Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the book community for the past few months, you’d know that Bookcon 2019 is quickly approaching. As a 3-time Bookcon veteran, I thought I would share my tips for anyone who’s attending Bookcon this year.
1. Prepare in Advance
I suggest that before going to Bookcon you do your research. It really depends on what you want to get out of the convention. If your goal is to collect arcs (advanced reader copies) : look for the big publishers’ schedules. They typically drop their schedules 1-2 weeks in advance of Bookcon. I would also suggest browsing the in-booth signings to see if any debut authors are signing because if their book hasn’t released yet, that means they will be signing advanced readers copies of their books. Also, you should turn on social media notifications from publishers to look out for secret arc drops and keywords for books. If your goal is to see your favorite authors talk at panels: look up which panels you want to see and make a schedule for yourself. If your goal is to get your books signed by authors: research the autographing area and in-booth signings. You should decide before you attend the con which autographings you want to attend because for autographing sessions in the autographing area, you need to get tickets in advance. For in-booth autographing sessions, you should decide which ones you want to go to so you can bring your books with you and not purchase another copy at the convention. It’s also helpful to decide before so you can plan out your day.
2. Make a schedule
I think you can gather from the last section that scheduling is a part of what I do to plan in advance. It’s very helpful to make a schedule with locations and times so you can make things easier for yourself with the packed day you’ll have ahead. I suggest using Excel or Google Sheets.
3. Bring A Map
There will be a map in the program handed out but it’s quite small. You should familiarize yourself with the map so when you see a location for an arc drop, you know just where it is.
4. Bring Snacks/Drinks
Food at the Javitz center is overpriced and if you’re like me, you probably won’t have enough time to grab food with everything going on! It’s best that you bring some easy to eat snacks with you and drinks as well.
5. Go visit the publishers’ booths.
If you go to the publishers’ booths, it’s likely they’ll have a schedule of all of the events they have going on that day. Also, they have fun swag like buttons, samplers, bookmarks etc. I am a major button/pin collector and I love decorating my lanyard in as many pins as I can find.
6. Have fun and don’t stress!
Bookcon is super fun and try not to let it stress and overwhelm you! There’s a lot to do but try and take it easy because there will be other chances to see your favorite authors and those arcs you want will release eventually.
I hope all that are attending enjoy the convention!