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BEA 2014 Wrap-up

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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.

Friends Met

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!

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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

Pre-BEA Hotdogs

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.

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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.

Brooklyn Bridge

Goodbye New York! See you next time :D.

Books Gotten

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:

BEA Book Haul

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!

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Lessons Learned

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)?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Thanks for sharing the things you learned! I’ll definitely be revisiting your post before I go to BEA. I’m glad you had such a good time :)
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  2. I’m so glad that you got so many amazing books! How is there not a picture of us in there – probably because I took the ones of us huh? LOL
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    • Yeah, as I was going through my photos on my phone I realized that I had way too few since I didn’t snag one when other people had taken one already, mental note!

  3. Well, OTHER than This Shattered World… ;-)

    Talon, Zodiac, The Fire Artist, and The Young World!

    It looks like you had an awesome time, Anya, and I’m so glad. :)
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    • Hehe, yes, there are a few that are obvious choices ;-)

      Awesome, I’ll make sure Young World gets into a giveaway since I wasn’t sure how pumped people were for that one. The rest are definitely in the works.

  4. Fantasy took a huge hit this year, it seems. You can thank the John Green movement for the sudden rush of contemporary. Are you reading Talon anytime soon?
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    • Right?? *clings to speculative fiction* I’ll read The Fault in Our Stars when it is about dragons falling in love >.>

      Soon is a relative term, hehe. Since the release date is so far off, I don’t have immediate plans, but I could be inspired to plans if there was buddy reading?

  5. It was so nice to meet you! I’m glad you had a great time and got so many of the books you really wanted! (I also drove, yay for not worrying about shipping costs bc OMG BOOKS ARE HEAVY!)
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  6. Oh wow, those are some amazing books you picked up. It’s a good thing you drove, how on earth did you pick up that suitcase? I’m very jealous, I wish we had big book events over here!
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    • I definitely made the boyfriend lift the suitcase full of books mostly ;-). It is one of those with four wheels instead of two though, so mostly I just rolled it around which was awesome! It probably weighed about as much as a small child though….

  7. Ahhh, you look so happy on the pictures! Looks like you had a great time. I wouldn’t want to lug that suitcase around though, I can’t imagine how heavy that thing must have been.

    You got so many awesome books to read! The one I’m most excited about is Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. Cole and Isabel are my favourite characters from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Salt & Storm sounds really awesome too. Hope you enjoy them all :D

  8. It was so great to meet you at BEA. (We met on the Holly Black line.) Looks like you got a very nice haul. Yeah, as a Horror gal, it’s hard to find books in that genre at BEA — I agree that it’s mostly Contemps and YA. I do go to Horror cons too, but I’m more choosy because those books I pay for.
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    • It was awesome to chat with you in our non-line ;-). Oh man, I can definitely see horror being an even harder genre to find things for!

  9. So jealous! I SO want to go to BEA. I think I’m going to make it a goal to go next year. Great picks and stuff! :D
    Liesel Hill recently posted…Follow Friday: Armchair TravelsMy Profile

  10. That’s right; I keep forgetting BEA is in Chicago in 2016. I’m thinking about hitting it in NYC next year, but Chicago would be a lot more of a hike…

    The autograph lines were a little scary, but I’m pretty happy with how my evil plan of jumping in the short and/or ending soon lines worked out. :) That is a ton of books! And thus ended any hope of space on your bookshelves. ;)

    I did notice it was easier to slip books into open totes than into the backpack, but I’m still glad I brought one. I packed stuff in while waiting in lines and my back (and cousin who only brought a tote) thanked me. I failed and did not have any business cards with me this year: lesson learned.

    Giveaways are always loved! :D
    Kel recently posted…The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde (4 stars)My Profile

    • Yup, and I’m pumped since Chicago is just a train ride for me and I have more family there, woot! Aw man, you have to promise to go to more than just Saturday next year then ;-).

      There is no more space on my bookshelves…. And I’m back to horizontal and double stacking!

      I think I also had a backpack advantage in that there wasn’t a whole lot I was going for, so I had plenty of time to drop things off in the suitcase and didn’t really need the extra carrying capacity. Oh contemporary trend, you are both helpful and annoying ;-)

      • No matter where they put BEA, it’ll be close for someone and far away for someone else. I wonder whether it’ll affect the publisher turnout, though, with so many companies situated in New York. I’m definitely thinking about doing the whole of BEA next year, especially now they’ve announced the schedule change: Wednesday through Friday will be BEA, and Saturday and Sunday will be BookCon.
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        • That is true, though I heard the reason they’re moving is because Javit’s is charging them too much to hold it there :(

          Huh, so blogger con on Wednesday still though?

          • Hmm…interesting. Javits is probably the biggest NYC convention center, but it’s not the only event space. I wonder if they couldn’t find another big enough or cheap enough. No idea on blogger con. The article I read just stated the new dates for BEA entire and BookCon, though I’m sure they’ll change their minds at least five times before next year. ;)
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          • Yeah, I can imagine NYC is just expensive to rent any space at all!

  11. burn for my by ilona andrews and Talon would be my choice ( aside heir of fire^^)

    i’m glad you had a great BEA experience and i do hope you will enjoy it as much next time
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  12. Adelynne Chang says:

    Looks so fun! I wish I could have gone to BEA. Just wondering, are you going to review ALL of them? Personally, it’d be cool if you could review This Shattered World, Talon, and Salt and Storm. Those are the three books I look forward to the most so hopefully they’re worth their money! Anyway, sounds like you had fun at BEA! :) It’s great that you got Heir of Fire, and hopefully it lives up to your expectations!

    • I am highly unlikely to be able to review all of them. I’ve picked out 30 that really appeal and that I’m going to try hard to read before 2015, but the rest will be added to giveaways and things :) All three that you mention are in the definite pile though!

  13. YAY your recap post :D Fantastic pictures and a truly epic haul! I’m SO happy you were at BEA this year and we got to meet IRL I hope to see you again at BEA 15 ♥ PS- thanks again for donating Cliff Bars, I enjoyed them a lot but have NOT been able to eat one since getting back either LOL
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…Stacking the Shelves 36 – BEA’14My Profile

    • Yes, I finally wrote the recap! I think I just needed to let everything sink in for a week ;).

      Yey, I’m glad they were helpful, it made me feel less guilty for not eating them all, hehe.

  14. What a haul! It sounds like you had fun :)
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