First, I hope that SPX is basically the best time you’ve ever had!
Here’s a few thoughts of the top of my head on making the most of it!
Plan for Two Days
The show floor is going to be immense this year and it will take two days to have a realistic chance of seeing everything.
Don’t Be Afraid to Meet People
One of the things that is so important to us as organizers is that SPX is a warm, embracing environment. I think that spirit is really reflected right back at us by the exhibitors and attendees. So you’ll make fast friends!
Stick around for the Social Stuff
The Ignatz Awards on Saturday night are open to everyone but typically sparsely attended by show goers (as opposed to exhibitors and media). Make a point to stay and take them in, along with the after-party.
The Sunday Tumblr Meetup is another great place to get to know folks.
We’ll have multiple ATMs right on the show floor and more artists are taking credit cards than ever before but having small bills in cash will help you stay on the hunt for great stuff rather than running off to refill your coffers.
Bring a Snack
You may not want to break for a long lunch so bring a snack and some water with you.
Bring a Sweater
That exhibitor room can get hot - especially when Saturday gets crushingly busy. But more often than not it is FRIGID in there.
Do Your Homework
The show floor gets really, really busy and with so many artists attending you might want to take some time to go through the exhibitor list, debut books list and the Ignatz Nominations at spxpo.com so you don’t miss someone you were really excited about!
Sunday is Usually More Laid Back
Saturday is going to be crazed and packed. Understandably creators are managing a large volume of people and looking to make sales. Sunday is a better day to get some chat time with folks you’d really like to talk to.
Don’t Sleep on Programming
Bill K, our programming guru has an excellent - even historic line up of panels and presentations going this year. We have two flights running together both days. Check them out at our website and get there early! Those rooms will be full!
Ultimately, what you do at the show depends on what you want to get out of it. I know you’ll have a blast and I hope you’ll swing by and introduce yourself!
Did I miss something, gang?
Hit us up with any other suggestions for first-timers!