Book Expo America from the agent side

June 5th to 7th is Book Expo America in New York City where authors sign books, publishers promote their lists, industry members attend seminars, and those in the rights business (like agents) meet scouts, editors and sub agents to sell rights to their clients’ work.

BEA is not a major rights fair, that’s what London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair are for, but it’s a time when everyone is in one place.

Next week I’ll be meeting with editors at their offices, at BEA, and going out for coffee to catch up on what’s new with them and their lists. I’ll pitch new client material, meet with my clients’ editors, and meet editors I haven’t been acquainted with yet to build my network. I have 40 meetings planned in 4 days. 

Not to mention a few parties in the evenings.

I won’t be posting until I get back, but I’m happy to answer questions about book fairs or editor meetings in the comments below… Ask away!

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

2 thoughts on “Book Expo America from the agent side

  1. I will be traveling to Cambridge this April and am thinking of visiting LBF. I am an unpublished writer, still finishing my book. So I don’t have anything to sell, but am just wandering into conferences right now, checking out the scene. Do you think it worth my time to attend LBF? I heard it was not a place for writers. “Like taking a cow to a meat market…”

    What is your opinion?


    1. It’s not a place for writers. Unless you’ve sold your book and are promoting it at the fair because a publisher arranged a signing. It’s a foreign rights fair where agents and foreign rights managers do the selling.


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