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Mili Fay goes to BookExpo 2018 in NY

Mili Fay having a conversation in front of the Javits Centre in NY City.

Mili Fay standing in front of the Javits Centre in NY City. Can you see all the bags of books she’s carrying?

Let me just state that it was an experience. In my 35 years, this has been the first time I’ve travelled anywhere on my own — without expecting a welcome committee of family or family friends. My solo status did not last long, since my sister joined me the following day, but it was a new experience.

NY was waking up at five in the morning so that I could blow-dry my hair and make myself look neat and “businessy”. I would leave the hotel (145 W 44th St and Broadway — Millennium Broadway Hotel) and walk the 20 minutes to Javits Centre so I would be there by 8 am. Of course, by the time I got to Javits Centre, humidity had its way with my hair and instead of looking businessy, I looked like Ronald McDonald. Eventually, I stopped blow drying in the morning and had more sleep instead.

BookExpo was intense. Educational sessions lasted all day until about 6 pm. By the third day, I was so mentally exhausted that I just stood there, not knowing where I should go. I learned more than I can process (I’m still processing), met some idols, and walked away with a carry-on full of books. They just give away books for free — ARCs and hardcover-just-published copies, often signed by authors.

Rick Riordan, Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes

Rick Riordan presents his new imprint and the first two books by Roshani Chokshi and J.C. Cervantes.

BookCon, I could not figure out. I find BookExpo is better, because it is less busy, more publishers are there, there is information on everything, and books are free. At BookCon, I had to purchase the books I wanted, and I had no idea what was happening. I did enjoy the author interviews.

Magic and Power Fantsy Panel at BookCon, Javits Centre, NY 2018.

BookCon’s Fantasy Authors. Includes: Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Brandon Sanderson, and Tomi Adeyemi. The Moderator: Daniel José Older.

I have written down all my notes and arranged them in OneNote notebook. I have also uploaded all the recordings of interviews. These are freely available to Mili Fay Art Fan Club Members. You can join the Membership and request a copy.

Would I recommend attending BookExpo?

BookExpo 2018 Children's Authors Breakfast

Children’s Authors Breakfast, including Viola Davis, Jacqueline Woodson, Yuyi Morales, Meg Medina, and Dave Eggers.

If you are in NY, or live near by, and can obtain a ticket (you will have to prove you are in the Publishing Industry), I would get the ticket just for all the free books and autograph copies. If you need more information about the publishing industry, I would also recommend attending this event. I did not find this out until it was too late, but apparently editors could be found at booths at certain times, and what better opportunity to discuss your options with them. I also enjoyed seeing the collective works of each publisher. We (authors and illustrators) are often encouraged to visit bookstores and research publishers to see if our work would fit amongst their work. At BookExpo, I can get a sense of a visiting publishing house at a glance.

Denise Costantino and MerMay 2017

Denise Costantino showing her image featured in Mili Fay’s MerMay 2017 Sketchbook.

What I would not recommend this event for is if you are looking to network with agents and editors. It is far too expensive for you to present your work, and in my opinion this event is geared toward publishers to connect with bookstores and libraries, and negotiate printing and other services. The one agent I and my friend Denise (illustrator of Sweet’s Search for a Forever Home in the Garden State) met explained that the agents that were present were there to negotiate overseas rights and not to look for new clients. She suggested we should visit Writer’s Conferences instead for that purpose. However, saying the above, I did meet several lovely people with whom I hope to stay in touch.

If you have any other questions regarding my BookExpo experience, feel free to contact me.


Mili Fay
July 24, 2018

P.S. I have been absent from my blog for a while, not because nothing was happening, but because so much has happened that I do not know where to start. In the following few posts I will try to catch you up with everything of importance.

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#MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook Launch Invitation!


MythoJuly 2017 Sketchbook Launch Invite

“Who would be interested in this event?”

