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NEIBA Question of the Week

a )Who is going to BEA?

b)  What do you expect from BEA ?

c) Why are you NOT going to BEA?

d) If you are going, have you taken advantage of meetings with the publishers Book Expo has offered?

e) If you are not going to BEA, what would make you go?

f)  Do you go to BEA for the trade floor or dinners, or to meet with publishers?

g)  Any other feedback on BEA is welcome.

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Josh Christie, Shermans

A) Who is going to BEA?

I'm headed down, though it's more for my extracurricular work (book podcast and book blog, work as a freelancer) than for the store.

B) What do you expect from BEA?

I expect a chance to talk with other booksellers about their stores, and to get ideas about upcoming books and trends in the industry from panels and educational sessions. The 7x20x21 and Editor's Buzz, in particular, are favorite sessions of the last two years.

C) Why are you not going to BEA? -

D) If you are going, have you taken advantage of meetings with the publishers Book Expo has offered?

I'll be meeting with a few of our reps, but I think it's outside of the meetings specifically offered by BEA.

e) If you are not going to BEA, what would make you go?-

f) Do you go to BEA for the trade floor or dinners, or to meet with publishers?

Mostly for the educational sessions, the dinners, and to talk with publishers when I can squeeze in a meeting. The show floor itself is a bit overwhelming, in my experience.

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Debbie Taylor, Shermans

a)  I haven't gone.

b)  Connections, programs, work & fun

c)  Time constraints, primarily- and distance - and cost

d)  na

e)  Some of the programs available via skype or other means, so I could stay in Maine, but still be a part of the programs in which I might be most interested.

f)  na

g) thanks for all your hard work!

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Ellen Richmond, Children's Book Cellar

a) Who is going to BEA?   I’ll be there. I’ve only missed a couple since the 1980’s.

b) What do you expect from BEA ?  In no particular order:   1). networking with other booksellers  2.) sharing/comparing problems and successes with other booksellers  2.) meeting and talking to authors, editors, publishers  3.) Rep Picks  4.) educational programs  5.) getting my store’s name (and mine) into the consciousness of the publishers, sales reps, authors (Maine is off the beaten track and I keep angling for authors to come to Waterville!) 6.) socializing with bookseller friends from all over the country (Many of us first met at BEA and that’s the only time we see each other.)  

c) Why are you NOT going to BEA?  N/A

d) If you are going, have you taken advantage of meetings with the publishers Book Expo has offered?  Possibly, though I have nothing scheduled at this point.

e) If you are not going to BEA, what would make you go?  N/A

f) Do you go to BEA for the trade floor or dinners, or to meet with publishers?   I like the trade floor, especially for publishers from whom I don’t see reps or get much information. I often see something that I wouldn’t know about otherwise. I don’t often make appointments to meet with publishers. I guess I should because it’s often nearly impossible to get into a casual conversation with someone on the floor. The opportunities to meet with authors, sales people, marketing people are most important (and the most fun). Rep picks, author teas, the children’s art auction, etc. I love being able to talk to an author about his/her new book. Those tid-bits are hand selling gifts. “When I spoke to _________ in NY about her new book, ____________, she told me……..”  My customers love hearing those stories. And, I always give everyone my business card and say, “If you’d ever like to come to Maine….”  Some of them do parlay into author visits. I have a couple on my fantasy list; I manage to say hello and give them another card whenever they’re in attendance. Someday…..  I always go to as many of the educational programs as I can manage. The sharing and comparing about whatever the topic is always a learning experience. I love it when I hear someone’s simple solution for the problem that’s been plaguing me for months! I’ve learned to be very selective about what I pick up to schlep home. The most important stuff that I get at BEA is carried home in my head or in my notes.

g)  Any other feedback on BEA is welcome.  

BEA, NEIBA, Winter Institute…….all recharge my batteries and refresh my enthusiasm to be doing what I do for a living. I think that’s the most important aspect. I go to the show and come home excited about bookselling.

Patty Cryan, Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

a)Who is going to BEA?

Sadly, for the first time in several years, I am not able to attend.

c) Why are you NOT going to BEA?

I do not have enough staff coverage this year that would allow me to be away from the store for more than one day.

e) If you are not going to BEA, what would make you go? 

Some kind of scholarship or grant.

f)  Do you go to BEA for the trade floor or dinners, or to meet with publishers?

When I do get to go to BEA [and hopefully I will be able to do so next year], I find the trade floor and meetings with publishers of most value.  I have not really taken advantage of the educational programming during past years, because I find that even three days on the trade floor isn't enough time to meet with everyone!

g)  Any other feedback on BEA is welcome.

I will be so sad to miss the show, and I wish everyone safe travels.

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David Goldberg, WW Norton

A) Who is going to BEA?

As W.W. Norton’s New England field rep, I get to go to BEA about every two years. I’m very happy to have gotten the call this year!

B) What do you expect from BEA?

I hope to see lots of familiar faces in our booth. I usually can’t get a minute with our publicists myself, but what I love to do is introduce booksellers to management so they can learn about your accounts and get to know you. Drake McFeely, our president, is a big friend of the independents, as is our sales director Bill Rusin. If you haven’t met our sales manager, that’s reason enough to stop by. Plus I’ll have access to the secret stash of ARCs!

D) If you are going, have you taken advantage of meetings with the publishers Book Expo has offered?

I don’t know that we’ve gotten lots of formal requests, but please feel free to drop by.

f) Do you go to BEA for the trade floor or dinners, or to meet with publishers?

What about the dance party? That should be reason enough!

 
 
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