SPBE "is a learning center for published as well as aspiring authors. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain valuable information about how to successfully self-publish and market their books. Key members of the self-publishing community offering a variety of services to authors will be on hand, as will representatives from all facets of publishing and the media. Top-notch pros will lead a wide variety of seminars and panels on diverse subjects ranging from how to raise the funds necessary to help you publish, build a team, work effectively with an editor, market and publicize your work, create an ebook and much, much, more."
Info and reservations at selfpubbookexpo.com.
"This year, in addition to an all-star line-up of some of the most knowledgeable speakers in the business, the Expo will feature some interactive sessions, and some extended sessions allowing attendees to have more access to the information they need to successfully publish."
I previously bitched about the lack of refreshments other than water. This year SPBE promises a coffee hour for attendees to mix, mingle, compare notes, and ask
one-on-one questions of some of the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and partners. I don't drink coffee, so I hope there will be liquid alternatives, and maybe bagels, donuts or other suitable chewables.
I have attended three of the four previous expos. They were informative and fun. You'll have a chance to talk to people behind the ads of CreateSpace, Bowker and other companies looking for your business, and compare notes and exchange tips with other authors. CLICK for my report on my first Expo.
Archway Publishing will be giving away a free publishing package valued at $1,999 to a lucky attendee. Everyone will be able to go home with lots of tchotchkes such as pens, pads, key chains, thumb drives and Tootsie Rolls provided by exhibitors. Take a messenger bag with a comfortable shoulder strap, and business cards. It can't hurt to tote one or two of your books.
(above) It's probably too late to become an exhibitor to promote and sell your books, but you can ask. Maybe your table and stack of books will attract someone who'll want to give you a million-dollar movie deal. Maybe not.
Admission to the exhibit hall is FREE. Exhibitors include authors selling and displaying their books, and companies promoting products and services for authors.
There will be 16 seminars and panels: 8 sessions in the morning and 8 in the afternoon. (Note: Sessions will be held concurrently, so plan carefully.) Ticket price is $155 (more than the early-bird discount rate, but less than the previously announced $170).
While $155 is more than you'll pay for a movie, it's a worthwhile investment if you are serious about publishing, or merely curious. I'm hardly a newbie (nearly 40 books so far), but I've learned something worthwhile in every session I attended. Other visitors feel the same way, and I've seen people standing in hallways listening to discussions after all the seats were filled.