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March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

Looking at BEA via #ArmchairBEA

I’m thrilled that the Northwest Book Festival will be returning this fall, but I can’t really write about it yet because no real info has emerged other than that it will be in Kirkland the first weekend of October. On the other hand, Book Expo America (BEA) opens next week at the Javits Center in NYC! While I wish I could be there, I’ll be following along with @ArmchairBEA and #ArmchairBEA on Twitter and several blogs. I’ll even be participating in the blogging, making sure that the excitement of this event is felt even here on the Left Coast.

I’ve been to BEA a couple of times when it was held in Chicago at McCormick Place and once at Javits. It’s an amazing event. Publishers of every shape and size show their coming season of books. Authors read and sign their works. Posters and books and bookmarks and other gimmicks are given away liberally. And you are at the heart of the book industry.

Sadly, I won’t be attending this year, but I will be represented. I’ll be making two big announcements at BEA this year and can’t wait to see the results. BEA is also the week of the BookBloggers convention and the IDPF annual conference. That’s the International Digital Publishing Forum that maintains the ePUB specification. There are going to be cool things happening at both of those.

And if you have a real desire to get in on the giveaways, to find out what is happening in the world of publishing, and be in the center of the publishing industry for a week, join ArmchairBEA. Here’s a quote from the participant registration site:

So, what exactly does being a participant entail? First and foremost, you'll be able to celebrate and participate in an event that happens each year in New York City, Book Expo America, from the comfort of your very own home, hopefully a snugly armchair! Secondly, and we hope equally as important, you'll be able to meet new book bloggers and join together in a celebration of the wonderful community that comes out of book blogging. Lastly, it means participating, however you're able to. This can be by posting, tweeting, discussing, or even by simply reading and commenting on participating blogs. Your level of participation is entirely up to you, but we hope you'll find something to get you involved in this fabulous event!

We have several items in the giveaway list from both Long Tale Press and NWE Signatures. It will include the opportunity to become the first reviewer of my upcoming release which will be announced next week.

Okay. I’ve said enough for today. Don’t miss BEA—live or virtual!