Today is booth setup day at Book Expo America, a time for putting up posters, setting out display copies, and otherwise getting ready for "the running of the bulls" on Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. When the clock ticks over from 8:59 to 9:00, the doors to the Exhibit Hall will officially open and thousands of tennis-shoed book sellers will come racing into the book maze, many already having developed a sophisticated plan, or hit list, for scooping up the most desired ARCs (advanced reading copies) and other goodies from the major publishers before the stacks of books, posters, and whatzits disappear.
Few will race to my booth within the Independent Publisher's Group area (#2723), but they will make their way to me at some point during the show, if only to glance up at the name of my press, shrug, and move on. If you happen to be at the show, stop by and say hello.
I wish you all could be here!