How to Make the Most of BookExpo America 2014

BookExpo America (BEA) is currently taking place at the Javits Center in NYC until Saturday, May 31, 2014 . This event is an excellent opportunity to network, learn about the publishing industry, and promote yourself and your self-published book. Here is what you need to know and do to make the most of Book Expo America.

1. Plan ahead

Before attending the event, spend some time planning. Review author sessions and exhibit list to create your own personal schedule. Also, be sure to view the floor plan, so you know exactly where to go. This will help you use your time efficiently.

2. Register online.

BEA offers excellent online resources to help attendees plan their visit to the exhibit. One of these great resources is online registration. During the registration, you can also purchase tickets for special events such as Author Breakfasts and Autographing Passes.

3. Dress appropriately.

Since you will be networking, you will want to look professional, but you will also want to dress comfortably. Wear comfortable shoes since you’ll be walking a lot. Also, dress in layers since you may get warm walking around but be chilly while attending one of the conferences.

4. Pack for survival.

Come equipped with items that will help you enjoy the event. Bring a water bottle and your phone charger. Also, pack a small notebook and pen to jot down ideas and notes.

5. Take a break and enjoy the city.

While in NYC, take a break from the exhibit and enjoy the city. There are plenty of great restaurants and attractions to check out.

I’d love to know, what are your tips for those attending BEA?

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at

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