Booksellers have until Friday, May 3, to register for two of the American Booksellers Association’s special events at BookExpo. Booksellers can visit ABA’s website to sign up to participate in “Meet the Editor” or to get on the waiting list for “Publicists Speed Dating.”
- Meet the Editor (Wednesday, May 29, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at publishers’ New York City offices): Meet the Editor gives booksellers the opportunity to experience the book editing process through in-person visits with New York book editors at their offices. Booksellers will go directly to their assigned publishing house at 9:00 a.m., where they will meet with editors for approximately 90 minutes. The structure of the editor meetings will vary by publisher but they are meant to give a behind-the-scenes look at the philosophy and process of book editing. Booksellers will be on their own to return to Javits following the publisher visits. Booksellers will be randomly assigned and will receive their publisher information by e-mail prior to BookExpo. Pre-registration is required; register here by Friday, May 3.
- Publicists Speed Dating (Wednesday, May 29, 2:30-5:00 p.m., Main Stage): ABA member bookstore owners, managers, and event coordinators meet with publicists from several publishers among the participating companies. Representatives from the same store will rotate together to assigned publicists’ tables. During the timed “dates,” booksellers have the chance to promote their stores and discover what publicists look for when planning author tours. Pre-registration is required. This event is now at capacity, but booksellers can e-mail ABA Program and Development Coordinator Jessica Stauffer to be put on the waiting list.
This year’s BookExpo industry trade show will take place May 29-31 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.