The Authors Guild will be at BookExpo May 30June 1, 2018 and at BookCon June 2June 3, 2019 in New York City, and we would love to have you stop by our booth or join us for our panels!

BookExpo 2018 has been reimagined this year to bring you more value than ever before.  Not only is BookExpo the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers and licensing and book industry professionals in North America, they’ve added new initiatives for 2018 that will give visitors profound insights, including, Publicist Speed Dating and In-Booth Meetups, Editors’ Hours and Discovering the Vital Bookstore.  Read on for more details..

BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward-thinking content, including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows, and so much more. To see a list of events and guests, go to

New additions to this year's BookExpo:

Publicist Speed Dating and In-Booth Meetups: Valuable chats will allow publicists and booksellers to plan mutually valuable Author events which are a major driver of book sales and author engagement.

Editors' Hours: Sessions where booksellers can drop into exhibitors’ booths to chat with editors and discover new titles.

And more...

Authors Guild Member Discount

Discounted passes to BookExpo are available to Authors Guild members. If you are a member, please log in or contact us to receive your discount code.

All-access passes for members are $125 (reduced from $250) during early-bird registration through May 11 and single-day passes are $100 (reduced from $200). After May 11 and on-site, all-access passes will be $200 (reduced from $400) and single-day passes will be $150 (reduced from $300). If you have questions when filling out the registration form, please contact us.


State of the Industry: Publishing and Copyright Policy

Wednesday May 30, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Location: 1E12/1E13/1E14

This panel will be moderated by Associated Press publishing reporter Hillel Italie, and will feature some of the most influential voices in copyright policy: Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers; Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild; and Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance. This heavyweight team will explore the equities of copyright law as they relate to authors, publishers, and other aspects of the public interest, from the promise of global digital commerce to the evolving legal landscape in the courts and on Capitol Hill.

How to Work Successfully with Independent Bookstores

Thursday May 31, 2018, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Room 1E10

Presented by the Authors Guild and the American Booksellers Association. Developed for authors, this panel, moderated by author and bookseller Emma Straub, features booksellers who have formulated best practices for working together to create events that benefit both stores and authors. This session will cover a number of issues, from author publicity to dealing with pre-event nerves and will feature booksellers from Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers (Farmington, ME), Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT), Savoy Bookshop (Westerly, RI), Book Passage (Corte Madera, CA), and BookBar (Denver, CO). Moderator: Emma Straub. Panelists: Kenny Brechner, Annie Philbrick, Luisa Smith, and Nicole Sullivan.

Cultivating Genuine Relationships with Readers

Thursday May 31, 2018, 5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

Room 1E12/1E13/1E14

A panel of popular authors with engaged fan bases will discuss how they cultivate and maintain strong relationships with their readers. Topics covered will include social media strategies, tone, maintaining boundaries, balancing engagement with work load, and managing a professional team to help with outreach. Moderator: Leslie Shipman. Panelists: Daniel José Older, Sylvia Day, and Danielle Paige.


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