I had no idea what to expect since it was my first ever book expo so I lined up and got my pass which was about $45. Quite steep for admission if you’re not a librarian but at least if one is planning to go they can pay for early admission and go both days. I only went the Friday and spent a couple of hours with Hayley @ Booking It with Hayley G.
There were many Canadian publishers there like Harper Collins Canada, Penguin Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada, Random House Canada, Thomas Allen and Son LTD., and some other publishers I can’t remember at the moment.
At the Harper Collins booth, I saw my contact and talked to her for a bit. Each booth had a bunch of catalogues so I picked that up as well. I even scored some amazing ARCs I had my eye on, and Hayley was kind enough to get a signed ARC of Silver for me because I couldn’t go on that Thursday as well. (Thanks Hayley!)
Then there was the Random House booth (which was the biggest and prettiest display) and I talked to the rep there as well.
We asked her which book did she enjoy and told us The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan was wonderful.
I also saw an ARC of Strands of Bronze and Gold and I think I squealed on the inside. Unfortunately they were display copies only so I couldn’t grab that one. No worries because I usually end up getting the finished copy instead.
By the Thomas Allen and Son booth I talked to a rep that told me my contact went back to school so she gave me her business card. I was super super excited about Grave Mercy’s sequel Dark Triumph and the friendly publicist told me to contact her to request for it. Seriously loved that one because I really enjoy history and who wouldn’t want to read about ninja assassins?
The Penguin booth were having author signings with Morgan Rhodes and Adrienne Kress so once that was done I headed over to the booth and talked to the rep.
I meant to ask her what books were creating the biggest buzz but I got distracted by the cute buttons. And as you know I love dogs, so I promptly forgot LOL.
I even managed to stop by the HBG booth, and there was a line forming and I wanted to see who was signing and it ended up being Megan Crewe! I didn’t have any money at that moment so I couldn’t get a hardcover signed but hopefully Megan will come back so she can sign it for me one day.
The one thing that I had trouble with was trying to find any information on their web site. Everything was buried within the navigation, and I even had to google for admission prices because I couldn’t find it at all. Just a suggestion OLA, if you want people to attend, make the information on your site user friendly please.