Publishing Palace

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”
Lord Byron

There it was, looming before me — the crystal palace! What a delight to enter its portals and see spread before me all the bookish treasures that any adoring wordsmith might crave! It was BookExpo America 2015 — the largest publishing showcase in North American — and yours truly was there via KWD as a book blogger!

For any author, BookExpo America is a truly amazing experience. Everywhere you look, hanging suspended from the vaulted ceiling of the Javits Center are colorful banners trumpeting the presence of publishing giants: Simon & Shuster! Scholastic! HarperCollins! Penguin Random House!

And among these giants nestled scores of smaller publishers with brightly colored displays and cheerfully uplifting names: Sleeping Bear Press, Apples & Honey Press, Buddha’s Light Publishing, Cider Mill Press, Cottage Door Press, Lake Isle Press, Red Bird Publishing, Quirk Books.

All in all, it was a festive atmosphere, with colorful children’s books and puppets; a raft of author signings, including Lee Child, John Grisham, and Geraldine Brooks; brochures, book excerpts, and giveaways, from pencils to pocket-sized books and bags. And sprinkled everywhere were innovative resources and services all kinds aimed at helping both publishers and authors connect with readers. Among them:

BooksILove: the first mobile platform to foster book conversations between groups of friends via smart phones and tablets.

BookGrabbr: a new web-based marketing firm with proprietary social media tools to attract new readers to authors and publishers.

BookWorks.com: A newly envisioned site launched by The Self-publishers Association featuring ahost of resources for indie authors designed to help them prepare, publish, and promote their books.

It’s exciting to be part of a celebration of books and authors — and it made me feel hopeful and proud to be part of a worldwide community of scribes. Write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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