BEA 2014

BookExpo America (or BEA) is the United States' largest book trade fair. I had heard about it over the last few years via the social media accounts of my favorite authors, but I'd never been before this year. So on Thursday, May 29th, when I entered the Javitts Center in New York City, I was pretty overwhelmed by what I saw.

I attended the event representing The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, as we would like, one day, to be able to do some small-run prints of our contributors larger works.  I spent a large portion of my time attending panels, including two run by the Women's Media Group. I found all of the panels I attended to be informative and, most often, fun. Most of the panelists, whether they worked for small firms or huge publishing houses, spoke to their audiences with a sense of camaraderie and familiarity that I really appreciated.

At the end of one panel, I asked a question about being a young person breaking into the publishing industry in this day of digital resumes and online applications. I received two very opposing responses from the panelists, which ended up being beneficial to me. Many people came up to me after the panel was over (and continued to find me throughout the rest of BEA) to discuss their ideas and concepts of hiring and applying in today's publishing world. I think if it wasn't for that panel, I would not have made as many connections as I did, so a tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who shared their insight or their struggles or their experience with me at BEA.

Also joining me at BEA was RP&D Non-Fiction editor Jennifer Lombardo, who was attending on behalf of a small Buffalo publishing company, and The Syndicate's resident bookworm and RP&D regular contributor Kaity Davie. I really enjoyed wandering through all of the booths with them and getting to talk to different individuals about where publishing is headed. It was a very excited few days for me and I can't wait to go back next year!