As we leave the polar vortex behind us and dream of spring-like temperatures and blooming daffodils, it's time to get our calendars in order. If you are an author/publisher, then you should really consider attending at least one industry event this year as a way to stay current with the lightening-speed change in the publishing world, as well as to invigorate and fill you with all kinds of new marketing ideas for your book.
Here are a few upcoming events that you should consider attending, which also happen to be taking place in some great American cities. Try to add a day or two to your trip and benefit from a much deserved mini-vacation too!
1. IBPA Publishing University conference, March 21-22, 2014, San Francisco, Sheraton Fishermen's Wharf Hotel
As a member of the Independent Book Publishers Assoc., I can't say enough about how important of a resource they are for authors and publishers. This year's gathering promises to include new information about how to get your content published, distributed, and read; experiential workshops that bring your cover, description, and pitch into the picture; and crucial peer-to-peer networking to strengthen your connections, influence, and resolve.
2. BookExpo America, May 29-31, 2014, Jarvis Center, New York City
BEA is the #1 book and author event in the USA, offering access to new titles, authors, and education about the publishing industry. It runs over 4 days with 500+ authors, hundreds of new titles, and 1,000+ exhibitors. Also, new this year is the Publisher Discovery Zone and uPubU Author Hub created exclusively for entrepreneurial self-published authors to have a presence on the BEA trade show floor to network and benefit from special programming.
3. American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014
This is your chance to learn about one of the most important books buyers out there: libraries! The conference will talk about the transformation of libraries and books, and provide lots of networking opportunities.
San Francisco, New York, and Las Vegas...sounds like fun!