay took their raw data and made Word and Excel spreadsheets of the panels and signings.
There are three events specifically I’d like to draw your attention to, and one signing I must mention out of all the awesome signings listed in the spreadsheet above.
That’d be.. my signing. Holy Crapmonkeys, I’m signing at BEA.
Tuesday, 24 May at 10:30am in the Sourcebooks Booth, #4356, I will be signing really spiffy advance reader copies of Everything I Know About Love, I Learned From Romance Novels, which comes out 1 October.
The night before, Monday, 23 May at 6:30pm I will be doing a live in-store interview with superawesomepants author Gena Showalter at the Apple store in Soho, New York City (103 Prince Street). The interview will be about 40 minutes with time for Q&A, and will be taped for a podcast to be released later. If you’ve got ideas for questions I can ask Gena, please do leave a comment. It should be epic fun. I’ve asked for an interpretive dance version of her upcoming book Dark Taste of Rapture.
On Friday, at what I think will be one of the most talked-about events of BEA this year (really! Even if I weren’t going to be part of it – this conference has received a lot of discussion among publicists and publishing types): the Book Blogger Convention. I’m giving the Keynote address beginning at 8:45, and then there’s a day of sessions about blogging, interacting with publicists, meeting authors, different sub-genres, and technology for writing online. It shalt be awesome. How do I know? One of those at the helm of organizing the conference is the supremely smart Rebecca Schinsky of The Book Lady’s Blog, and co-host of the Bookrageous Podcast which I was part of last month.
This year I’ll be attending a lot more of BEA than I have in year’s past – the past two I’ve attended for a maximum of 90 minutes, which was not nearly enough. This year is going to be very different. If you’re going, I hope you’ll stop by the signing to introduce yourself or heckle me – either one is fine by me.
Are you attending? Ooh, ooh are you signing? PIMP YOURSELF MIGHTILY! Who are you most looking forward to seeing? (And dude, I was serious about the Questions for Gena thing – any ideas for questions, let me have ‘em!)