Book Expo 2013 Begins
Yesterday, I got to take in BEA in nibbles, in between doing some work at the office. (Must remember- Javits center is never as close to the office as I think it is when I’m setting out from the office.) I also woke up yesterday morning at the crack of Seriously Early… confirming my theory that Book Expo is kind of like a bookish Christmas.
I went to a somewhat useful panel on using social media for book promotion. Some of the points they covered, like “If you use a social media channel, make sure you stay active on it” and “engage in conversations, don’t just promote” were things I already knew… and we heard from one author who swears she uses ALL the social media platforms, Twitter, and Facebook, and YouTube, and so on, and still has time to write. Hm. Also, an interesting point about using SEO and Google Keywords to research the way book titles should be worded… which I guess makes sense, because you can do the same for blog posts and topics. Still, it struck me.
And I got to catch a little of an Editors Buzz panel- none of the books particularly grabbed me (they sounded dour!), though I did help myself to a copy of The Facade, a debut novel by Eric Lundgren. “I used to drive downtown every night, looking for my wife.” Promising first sentence…
I am going to try to be in at least 4 places at once at any given moment today, between enticements like Editors Buzz panels (book recommendations, yay) and the enticing possibility of Librarian Family Feud. No idea what that involves, but I’m in! Also, I would like to get my hands on a book about the Beatles, a new novel by Cynthia Voigt, and who knows what else. As many times as I browse the lists, I see more books that intrigue me. And those are just by authors I’ve heard of. I want to find this year’s version of The Night Circus (I am not alone in this desire, I suspect). I will try to temper my book avarice with plenty of reveling among the librarians. Did I say reveling? I meant networking. Right.