Last Updated Jun 12, 2007 5:15 PM EDT
Wandering around the convention center and chatting with people, I became aware of how much I've learned in just a few months. I am familiar with most imprints of most major publishers; I know how bestseller lists work, how Amazon processes orders, and how bookstores decide to stock books; I know how Barnes & Noble arranges books; I understand the author-agent-publisher relationship; I know a bunch of people in the book publicity world. And yet even with all this learning, I still feel like a newbie! The world of publishing is so vast and so complicated (and so messed up, in many ways).
All in all, though, it was pretty energizing to be in an environment with 30,000 people passionate about books and the business of delivering them to readers.