I was amazed by many things at BEA, but none more than the ability to walk up to a salesperson for, say, Random House, and talk a bit, maybe get a free book, and give them a bookmark or a book in return. It was easy and fun, and who knows where it will lead?
The worst part is, I promised a salesperson from, say, Random House, that I'd send him a copy of Accidental Cowgirl, and in return, he'd send me a copy of a new book by an Indian author that I wanted to read, but didn't have room for in my bulging goodie bags, and I not only can't remember his name, I can't remember the book or the publishing house, and I can't find his card (still looking).
Let this be a lesson to you: Take notes, get organized and keep all cards together in ONE PLACE!
Best of luck,
About Mary Lynn
Causes Mary Lynn Archibald Supports
Battered Women's Shelter, SPCA, Healdsburg Animal Shelter, Nature Conservancy