(View from my room, last year.)
Hey hi hello.
So, are you attending Book Expo America this year? If you are, and this is your first time, I have a couple of bits of advice that I wish I'd known ahead of time last year. I was so starry-eyed about heading to the Big Apple and doing book stuff that I didn't think about a lot of these things. Plus, there are some things you just don't know unless you go. So, read through them if you want and I hope they come in handy! They are listed in no particular order.
- For a fee, you can pay to check your bags of books and pick them up before you leave. It was so much easier than carrying them around all day. This service was available last year so I'm hoping it's back this year. There is also a postal service to box and mail your books home, in the Javits Center.
- Do not wait until the last minute to use the restroom. The lines are ALWAYS long, no matter which one you go to or when.
- Bring a bottled beverage and a snack with you. Standing in lines for hours upon hours leaves little time to go and find food without losing your place in line. There is a great cafeteria to grab a full blown meal, too.
- Always act professional. It is a professional expo with lots of publishing professionals, not a smörgåsbord of books.
- If you really want to wear cute shoes, bring a change in your tote bag or backpack (or whatever.) The Javits Center is HUGE and there is a lot of walking involved. Wear something that won't leave you crying after the first hour.
That's everything that comes to mind, at the moment. If you have any additions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section!