So I am going to start with saying that this is my opinion and in no way reflects on anyone. It is just a blogger’s thoughts and should not be used as fact against any individuals.
I spent my weekend enviously watching twitter and instagram as the lucky individuals at BEA16 met authors and received coveted arcs. Unfortunately living in the UK means no major bookcons. The closest we get is YALC which is in London and is tied to Comic Con, which means it is very crowded with people who are not even attending the event. Not only do we lack bookcons but we also get hardly any signings, especially when it comes to best selling American authors. They very rarely cross to this side of the pond and when they do it is usually only to London. It would be nice if other cities such as Cardiff and Edinburgh could welcome authors for signings. Travelling to London can be expensive and since the events are often on weekdays, they are impossible to get to without taking time off work. Unfortunately my bosses wouldn’t give me time of for getting a book signed. Crazy right??
I love all my American online book friends but I often feel like the UK and other countries get the short end of the booknerd stick. Perhaps it’s time the publishing industry start thinking about events such as BEA for the UK. If you build it the bibliophiles will come!!
What are your opinions on this? Does your country get a lot of book related events or do you have to watch from the screen as well? Are you American and have the same problem? Or are these events just too expensive to go to? I would love to know what you all think. Please comment below.