In January I received an email from my editor asking if I would like to take part in a book signing at Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City. BEA is the largest annual book trade fair in the United States. This is where nearly all significant book publishers in the United States, and many from abroad, have booths and exhibits to showcase their upcoming titles and sell current books. This was a huge honor for me as a first time author, I thought about it for about 2 seconds and agreed to go.
I had visions of my visit to New York; sight-seeing, shopping and maybe catching up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a long time, then reality set in. The book signing was going to take place at the end of May sandwiched in between the eighth grade graduation for Son#2 and the eighteenth birthday for Son#1. What’s a Writer Mom to do? Cancel the signing? Skip the graduation? Miss the birthday?
So I made my decision…I am going to attempt to do it all.
I will attend the graduation and then be whisked over to the airport to catch my flight to New York. I arrive in New York at stupid o’clock and sleep. The signing is the next day at noon so I will hopefully have some time to see the other vendors and events and try to get a little more sleep. I will then catch a flight the following morning so that I can return in time to celebrate that weekend with Son#1.
Q: Am I crazy?
Q: Will I be exhausted?
Q: Would I do it again?
A: I will let you know.
I will do a follow up blog post on my visit to BEA, my next turn to blog.
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