DIY MFA Radio Episode 150: Epic 2017 BookExpo Recap

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This week’s installment of DIY MFA Radio is the Epic BookExpo Recap episode. If you don’t already what BookExpo is, it’s the big industry trade show that takes place in the United States every year. This year, things at BookExpo were a little bit new and different so I wanted to give you a rundown of what’s new, what’s still the same, and what I think all these things say about the book industry as a whole.

In this episode, Gabriela Pereira gives an inside look at the new vibe at BookExpo (and why she’s really digging the new, smaller, industry focus). She also gives a rundown of what really happens at a book industry trade show, and why she attends BookExpo. Finally, she shares a teaser of the four types of books/authors she was on the lookout for while walking the show.

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