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!