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I'm a big supporter of BEA. I think the industry NEEDS a large and vibrant trade show, especially with the reported resurgence of small bookstores I keep hearing about. It is also important to vendors.
I read that attendance was up by 2% over last year, with some 7,000+ people in the room. In some part of the hall it was crowded, but to be honest, it did not feel like there was a 'crush' of people on either day.
|Alphabodies: very interesting but not sure it will sel|
|Author Mark Ristau and his novel|
|Cindi Powell of EFA|
|Elly Brinkely of Pen America|
|I believe this is the publicist for the book|
|Carmela Orsini (left) and Melody Fuize of Novel Effect. This is very cool tech!|
|Sara Hoerdeman with the best promotional item of BEA 2018|
|No one wanted to talk to me|
|Great list from a great publisher|
|It will sell... lots of dumb ideas do!|
|Sorry for the bad pix... no flash was allowed.|
|Sally Field (Yeah, we really do like her!)|
|They say you can eat it... like the paste we ate in 1st grade|
|The youngest author I've ever seen at BEA|
|Anne Wheaton, author|
So what is the colophon here? I don't know. I just don't. Even though there were fewer publishers and even though I didn't see any breakout books, it was still a very good show from the standpoint of a book buyer, librarian, or a major exhibitor. But the booths in the marginal areas of the floor just didn't get the traffic that they got when there were 3X the number of attendees.
I want to be optimistic about the chances for survival, but I just can't seem to accumulate the metrics to base such a prediction on. I could see the BEA trade show canceled and only the open-to-the-public (for a price) BookCon continuing. It will all depend on if the major publishers continue to get value from BEA and, of course, continue to buy floor space.
But I don't know. This was the 21st consecutive BEA that I've attended and it was easy to wax nostalgic about "back in the day."
Thanks for reading this... a lot of work went into it and I hope your time was well spent. Below are Diaries of previous shows, should you be interested.
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