Steven RosatoWhat to expect at BookExpo America for 2013? Books, of course, from the Big 6 publishers to the growing ranks of the indies. Authors, too, naturally – often seated at the end of long lines of autograph-seekers, and this year, as part of UPublish U, they’re sharing insights on self-publishing with other authors.

For a preview, Steven Rosato, BEA Event Director, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally about what’s new for this year – notably, a new “date pattern” (Thursday through Saturday), and “BEA Selects,” featuring presentations by independent publishers.

Wait a minute, one more thing. Parties. Ah yes, the parties! Rosato also makes special note of several book-related bashes at BEA itself, including the “Digital Cocktails Networking Happy Hour” (Thursday, May 30, 4:00 p.m. in the Digital Discovery Zone (D2Z), sponsored by IDPF ; and the BEA Bloggers Conference Networking & Happy Hour (Wednesday May 29, 4:30 p.m.) Networking Happy Hour.

For all the very latest on BEA, check out The Bean, Rosato’s BEA-centric blog.

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