Giant BEA Wrap-up
I’m back from BEA (or as you probably guessed, have been back for a while but only recently got up the energy to put this post together >.>). This was my first time at BEA and it was a crazy experience! I’m so so thankful to Tabitha and Kim for letting me crash with them since we stayed at Yotel New York and had a quick 9 minute walk to and from BEA. I must admit that I’m looking forward to it being in Chicago since that’ll be much more convenient for me though ;-). Below you’ll find pictures with bloggers and publicists, the book haul and lessons learned! Also, I only went to Thursday and Friday, which I think was just the right amount of days for me.
I think the best part about going to BEA is meeting so many bloggers and publicists that you’ve emailed/tweeted/commented with for so long. I didn’t manage to run into everyone that I’d hoped to, and I completely blame myself for not putting up a pre-BEA picture fest since apparently no one recognized me >.>. Hopefully I’ll be more recognizable now since I’m sharing all these pictures!
Sorry some of the pictures’ quality is horrible, dark lighting is hard! I’m also sorry that I’m not going to be super organized and list everyone with blog links. You know who you are and I had so much fun meeting you all! I also didn’t get pictures with a lot of people looking back on these; must improve that next time, haha. Also, if you are pretty sure we took a picture together but don’t see it here, it is likely because I looked dreadful in it and just couldn’t bear showing it to the world, there were a couple >.>.
More Awesome Pictures
I actually got into New York on Monday and stayed with Mr. Boy’s aunt before BEA. This is a picture of the boy and me eating at Nathan’s, which is famous for its hot dogs. They were pretty darn good, I will admit.
I only stood in a couple of autographing lines, but those were some pretty awesome lines. I think the one on the left is for Heir of Fire, but I’m not sure >.>. I know the one on the right is Holly Black because you can see her awesome hair at the front!
I of course was very excited to grab Talon by Julie Kagawa, but even more exciting was running into her while waiting in a different line and getting to see the dragon action figures she made :D.
Goodbye New York! See you next time :D.
I went in with a list of about 20 books that I was interested in, with three that were the top priorities. I ended up getting everything on the list, including Heir of Fire even though I had given up hope! I also of course ended up with lots of things not on the list. I made sure that everything fit into my suitcase though, since we drove, so here is the insanely heavy suitcase:
But, most importantly, here are the books closer up so you can see hopefully all the titles. If you can’t make something out and want to know what it is, feel free to ask! I’m not going to do links for them all because omg that would kill my fingers me thinks. I tried to get all the images fairly steady, but sorry for any blurriness!
If I don’t write these down now, I will never remember them for advice for next year, so here are the things that were useful or I wish I had realized.
- I wore sneakers, jeans, a book-related T-shirt and a black shrug over it and was completely acceptably dressed as well as comfortable. I wouldn’t worry too much about what you wear as long as it is comfortable and I guess clean?
- I brought a backpack to put books into as well as carry essentials like my wallet and snacks instead of a purse. It served as a good purse because it didn’t get in the way, but I didn’t actually pause to transfer books from my totes into it really at all. I just carried books in totes and then put those totes straight into my rolling bag as you can see above.
- I brought a bunch of Cliff Bars and that was the best idea I’ve ever had. I nommed on them while waiting in lines or even when sitting for a second outside the Exhibit Hall. They taste pretty good, aren’t horrendously sugar filled to make you sick, travel well, and kept me quite energized. I did eat at the food court once, but I could have easily survived on the Cliff Bars I brought. I haven’t been able to eat one since though >.>.
- I jumped into the Heir of Fire line on a whim because there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do at 10am on Friday morning. I wasn’t sure that I’d get a book since I was number 123 I think, but they had way more books than expected so I ended up easily getting one. If you have nothing else planned, you might as well wait in a line for a book; you meet new people and are pretty likely to end up with a cool book!
- The morning rush wasn’t nearly as chaotic or book-filled as I expected. Most publishers seemed to only have a couple of their books out and not the most coveted ones.
- Finding a water fountain to refill my water bottle was freakishly difficult. Are there any in the Exhibit Hall or only out by the bathrooms?
- I gave out A LOT of business cards on Thursday and actually ran out and had to restock once I got back to the hotel in the evening. I advise bringing all your cards, even if you think you have plenty with you, since they go fast.
- I made two kinds of business cards, one set for bloggers with the blog address, Twitter, etc., and one set with my home address for publicists. I have no idea if this is going to lead to more unsolicited copies, but here’s hoping!
- I had a lot of fun talking to the smaller publishers, since I often miss hearing about their books, but they tend to have the more intriguing and fresh speculative fiction. I highly advise checking out the small-pubs in addition to the big five.
- It is clear from the BEA books that contemporary and YA are the hot genres currently. Since I was there to grab sci-fi and fantasy only, I was able to pass up a lot of lines and galley drops. It made me a bit sad to see so few adult sci-fi and fantasy titles, but I picked up a couple that I’ve been looking forward to!
All right, that seems like plenty of lessons at this point, hehe. I’ll be doing lots of giveaways of the books I got in the coming months since I don’t actually like to hang on to ARCs all that much. Which books do you most want to see in a giveaway (besides the obvious Heir of Fire, This Shattered World, and Mortal Heart, ha)?
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