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June 2014
A Message from Kristin Nelson

10,000 Maniacs. Oops, I Meant Fans.

Kristin Nelson

Ten-thousand screaming fans! Teens lined up for hours to get in! Squealing girls chasing after stars, screaming their names!

Sounds like a pre-show moment before Fitz and the Tantrums hits the stage, but what I’m actually talking about is 2014 Bookcon, the Book Expo Saturday that’s open to the public.

And I’m not exaggerating! Bookcon sold more than 9,000 tickets, and from the looks of the crowd, I’d say 70 percent of those tickets were sold to teens.


And publishers were caught flat footed. You can’t really blame them. In terms of fan participation, the two previous Bookcons were snoozers, to say the least. As an agent present at this year’s con, I cringed at the missed opportunity. Disappointed fans are never a good thing.

Veronica Roth (of Divergent fame) moderated a panel in a packed room with more than 500 attendees. Hundreds more waited in line for hours but were turned away because of fire-code restrictions. (In fact, at one point, Bookcon had to close down a whole section of the Javits center because the number of people in the space far exceeded those restrictions.) I know because I was there for Marie Lu, who was on that panel with Danielle Paige and Alaya Dawn Johnson. We could have used a room that held 2,000 people.

Books causing fan frenzy. Fans treating authors like rock stars. Next year authors might need handlers and bodyguards. Crazy!

You can bet that publishers will be prepared next year. I hope so!

Bookcon 2015: We are all in!

Pub Rants University

The Nitty-Gritty: How Digital is Transforming the Publishing Landscape – 2014-06-25

Wednesday, June 25 at 6:00-7:30 PM MT

Every writing conference offers how-to workshops on digital self-publishing. But rare is the workshop that gets down to nitty-gritty details of how digital publishing is, from an agent’s perspective, transforming the industry.

Agent Kristin will explain how the publishing business is changing and how this impacts writers at every stage of their careers. She’ll also review contract terms that may restrict traditionally published authors from self publishing.

Key Topics:

  • Should an author digitally publish?
  • What are the pros and cons?
  • Can an author who is traditionally published, digitally self-publish?
  • What are the potential contract hurdles?
  • Can an author partner with an agent to digitally publish?
  • How is the agent role changing as the industry changes?
  • What is metadata and why is it your friend?


  • Kristin will be on video as well as audio.
  • Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the presentation.
  • Attendees will have access to the recorded video of the presentation for six months.

Who should attend?

  • Writers who are serious about writing as a career
  • Writers who want to be publishing biz and agent savvy
  • Writers who like to be more informed about the scope of how digital is transforming the industry
Register Now

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