Was it worth it? Well, it’s not like going out to dinner, where you know the answer straight away. It’s more like an investment.
The payoff, if it comes at all for the self-published author, will arrive later in the form of sales, reviews, and visibility.
The good news is that the crowds – 25,000 book industry people passed through the Javits Center over three days – were happy and energized. Reading is still popular enough to draw people willing to stake out places in line before the Expo opened in hopes of getting free books or meeting a popular author.
Many also seemed more than willing to take a look at Indie authors who stood proud in the shadow of the big publishing houses. And while no one from the big houses looked particularly worried, the fact is that publishing is changing. Technology has made it possible for authors to reach out to readers with no middlemen in between.
New York is always a tricky city to navigate; even getting into town is a production. And then of course you have to get out. Bookend headaches. How appropriate. On the other hand, the time in between arrival and departure was filled with signs that suggest the investment could pay off. Now we wait and see.