Like thousands of others, I will be heading to
The convention brings together publishers large and small, booksellers, librarians, famous authors, aspiring writers, and thousands of reporters and bloggers.
In other words, it’s a place to go to feel small.
Since I have never been to a convention with 37,000 other people, I sought out advice. Too bad it’s so contradictory I don’t know what to think:
“Every writer should go to BEA at least once, if only to see how the publishing industry works,” I heard numerous times.
“It’s depressing to go and realize that your book has to compete for attention with all the thousands of other books out there,” is another familiar refrain.
“I don’t go to do business; I just go to see my friends,” one book store owner told me.
“Don’t expect anything out of it,” a veteran attendee told me.
“Follow up with an email after the event.”
I’m not sure what my plan of attack will be. Am I going there as a blogger, an author, or a voyeur? Will I be invited to any of the parties that count? Or will I be relegated to the sidewalk to massage my aching feet?