Who doesn't love a good book fair? For book lovers, it's like being a kid in a candy store. So many different varieties at your fingertips. It's a great place to find new authors and get autographed copies of their work. An added bonus, sometimes you can get discounted book prices. Depending on the event, you can get copies free. Events like the Book Expo America is a literary trade show where authors and publishers distribute books for free to gain interest. There's certain guidelines and a fee to attend, but it worth it to go home with bags filled with books.
For authors and publishers, you’re literally surrounded by your target market eager to get their hands on something new. According to Exhibitoronline.com about 4 in 10 attendees don't plan on attending other events for the year. Meaning, you're not likely to interact with them if you weren't an exhibitor.
Most events are going on right in your city. Here's a few ways to find upcoming literary events in your area:
1. Local Library/Book store: More than often you can visit your local library and book store for a copy of their event calendar. They may also have this listed on their website. The events varies to book signing, readings, and educational seminars for future writers.
2. Literary Business/Association website: There are several literary trade business that attend fairs, expos, and seminars around the world. The Insiders Book Club specializes in author advertisement. They publish a catalogs featuring independent and self-published authors. Catalogs are displayed at literary events they attend. These events as well as others are listed on The Insiders Book Club website under the event section. They will also post events on their site per request. You can find similar sections on like businesses.
3. Follow your favorite author: Authors often list events and signings they will be attending on their social media pages.
4. Internet Search: Pull up a search engine and search phrases like: “Book Fairs”, “book expos”, “book event” followed by the year. You'll be surprised at the results. You'll discover events you never knew existed.