After skipping 2011, I made a return visit to Book Expo America last week, the American publishing industry’s really big show.
I have to say, Day 1 of BEA is always weird. It’s like you’ve entered a tsunami zone; crowds everywhere, the perpetual buzz in the hall, and general sensory overload. What to do? Where to go? Where’s the shipping area so I can unload my books and catalogs?
I started by catching the last 20 minutes of the “YA Editors’ Buzz Panel,” in time to hear the spiel for What’s Left of Me, by Kat Zhang (HarperCollins), and Colin Fischer, by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Razorbill). Totally intrigued by What’s Left of Me.
The room was so darn crowded, although the table-round seating didn’t exactly help (Note to BEA organizers: THEATER SEATING, por favor), I had to lurk in the doorway, thinking I could snag a book or two. Think again, Cyndi. The minute the drapes came off the tables, the hoards descended in mad push-you, pull-you mob. I got one book out of the deal, but probably have bruises on my calves to tell the tale. I mean, REALLY! Haven’t these people ever seen a book?! In hindsight, the other Buzz book I’m most interested in is Skylark, by Meagan Spooner (Carolrhoda Lab). (For a recap of the panel, check out Publishers Weekly’s “Diversity Rules at YA Editors’ Buzz Panel.”)
Then I wandered upstairs to the show floor and bumped into Jerome Kramer, Continue reading