They say you never forget your first! The Solid State Books team was in New York City for five glorious days in June to mark our first foray into the publishing world as SSB! At BookExpo 2017 everyone we encountered was enthusiastic and truly positive about our venture. We felt buoyed by the unbelievable camaraderie and support that we felt from fellow booksellers and publishers alike.
We managed to spend time with many vendors and contacts on this trip. We spread the word about Solid State Books to everyone from the new chairman of the ABA Board to the publishing houses' publicity and marketing teams to the sales groups from all the national wholesalers. Taking care of business!
We enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and made many inroads with new friends and contacts! There are always a lot of folks to say hello to when we gather as an industry. It takes several days and an abundance of walking!
The most obvious bonus for us was a chance to visit some of the great bookstores of New York. We visited seven of them over the four days we were in the city. Three were in Brooklyn: Word, Greenlight Bookstore, and Books are Magic. And we even managed to take photos! It wasn’t an exhaustive list, but we did see many cool displays, great shelves, favorite books, and old friends.
We also visited four stores in Manhattan: Strand Bookstore, Posman Books, 192 Books, and Three Lives & Co. In short, we saw nearly all the bookshops in Chelsea. Alas, we were too tired to remember to take photos! Scott made his inaugural pilgrimage to the Strand. Hard to believe but yes, he was a first timer there despite 14 years in bookselling!
Now if we could just get the ABA to bring the Book Expo back to Washington again! That’s going to have to go on our “to-do” list...