Everyone remembers their first BookExpo, the crowds, the boxes, the stacks of books, grabbing anything you can, jostling for autographs, and those aching, aching feet. Here’s some advice for you first-timers making your way to BookExpo.
1. Wear comfortable shoes. Recommended by a chorus of President & Publisher Hank Kennedy, Vice President of Sales & Marketing Rosemary Carlough, Managing Editor Andy Ambraziejus, and Senior Development Editor Barry Richardson
2. Think of your stomach.
a. If you can, bring your own sandwich/lunch! Recommended by Marketing & Sales Associate Ashley Hamilton
b. Or alternately, eat before you arrive if you want decent food. Recommended by Senior Editor Bob Nirkind
3. Take all you can and give nothing back.
a. Check Publishers Weekly and make a list of the bound galleys you want and the booths where you’ll find them. Recommended by Senior Editor Bob Nirkind
b. No need to bring luggage for carrying galleys and books; just find out at which booths they’re handing out the big, strong bags, and head over there before you collect too many galleys to handle. (Easy enough just to read the names on the bags you see people carrying. Tuttle generally has good ones, for example.) Recommended by Executive Editor Ellen Kadin
4. Keep your cool.
a. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by how much there is to see or you’ll miss a lot of cool stuff! Recommended by Senior Development Editor Barry Richardson
b. Take breaks occasionally and go outside to enjoy the sunshine and peace and quiet. It really helps recharge your batteries. Recommended by Managing Editor Andy Ambraziejus
c. The first day is the most crowded; the last day is the pits. Recommended by Senior Editor Bob Nirkind
5. Make a plan of attack.
a. Do a quick walk-through first, make mental notes of anything of interest, and keep moving. Take a break and start again, this time stopping at places that caught your eye the first time through. Recommended by Senior Development Editor Barry Richardson
b. Scout out locations for meetings so you’re not constantly running out of breath and apologizing for being late to those all-important meetings. Recommended by Managing Editor Andy Ambraziejus
c. There are bathrooms in the exhibit area. Find them before you need one. Recommended by Senior Editor Bob Nirkind
No bleeding feet at the end of the day!