BEA Adds Programming For Independent Authors

BellaAndreThe biggest convention for independent booksellers and chain bookstores recently added more programming for self-published and small press authors.

BookExpo America (BEA) touts its new Author Hub as an effort to integrate the self-publishing community into the publishing mainstream. This area will be located on the BEA show floor and which will be open all three days of the convention. This venue will serve as a place where authors will put into action all the practices, perspective and know-how presented to them at the uPublishU that takes place earlier in the week. Author Hub members automatically receive access to the uPublishU.

The space on the trade-show floor will feature a presentation area, receptionist desk, large tables for networking, lounge furniture for impromptu chats with colleagues, and the Premium members’ tables. Five intial Premium members are Bella Andre, author of the popular “The Sullivans” series; Barbara Freethy, author of Summer Secrets which stayed for four weeks on the NY Times bestsellers list; Hugh Howey, author of the Wool science fiction trilogy, recently optioned for a film; CJ Lyons, emergency-room doctor and author of the Lucy Guardino FBI series; and H.M. Ward, whose Damaged was the #1 bestselling Indie Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace title of 2013.

“I am very excited to be extending our efforts on behalf of self-published authors,” stated Steven Rosato, Show Manager for BEA. “uPublishU at BEA has been a huge success for us, and we have established a premiere conference for the entrepreneurial author who has become a vital part of the publishing marketplace. The addition of the Author Hub to our program will connect this community to mainstream publishing, providing access to promotion and discovery that was previously unavailable to this universe. I am thrilled that we are finding so much enthusiasm for our self-publishing initiatives and I look forward to making BEA indispensable for all authors seeking to publish their own work.”

In commenting on the programming for the Author Hub, organizer Porter Anderson noted: “Activity in the Hub might fall under the unofficial phrase Don’t Sit Down Programming! Our intent for our Author Hub members is that they have every chance to explore the huge BEA trade-show floor and make important business contacts to support their careers. And to that end, I’m developing fast-burst programming, often in 15-minute sessions, to avoid tying down our authors with long presentations.”

Membership in the Author Hub is limited to 160 participants. More information is available at www.bookexpoamerica.com. BEA holds three full days of Exhibits and four full days of Conferences and Special Events from Wednesday, May 28, to Saturday, May 31, at the Javits Center in New York City.