I just returned from over a week-long adventure in Los Angeles that included the huge 2008 Book Expo America in Los Angeles. This event followed the 3-day IBPA’s Publishing University also in the same city.
The last time I attended Book Expo America was in 2002 in NYC. It was before I started my publishing firm, Ascend Beyond Publishing. I definitely feel like I waited too long to go back but I did try to make up for lost time soaking it all up and managed to get some nice advance copies of upcoming books.
I am a book lover myself which is one reason I got into the publishing business. I can honestly say my legs hurt every night from all the walking on the convention floor during the day. The are so many exhibitors to visit and products to check out.
I had not planned on attending another Book Expo America for another 2 years but now I feel somewhat compelled to go back next year. I have put it on my calendar.