It has been an exhausting 4-days since my arrival into Los Angeles to attend the IBPA’s (Independent Book Publishers Association) 2008 Publishing University Conference. It was a great 3-day experience taking in the variety of experiences and information shared. I think there must have been nearly 300 people including staff, speakers, attendees, and guests. The one thing that persistently shows up is how little business sensibilities most wannabe authors have. Most are so desperate to become authors, they throw their promotional stuff to everyone and anyone.
I have to admit even I was overwhelmed with some of the new information and distinctions that were presented especially in the area of media and public relations. I met some important people and contacts that might be instrumental to some changes I plan on making to my publishing business in the months to come.
The full impact of what I got out of IBPA’s Publishing University will linger until after I get back. Fresh off of that 3-day conference, I have just begun my next 3-day run at the 2008 Book Expo America. It has been 6 years since I attended this huge industry event. I think I waited 2 years too long to come back. I won’t make that mistake again.
My feet is sore. I have had three 11-hour days. Today, I put in a light 9-hours and so I have a chance to update this blog. I can do some reading and catch up on some work in my hotel room.