We're only days away from BookExpo, which is happening in NYC this year. I always enjoy this energized book blitz where busloads of galleys or ARCs, whatever you prefer to call them, are for the taking. This year I have to be more prudent on what I snag since I have nowhere to put all the books I already own. Just a couple of days ago my daughter said to me in passing, "Don't you think the house is a bit, well, top heavy with books?" I have to admit she has a point.
In one of my spare bedrooms, I still have over twenty boxes packed with books, many of them galleys. I am determined to read most of these books because at one point or another there was something about them that caught my attention. Once they are read, though, I will donate them. I just cannot part with them yet. For me, books hold more meaning than just bound pages filled with words. Whenever I open a book for the first time, I feel a small thrill, expecting to be enlightened, entertained and educated. Sometimes that is the case; oftentimes, it's not. But there is always the possibility.
There's been a lot of talk lately about e-books and I'm sure there will come a time that I will be downloading a book onto a Kindle or the like. Yet, I cannot help but think of the shelves upon shelves of autographed books I have. How will the e-books be able to accommodate the future of signed copies? Well, no worries because yesterday author Lawrence Block showed his Facebook friends his autograph for the Kindle edition of his novel Step By Step. Block is not new to this business, so if he can accept and adjust to the future of publishing, I suppose that I can as well.
Either way, I hope to see some of you at BookExpo. If you are free and interested, I'll be speaking about self-publishing and print-on-demand there on Saturday, May 30th at 3:00 PM. Stop by and say hello!