Saturday, June 1, 2013

Writing Conferences/Book Fairs: BEA

BookExpo America

The BookExpo America, often referred to within the publishing industry as BEA, is the largest book trade fair held North America. It's been in held in large cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City, which has hosted it since 2009. NYC will continue to host the fair until 2016 when it will go back to Chicago.

 Book publishers from the US and abroad have booths and exhibits where they feature upcoming titles and showcase book signings for highly anticipated books. Publishers, agents, scouts, producers, screen agents, and other rights professions talk rights at the Publishers Launch Conference and through private and/or off sights dinners and parties. Book buyers attend the American Bookbuyers Association and BEA conference, as well as meet authors and publishers. For librarians, BEA offers exhibits on the floor specifically geared towards libraries, as well as conference sessions on various topics. Authors get to sign, meet, and interact with everyone mentioned above, as well as READERS!

Yes! The fair offers the largest author signing in North America! Author breakfasts, author lunches, author stages, daily author signings, plus "big name" signings that may require an extra ticket. Simultaneously, signings and parties are held in other locations throughout the host city, offering readers even more options.

Check out the live streaming sessions, straight from the Javits Center in NYC, or find a session/talk available to watch on demand here ---->
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This year you can find authors across the spectrum: Authors of children's books (like Jim Carey's debut title) to YA authors Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, James Dashner, Gretchen McNeil, Sara Dessen, Ally Carter, Rick Riordan, Dan Krokos, Neil Gaiman, a host of debut YA authors (such as Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp, pictured below) and TONS more to a lengthy list of adult authors, fiction and nonfiction.

I definitely have a case of BEA-itis. I hope to go to this gigantic book fair one day, sooner rather than later. I'd gladly go as a fan/reader, but if I went as a participating author, I certainly wouldn't argue!

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Artist @boltcity and publisher @AALBooks reveal new #HarryPotter cover @scholastic booth #BEA13!              
Have you gone to BEA? Know someone who has? Would you recommend it and to whom?


  1. BEA sounds heavenly! I think I would just be lost in array of bliss if I was able to attend.

  2. Great post!! BEA seriously seems like heaven for readers and writers. If I were remotely close to being within driving distance of NYC I wouldn't miss it! In the meantime, I'll have to live vicariously through you. :)