If any agents/publishers/writer friends are not responding to your calls or emails this week, just remember that today marks the start of BookExpo America (BEA).
For those of you who don’t know, BEA is the largest annual book trade fair in America. Held in New York this year, the expo sees most major publishers (both from the US and overseas), authors, agents and editors arrive to promote new titles, technologies, digital formats, and along the way, sell some books.
So, if you are waiting on a response about your manuscript from someone in the publishing industry, it might be awhile. I would go ahead and put in the second disk of that Ken Burns documentary that’s been holding up your netflix que and get comfortable.
And even if you are not attending or involved with BEA yourself, this can be a productive week for you. This would be a great week to put blogging and social media on hold in favor of buckling down and getting some work done on your manuscript. You’re simply not going to find a better block of time to add a quick ten or twenty thousand words to your novel outside of NANoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or an extended prison stay.
If you still find it oh so hard to remove yourself from the vein of the internet/publishing world, check out some links popping up about early BEA announcements:
– BookExpo Announces New Author Venue Featuring Jane Fonda, Charles Frazier, John Lithgow, Jane Lynch and Michael Moore (BookExpo)
I’ll be keeping up with the expo and will try to post news and updates as they become available. Don’t despair if you didn’t make it to BEA this year, keep working hard on your manuscript and maybe you’ll be there next year signing copies. If you did attend this year or in past years, leave us a note and let us know how it was.
PS. I just stumbled on this mention from SF Signal. Make sure to check them out. They’re a really great science fiction site. Pretty cool to be linked in the first week or so of my blog’s existence. Many thanks to them.