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Book Expo 2010

STATUS: Ready to shut it down for the night.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? YOU AIN’T THINKING (ABOUT ME) by Sonia Dada

You guys can’t possibly have missed that Book Expo is next week in New York. Yes, I’ll be heading there on Sunday. Y’all know what this means. Spotty blogging unless they’ve got good free wireless from the fair floor.

I’ll have my netbook handy just in case so I can blog at a moment’s notice.

So you tell me, what do you want your intrepid literary agent blogger to report from the floor?

I’ll try and accommodate.

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24 Responses

  1. Anonymous said:

    I’d love to know if you see Fabio wandering around and if so, do you think he’s had any “work” done, or maybe a botox to the forehead? Safe trip,
    Bibi

  2. Gilbert J. Avila said:

    And how would it be possible to get signed first editions of e-books. Annd how one would submit their original e-book manuscripts to a library of archive

  3. Anonymous said:

    Various self-publishers (Lulu, iUniverse, etc) have been offering authors “have your book featured at the BEA” — i.e. pay money and the book will be featured in a catalog, available at a booth, etc. I’ve been assuming these are basically new ways to rip off naive authors, but I am curious whether anyone is actually visiting those booths, and if so who and what are they looking for? Thanks 🙂

  4. CindyLou Foster said:

    What YA trends are holding or wanning? Hope the Backspace Conference is great, too. I loved this conference last year, but wasn’t able to go this year. Maybe next. 🙂

  5. Crystal said:

    I’d also love to know what publishers/agents foresee as the next trend in middle grade & YA, and also, if you can find out what they’d like to see published (aka their “wishlist”. Thanks, Kristin! 🙂

  6. Erika Marks said:

    Kristin, I’d love to get a sense of the level of resources being put into marketing at the Expo–ie, the displays, an abundance (or lack of) ARCs, if display materials are being cut back significantly, etc…Thanks!

  7. Erin Edwards said:

    What trend or book is there that you think everyone is missing?

    Or what book do you think has the potential to be big and what’s holding it back right now to where it isn’t a hot topic at BEA? And what made you notice it?

  8. Suzanne said:

    The general climate of the industry, and how publishers are fairing compared to the economic pits of last year(s).

    Thanks, and have fun!

  9. Anonymous said:

    I would like to know about any *unknown*, i.e., non-celebrity, new authors there are, particularly fiction writers (supermodels-turned-fantasy-author are right out). Who is a brand-new author that publishers are actually taking a chance on, and what are they doing to promote those peoples’ books?

  10. ryan field said:

    I’m curious about a few things at BEA. I can’t go this year, so I’ll just inquire about one thing.

    There’s usually one or two topics everyone harps about…to the point of becoming tiresome. If there are any hot topics this year, what are they?

  11. Anonymous said:

    ” Anonymous said…
    Various self-publishers (Lulu, iUniverse, etc) have been offering authors “have your book featured at the BEA” — i.e. pay money and the book will be featured in a catalog, available at a booth, etc. I’ve been assuming these are basically new ways to rip off naive authors, but I am curious whether anyone is actually visiting those booths, and if so who and what are they looking for? Thanks :)”

    I too am interested in the above comment, as I am one of the “Naive Authors” that took advantage of this opportunity.

    Just wondering if it has a bad rep that all the industry people avoid…..

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