My friend Kevin Smokler, whose Brat Pack America is forthcoming from Rare Bird Books in October, said to reserve Monday for catching up with people and sending follow-ups.
That’s the kind of important advice that I picked up as a first-timer at Book Expo America, in Chicago this year for the first time in twelve years. I walked the floors as a publisher, collected business cards, and chatted about the industry with booksellers, publishers, media, bloggers, and sales reps. Some of us were talking about how the non-booth conversations can be among the most valuable, and that was true to my experience. As a result many of the most important connections I made happened without documentation, but here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the scope and size.