Oh man, you guys, I am back from BEA and am here to regale with you my adventures! This has been such a crazy couple of weeks for me. My nephew was born the week before BEA so if I wasn’t already sleep deprived, BEA was sure to oblige! :p Luckily, I live in the Philly suburbs so it didn’t take too much time for me to hop on a train to NY Tuesday evening and make my way!
Wednesday morning was the NOVL Bloggers Brunch at Hachette headquarters. It was too funny–when I stepped onto my subway train I just happened to be in the same car as Jamie and April. Serendipitous, I think! NOVL had a great brunch spread for us–including mimosas! I don’t know about you but I never say no to a mimosa. ;) We were treated to an awesome look at some very intriguing titles coming this summer/fall. I’m super interested in The Young World, Salt & Storm, and most especially Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. It was so neat getting a peek at what goes on behind the scenes to bring a book into reader’s hands. Thank you so much for inviting me, NOVL!
That evening it was time to, yes, shimmy on down to the Epic Reads party! My goodness, was this party amazing. I got to mix and mingle with awesome Harper peeps, chat with authors, and meet some seriously awesome bloggers. The hit of the party, though, was most definitely the photobooth. Hee, here’s Steph, Jamie, and I having a blast with it. :D When my cousin told me she me in a photo on the Epic Reads Tumblr I knew I’d made it! And, uh, no big deal or anything, guys, but we played YA trivia at the party and Garth Nix was on my team! Jamie asked him if we could hop in the photo booth and he was totally game. Check out the results! Was that even real life?! Thank you, thank you, thank you for inviting me, Epic Reads!! I had a blast!!!
Thursday morning we were up bright and early to get in line for the actual conference! Remember how I mentioned the nephew thing? Yeah, it left me with pretty much no time to put into planning for ARC drops, panels, or anything. I really went into BEA without a plan (other than get Heir of Fire!!) which was interesting. It was good in that I wasn’t running around like crazy trying to make it from ARC drop to ARC drop to signings and back again. But it was bad in that I felt like I wasn’t really getting the most out of BEA. There is a way to do BEA hardcore and I definitely wasn’t doing that. I basically wandered the floor and if I happened by a publisher booth when there was a drop happening I’d pick the book up if I was interested. At some point in the day Meg let me glom onto her and with her schedule of ARC drops I was able to pick up a decent few. I was definitely focused on only taking what I was really interested and I was working with a limited amount of suitcase space as well. So while my haul might not be ginormous I love it still. It was also just wonderful to be able to chat with everyone working at the publisher booths and meet the people who work so hard to put to put the stories we love out into the world.
That evening was the Macmillan Bloggers Party. More bloggers! More publishing folks! (More drinks! Shhhh.) And I got to gab and gab with the ever lovely Debby and Gillian about our love for all things Throne of Glass, and most especially Chaol. This BEA recap is 50% BEA and 50% fangirling about the Throne of Glass series and I’m not even sorry! (Okay, I’m a little bit sorry.)
Friday morning came and it up was up with the sunrise again. I did not mind, though, for this day was HEIR OF FIRE ARC SIGNING DAY. You might not know, okay at this point you probably know, but I am a massive fan of this series. If I returned from BEA with nothing but an ARC of Heir of Fire I would consider BEA a success. I was in line at around 9:20. The signing began at 11 and I didn’t get through it until 11:40. IT WAS WORTH IT. My #1 most anticipated read of 2014 and it was signed and in my hands! Just look at the pretty:
I would like to offer my sincere apologies to literally every single person I spoke to on Friday because I would not shut up about this book. I can’t help it. This series just turns me into an incoherent blob of feels.
I also had a secondary mission for Friday and that was to get hilariously amazing children’s book Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great signed for my nephew. Ta-da! Aunt points for me!
I bought this book for him before he was even born and it’s just the beginning. He has no idea what he’s in for yet! You will be a reader, child! I will make it happen!
Saturday morning I was off to the Bloomsbury Blogger’s Breakfast. Jessica Day George and Sarah J. Maas were in attendance and we got a tour of the Bloomsbury USA offices. Sarah was gracious enough to let me fangirl at her repeatedly, get a picture together, and sign my Throne of Glass tote! I was in heaven! Thank you so, so much, Bloomsbury!
Then I was off to make one more pass around the floor at the Javits. The “We Need Diverse Books” panel was Saturday morning but darn it-it was already packed when I got there and I couldn’t get in! There’s an unedited audio stream of the panel here for your listening pleasure. Things were winding down after that. Except for BookCon…BookCon was CRAZY and JAM PACKED. It was amazing seeing so, so many young people in attendance but the lines…my goodness, I have never seen such lines and it was almost impossible to move or get anywhere on the floor. I had a train to catch so I made my way to Penn Station and back to Philadelphia. And that was it for BEA 2014!
Is there anything I would have done differently? I wish I had planned (this is a no brainer). I wish I had spent less time wandering aimlessly trying to grab ARCs and focused more on attending panels and specific events. In line with that, it’s not worth it to me to sit in line before the hall opens up at 9AM. I’m a person who loves sleep way too much and, honestly, I just don’t function at my best without it. Next year I’ll sleep in a little, be refreshed and ready to focus on hanging with friends and making new connections. I want to devote my energies to people, panels, and events and not running around the floor. I agree that it’s strange that books are the least of my focus for BEA 2015 but it is what it is. Oh and getting the ARC of ToG #4 if they have it. Who am I kidding? More 2 hour lines? NO PROBLEM.
Also, folks really aren’t kidding when they mention how much BEA hurts. Every day my back was killing me and I have bruises (actual bruises!), in the most random places. People say BEA will kick your ass and it’s true. Wear very comfy shoes and schedule a massage for when you get home. Lordy.
BEA: Exhausting. Tremendous. Intense. Fun. AMAZING. I’m so happy I got to meet so many wonderful people and make new blogger friends. I send a fervently heartfelt thank you to everyone who was so warm and welcoming to me, most especially Tabitha, Anya, Jamie, Steph, Kat, and Meg. You were all so sweet and patient with this newbie blogger and I appreciate it so much. The best part of BEA isn’t the books, it’s the people. You made my BEA experience wonderful and I couldn’t have done it without you!
Win a Pack of ARCs from BEA!
I couldn’t contain all the BEA excitement. I just have to share it with you!! I have an amazing mix of contemporary, thriller, paranormal, and romance ARCs for you fresh from BEA!
The pack includes:
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Vivian Apple At the End of the World by Katie Coyle
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited to read any of these titles. One US or Canadian resident (aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission) will win all eight books. See entry form for complete rules. Good luck!
Our thanks to Dial Books, Razorbill, HMH Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Teen, Harlequin Teen, Harper Teen, and Disney*Hyperion who provided the advance copies for this giveaway.