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June 2013
A Message from Kristin Nelson

What I Learned At BEA 2013

Kristin Nelson

Besides the fact that polka dots are very much the latest fashion craze. (Seriously, I have no less than five shots of me sporting a navy dress with white polka dots standing next to editors and other book people who are sporting the same, though not in navy.)

I learned that the most interesting conversations were not happening at the panel sessions or in exhibitor booths but in chance meetings on the floor or at the evening parties.

For example, I learned that one publisher is potentially open to print-only deals. Only a chance meeting and an “off the record” type of conversation would have given me that info.

I learned that one publishing house is experimenting with a new possible distribution model. Only a chance convo at an evening party gave me that info.

I learned that librarians are reaching out directly to indie authors to find ways to purchase digital-only indie titles.

And I also learned that the folks at 20th Century Fox, the studio doing Hugh Howey’s WOOL, pay attention to all my deal announcements for possible film options.

That’s very good to know.

I’m glad I eavesdropped, had chance encounters, and attended all those evening parties.

Overall a good BEA.

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