Book Expo American 2009 is fast approaching (May 28-31), and this year (and probably the next few years) it's happening in NYC. Booksellers will be descending on the city from all over the country to partake in the conference. This year, registration is free for booksellers -- but they'll still need a place to sleep. Since bookstores may be cutting travel costs, Emerging Leaders booksellers may be unable to afford hotel rooms.
What to do? Well, there are a couple of options! You could pool resources with other booksellers or find a comfy couch to crash on (or provide one!). How to find those booksellers? Emerging Leaders has you covered.
The Emerging Leaders Council will be working on pairing booksellers in need of trade show accommodations with those who have places to offer. Need a place to stay, want to pool funds, or have a couch on offer? Email us at abae...@gmail.com, join our Couch Surfing BEA group on Ning, or follow #BEAcouchsurf on Twitter.
This is a chance to foster the camaraderie and professionalism of our industry, learn about how other bookstores operate, and maybe make new friends and contacts in bookstores outside the city. At the very least, you'll have someone to show up at parties with.
See you at BEA!