The biggest difference between real BEA (Book Expo America) and Armchair BEA is that Armchair BEA is pretend. And if you are going to pretend, you might as well go all out.
One of the suggested topics for today was "dream panel." Who would I like to see on a fantasy panel of authors and publishers? Since a lot of my reading involves people who have been dead a long time and this is all pretend, let's imagine a panel of Jane Austen, Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) and Charlotte Bronte (though I doubt Charlotte would be comfortable being stared at by so many people).
The topic for their panel would be: "An Improper Career: Women Writing the the 19th Century."
The highlights of the panels would be:
- Choosing a proper male alias.
- Getting published: Which is more effective: letters or male relatives' help?
- Found out! When people discover you aren't a boy.
- Marriage. Yay or Nay?
- Fan fiction: Good publicity or 21st century rip-offs?
I'd pay good money to see that!
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