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Do It Yourself (DIY) Publishing Comes to BookExpo America

04/01/2010

Norwalk, CT, April 1, 2010:  BookExpo America (BEA) organizers have revealed plans to launch the BEA DIY (Do It Yourself) Authors Conference & Marketplace which will take place in conjunction with BEA at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.  DIY will occur on Monday, May 24, 2010 immediately before the official opening of BEA the following day.  Convention organizers have seen a large base of aspiring writers and DIY service providers participating in BEA and saw an opportunity to better serve their interests with a dedicated day of business.  It is appropriate and productive given the rapid growth and change in the self-publishing world. 

The new venture is being launched in association with Gotham Writers’ Workshop and The Writer magazine, both of which will be providing considerable support and working closely with the BEA marketing team to coordinate a powerful marketing campaign.  Gotham Writers’ Workshop is the leading creative writing school offering comprehensive classes on the Internet and in New York City and The Writer magazine is the country’s oldest and most respected magazine for writers, providing advice and inspiration to writers at all skill levels since 1887.   

“This is the perfect conference at the perfect time,” notes Steve Rosato, Show Manager for BookExpo America.  “Aspiring writers are empowered by technology in a manner that they never have been in the past.  Authors may now forge their own way in the world of publishing and this means they will need to make lots of critical decisions.  Our goal in creating DIY is to make this process simpler by providing them with information and solutions.  BEA is all about creating environments of mutual self-interest where customers and service providers may interact beneficially.  DIY represents a significant step in achieving that goal.”

DIY will introduce aspiring writers to some of the industry’s most respected companies including: Amazon, Author Solutions, Blurb.com, FastPencil, Filedby, and SharedBook, among others.  The DIY Marketplace will be complemented by the DIY Conference, including the following panels and sessions:  Like Never Before; Getting Your Manuscript Fit: DIY with Help; Authors’ Online Resource: DIY Publicity, Promotion and Events; Do’s & Don’ts - Authors & DIY Services’ Deals; DIY Innovation & Success Within the Bookselling Milieu; and Minor League Moves that Garners Major League Attention Using Online Collaboration to Complete Your Book.  Leading industry experts and professionals who will be presenting include: Peter Clifton, CEO & Co-founder, FiledBy; Michael Ashley, Co-Founder and CTO of FastPencil; Jon Fine, Dir., Author & Publisher Relations, Amazon.com; Robin Goldberg, SVP Global Channels and Partnerships, Blurb.com; Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook; Noah Lukeman, President, Lukeman Literary Management Ltd; Leigh Haber, former book editor who's edited such books as Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth; P.J. Campbell, Dir. of Events, John Wiley & Sons, author, Authors Online Resource:  DIY, Publicity, Marketing and Events; Claire McKinney, former Dir. of Publicity, Henry Holt; Jeff Reich, Editor, The Writer magazine.

Registration for DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace is $199 which includes a Boxed Lunch (this does NOT include admission to BEA).   Please go to BEA website for more information and registration.

For more information about BEA please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com and connect with BEA on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. It is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).  BEA is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself.   

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007 Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 39 fully staffed offices.  Reed’s portfolio of over 500 events serves 47 industry sectors.

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