Book Expo: May 25, 2010

Things have been SO busy that I am late posting updates…but I am going to go ahead and post the day to day happenings here in New York anyway!

On Tuesday Kip and I met up with a friend from Library Thing and had breakfast before heading out to a tour at the Penguin publishing house. I am not even going to attempt to list all the publicists we met! But Shannon Twomey, Senior Publicist with Penguin/Viking, gave our group of bloggers a thorough, book-filled tour; and I finally got to meet Lydia Hirt in person. I should have counted up the number of bloggers who attended, but I didn’t think to do it at the time. I’m going to guess it was about 15 to 18 of us. I was thrilled to see Jill from Fizzy Thoughts and finally meet Swapna from S. Krishna’s Books and Lenore at Presenting Lenore. I also picked up business cards from several other “new to me” bloggers.

Penguin is huge. We got a handout listing all their imprints and contacts for each imprint. We also picked up catalogs of all the up and coming books and I felt a bit faint thumbing through them!

We met with several publicists from various imprints in a large conference room where everyone introduced themselves. The publicists had lots of questions, such as: How much lead time do bloggers like in terms of getting review copies? Do we want to be “pitched” or would we rather request from catalogs? And what types of books are we looking to review? They also love getting our links to reviews (since Google Alerts are not always 100% reliable).

Once again, we picked up some great books:

The Divorce Party, by Laura Dave

Sima’s Undergarments for Women, by Ilana Stanger-Ross

Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, by Rebecca Goldstein

Why Dogs Eat Poop, by Francesca Gould and David Haviland (Tarcher/Penguin)

Every Dog Has A Gift, by Rachel McPherson (Tarcher/Penguin)

Through Black Spruce, by Joseph Boyden

Stay tuned for my post-BEA wrap ups (in the next couple of weeks) and ticklers of all the books mentioned here!

After the tour, Kip and I headed into Greenwich Village to grab some lunch and walk around the shops. Then we headed back to our hotel room for a little “down time” before going to the Javits to catch the opening ceremony of the BEA with Barbra Steisand promoting her new book My Passion For Design (due for release in November 2010). The interview with her was enlightening – I guess I had never realized how much of a perfectionist Streisand is (she actually matches the color of the flowers in her outside gardens to the colors of the rooms which overlook them!).

After the headliner event, Kip and I trudged back to our hotel and fell into bed to get a good night’s rest…and to anticipate Wednesday’s exhibit events!

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  1. That sounds like a wonderful day, I wish I had been there with you

    • Wendy on May 31, 2010 at 08:22

    Becky: It was fun (although I could have skipped the Streisand event and not missed a thing)

    • Serena on June 3, 2010 at 06:46

    We skipped Babs’ event. We decided to do some other touristy things. I am now wishing I went on more than one of these publishing tours!

    I can tell you from experience that relying on google alerts is NOT 100% reliable. I have to use them for work, but they do not nearly catch everything out there.

    • Wendy on June 6, 2010 at 08:10

    Serena: You didn’t miss anything by skipping Babs event (she is really out there!). I agree with the google alerts – they miss many of the links to my blog.

    • Lenore on June 8, 2010 at 04:32

    It was so great to meet you! I’m still working on my BEA recap posts!!

    • Wendy on June 10, 2010 at 06:45

    Lenore: Awesome to meet you too! There was SO much going on, wasn’t there?

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