This past week, a number of Pace Publishing students and faculty attended the annual BookExpo America Conference at the Javits Center. BEA is a great opportyunity for students to gain a scope of industry, network with other publishing professionals, learn about new books and meet authors.
If you weren’t able to attend BEA or missed certain conference events, visit BEA LIVE! on your computer or mobile device to catch up!
Below is a brief synopsis by Miguel Cervantes about his experience at BEA:
“One of the things that was first things impressed upon me in the publishing program was that I needed to go to BEA. This being my first semester at Pace, I had to admit my naivete, I neither knew what BEA was nor why it was important. My fellow students were quick to educate me on the Book Expo of America though and how attendance would give me valuable experience and perspective into the industry on which I was now a part of.
The Jacob Javits Center was remarkable; I had been to conventions centers but never one so large. I was immediately struck by a wave of all things publishing as soon as I entered and I had not even checked in yet. After checking in I
walked the floors for the first time visiting booth after booth, publisher after publisher, familiarizing myself with how they filled a niche in publishing. It was in my second pass that I began to take a more active role, talking with authors and also collecting more than a few freebies. The lectures and panels held at BEA were also invaluable in their information. I was lucky enough to attend a lecture on twitter and it’s use in our industry for marketing and a panel on e-books, e-book readers, and the future. These lectures will most definitely help this summer in my position as social media intern at Simon & Schuster.
I feel very fortunate and grateful to Dyson College for selecting me as one of the students to attend BEA this year. Looking back I can say that attending the Book Expo of America was the perfect punctuation to end my first semester at the program here at Pace.”