Attending Book Expo America for the First Time!

Book Expo America (BEA) is this week. And I’m going. I guess I have to go back and look at my Bookish Bucket List to see if attending is on the list, but it definitely should be. This is one of those events that one must attend at some point. Well, I mean any person with an interest in books.

The best part is that I’m “having breakfast” with both James Patterson AND Lee Child on different days! I don’t care what anyone says about Patterson, he’s one of my favorite authors and I get to meet him. And it doesn’t get any better than Lee Child when it comes to crime fiction. I was actually a bit disappointed that more of my favorite authors weren’t attending, but oh well.

It’s great that I’m attending, but I think an event like this would be a great place for bloggers to meet. I don’t know any bloggers who are also attending, but imagine if a group of 10-20 or even more bloggers could get together for the first time after interacting online for months or years. That would be cool. And if anyone happens to be crazy, then there would be plenty of opportunity to escape. But I don’t think any of y’all are crazy. Ha!


On this day in 2014 I published Hachette v. Amazon: You’re not going to like my thoughts.

PS: I’m not actually attending BEA, but I wish I was. Have you ever attended? Tell me about it!

Attending a Writing Conference?


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Once again I have to thank Amy for suggesting that I write about this. I just steal her ideas whenever I wake up and don’t feel like using my brain to come up with something else.

As I’m sure you all know, writing conferences happen all across the country pretty much year round. I’ve never been to one, but I’d think authors, publishers, and agents would all be in attendance. Probably editors too. There might be lectures and writing contests and other things to make it interesting. That all sounds fine and dandy, but what do you get from attending a conference?

This is a question that I’ll likely need your help with. Cause I don’t know. I mean, I suppose you get to meet all those people who are already working in the industry. And you might get some writing advice. But is that it? Cause I’ve looked into one that takes place in Austin every year and it is expensive. I’m just wondering if these conferences are even worth what you pay to get inside the door.

I mean, how much can an unknown author really get out of an event that lasts a weekend or a few days? Maybe there are people out there who claim that they got some great insight into the world of publishing during that time, but I just don’t see it.

I don’t know if this is considered a writing conference, but the only one I’d really want to attend is probably Book Expo America. What about you? Have you ever been to a writing conference? What did you take away from it?