  • Artists
  • Mythology Fans
  • Art Fans
  • Watercolor Fans
  • “Art of” or Sketchbook Fans


Here. Mili Fay Art Website’s Blog, because I want everyone with Internet access to attend. This way you do not need to have an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr… or any other social media account to attend.

“Why should I attend?”


  • “Athena”, “Lady Hades”, “Lady Krishna”, and a Mystery Painting (to be revealed on the day of the event) in full-resolution (JPEG and PDF) for download
  • 9 Line-Art Coloring Pages for download



3 times/day I’ll show up online and ask a mythology based question. The first person to Reply with a correct answer can ask me to sketch whatever they want. I’ll try to set up Instagram Live (sadly I do not have enough followers to do this over YouTube so everyone can see) where I’ll have about an hour to sketch the request and answer some questions.


Help me spread the word about this event by Sharing on Social Media and you may win a Grand Prize!


  1. Download/Save the cover image (a.k.a Invite) and share it online.
  2. Once you’ve shared the image and information about the event on your social media send an email containing:
    1. the list of Social Media you shared the image on.
    2. your name and contact email (you do not have to use your real name at this stage, but you must have a valid email address)
    3. Answer to: “Do you live in Canada or USA?” (Yes or No.)

    to mythojuly.contest@artofmili.ca. For every social media account you share the invite on, you will get one entry into the draw.


There will be 2 winners: 1 chosen from Canada and USA, and 1 chosen from other countries, so make sure you let me know where you belong. Make sure you provide all the information I require A., B., and C. If you do not, your entry will be invalid. You will be require to provide proof you’ve shared the Invite between December 3rd and December 10th 2017 on Social Media before you can claim your prize.

Winning resident of Canada and USA (no P.O. Boxes are allowed) will win: the original Mystery Painting (it is an 11 x 14 original MythoJuly style watercolor painting featuring a mythological creature to be revealed on the day of the event — $240 value).

Winning resident of a country other than Canada and USA will win: a Mili Fay Art Kindle Collection (Warriors of Virtue Episodes 1-5 Text Edition, Animals In My Hair, The Phantom of the Opera: Inktober 2016 Sketchbook, #MerMay2017 Sketchbook, #MythoJuly2017 Sketchbook — $40 value) and $200 worth of downloadable full-resolution Mili Fay Art artwork of his/her choice (exception: Limited Edition Artwork).

If you are wondering why I’m not shipping artwork outside of Canada and USA, it’s because the shipping and customs costs are insane and I cannot afford them.

Deadline: December 10, 2017 at 12:00 EST


The Requirements have not been met, so there will be no Grand Prize Draw.

The day of, I will pick the winners from a hat on Instagram Live. If you do not have Instagram, not to worry, I’ll save the video and post it on YouTube.

Also, I think there is no point to having a draw unless at least 5 people are present in either category, so if there are less than 5, this draw will not happen. Those who do participate may get a consolation prize.

When you send an email, you should receive an automated message informing you I have received your email. If you have not, check your Junk Mailbox.

Disclaimer: The Grand Prize Draw and MythoJuly 2017 Sketchbook Launch Event are created for fun at my own discretion. I and anyone related to me or my business are under no legal obligations whatsoever.

Keep you eye on the following post: MythoJuly 2017 Sketchbook Launch Event, which will be Live on December 10, 2017 at 12:00 EST. I hope to see you then.

Good luck and have fun!

Mili Fay

A note to spammers: This page is monitored. Please do not waste your time or mine.

Mili Fay--Portrait by Catia Da Costa of CDC Photography


Mili Fay, an award-winning artist, trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College, but when computer animation took over the field, she decided that she loved drawing more than animating. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art determined to support the world one artwork at a time. Today, she passionately creates imaginative artwork and stories, always graced with a humorous modern twist.

Currently, Mili is working on an epic YA fantasy series, Warriors of Virtue, about a reluctant princess, Lauraliee, who learns to become a queen as she defends Ardan from dragon-people (people who turn into dragons).

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