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Offline Tabris

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2015, 07:11:31 PM »
Like if you're an agent with a book that you've been having trouble selling and this is your last good opportunity to pitch it, it would be super stressful and you wouldn't have any chance to relax and enjoy the fun aspects of it.

Do agents actually pitch books at BEA?

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2015, 07:32:12 PM »
How would I know? I've never gone.

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2015, 07:51:46 PM »
How would I know? I've never gone.

Oh, okay, you're just speculating. It sounded as if this was a standard practice.

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2015, 07:55:42 PM »
Ah, apparently it is: http://carlywatters.com/2012/05/31/book-expo-america-12/  This is from three years ago, but she had 40 meetings set up over 4 days.

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2015, 07:57:04 AM »
Yeah there's definite pitching that happens at BEA
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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2015, 02:49:09 PM »
I've only been once, but for a writer it was a blast! You do a signing, a little press, meet a bunch of authors you've long admired, and then go to some really fun parties. For everyone else, I'm sure those days feel like they are never-ending. All the support staff looked completely stressed. The editors were trying to keep their authors happy (I know it's hard to believe, but some people can be divas!) while squeezing in a million meetings. All the big-wigs were there, looking over everyone's shoulder. It's super crowded and folks waiting in line can get a little squirrelly. After running around all day they've got to plaster on some smiles and work their way through cocktail meet-and-greets. Then, they have to get up the next morning and do it all over again. They all looked so exhausted.

(And yeah, there's a lot of pitching going on. I have a friend who sold over a lunchtime pitch meeting at BEA!)

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2015, 12:33:21 AM »
There are also foreign rights sales going on... not on the scale of Frankfurt, but still occurring. Publishers set up booths and authors are sometimes invited to sign. It varies by publisher. It's truly a trade show. This last one had a strange appearance by a Chinese publisher that garnered some attention. I'm sure if you google Chinese publisher BEA, it will pop up.

I don't go because I'm claustrophobic. BEA is pretty intense. I do ALA (Lots of librarians!), RT, RWA and sometimes TLA. I have some blogger friends who love BEA. It's a real crush. I'm sure it's taxing on the publishers and agents.
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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2015, 03:06:16 PM »
Apparently there was a format change at BEA last year. The era of tons of free books is over. Janet Reid made a comment that the talk this year by New York Agents was that it would not be worth it to go to the one in Chicago next year.

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2015, 09:15:32 PM »
Oh, you guys! The chaos sounds like so much fun! I still wanna go :D
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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2015, 04:59:54 PM »
I've gone - as a librarian, not as a writer - for the last three years. The best thing we did (my sister and fellow librarian got me into this) was the booksellers' speed dating luncheon and the author tea. It's got to be exhausting for the authors, but we met Jesse Andrews and Kevin Henkes, among others, and Kevin Henkes showed us the ENITRE PROCESS of creating and revising one of his picture books. It was beyond awesome! :) And, both this year and last, we learned about books that the kids in our libraries would love. And we got lots of free copies.

I was feeling sad that I couldn't go to Chicago, but we'd have to do it on our own time and money, and I don't see that happening. If anyone is in the Chicago area, I really would advise it.

One thing: If you have a blog, peoples' eyes light up. I've really got to redo my business cards to emphasize that I'm a blogger as well as a writer and librarian. So - if you go, and you blog at all, be sure to let people know! Whether there will be as many ARCS I don't know, but I know publishers and authors are always looking for book reviews!

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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2015, 05:03:37 PM »
-skimming and saw the word Chicago- what's in Chicago I live in Chicago.
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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2015, 05:20:56 PM »
BEA next year!

You should definitely go, since you're right there! Free books. FREE BOOKS!
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Re: Anyone know why agents/publishing people complain about BEA?
« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2015, 05:23:00 PM »
Oooh. That's a good idea. I'll probably have my drivers license and stuff too!
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