Nothing can really compare to getting oodles and oodles of books. But wait – there is something! Meeting all those people that you share this deep love with. That’s right – not only was BEA a smorgasboard of fabulous books but it was chock-a-pack full of bloggers, authors, publishers and publicity folks that love books just as much as I do.
Many of these folks have become such great friends over the years that it was amazing to see their faces either again or for the first time. Last year when I attended BEA I oogled over all of the authors that I met and I didn’t mingle with as many bloggers.
But this time I got to meet so many of the publicists I email with on a regular basis as well as the bloggers that I regularly stalk – AND got to meet so many new ones.
DAY 1 (TUE) – Travel & I Arrive in NYC
I was so excited and running late in my packing that I couldn’t be bothered to sleep the night before since I had to wake up at 2am to catch a flight that left at 5am to NYC from CA. So no sleep and I arrive in NYC that afternoon and meet up with these lovely ladies
Anna (Annaberry Reads)
Val (Stuck in Books)
Jen (At Random)
Krista (Krista’s Dust Jacket)
Then I go back to the hotel and meet Kim (The Midnight Garden) in our hotel and she has a very late meal and drink while we chat away before both crashing – since BloggerCon is the nest day.
DAY 2 (WED) – BEA BLOGGER CON
I meet a whirlwind of bloggers on this day – many that I’ve met before and many that I haven’t and overall it was a spectacular day of MEETING other bloggers. The panels…well some left a lot to be desired. Especially the second vlogging one which was supposed to be about “How bloggers changed the game” but just ended up being about one specific blogger instead. Many folks were not happy. Anyways it was great though and worth it to go for all the time I got to spend with other bloggers that you don’t really get once BEA starts because then everyone is running around frantic getting books.
I was able to meet Cassie from Disney Hyperion who is one of the sweetest publicity folks you can work with.
Then at the end of the day I met one of my book besties ANYA (On Starships & Dragonwings) as she was going to be rooming at the hotel with Kim and I. We promptly dumped our bags and headed off to the YA Author Carnival at the Jefferson Library. We watched the YA Jeopardy and then boot scooted over to the BOOKRAGEOUS BASH. There was a #Shelfie challenge where the winner would get a bag of books from the sponsor (QUIRK BOOKS) if they could be the first to capture a shelfie pic with each author and tweet them out. I WON – can you believe it? I also won their raffle twice – but passed on the second win cause that was just really uncanny that I’d win that many times (I hardly EVER win things).
Then I met a few more bloggers! Octavia (Read. Sleep. Repeat.) and Nikki (There Were Books Involved) met up with Anya and I at the bookstore.
DAY 2 (THUR) – BEA OPENS!
So that first day I was lucky enough to get invited to the Harlequin Teen Blogger breakfast at the Javits. There we had a round robin style meet and greet with a group of 5 authors (I think it was five…) and a lot of the Harlequin Teen staff. Editors, publicists, Marketing. It was so lovely meeting all of these folks. I broke out my trust autograph book and got the authors to sign it as well as the goody bag of books that they sent us away with. Julie Kagawa even drew a dragon in my book! I can’t show it right now because it still hasn’t arrived from NYC in the box I shipped home on the last day. You can expect to see it in my review of TALON by Julie Kagawa in the future.
in the picture Julie Kagawa, Me and we were photo bombed by Adi Alsaid (author of LETS GET LOST)
I also met this awesome blogger CHAZ who I met last year. As many of you know there just aren’t as many male bloggers that are out there (especially not in YA). And even fewer of them attend BEA. So if you go to BEA you are pretty much wading around in a sea of women. I don’t remember which blog Chaz is from and the business card he gave me had someone else’s name on it so OF COURSE I don’t know which one it is. CHAZ if you see this shout out! This is going to bug me til I can remember his blog because I try to make it a point to scope out the blogs of every single person I grab a card from.
On the left I’m waiting in a very long line, on the right is me and Chaz waiting in that line. It’s all about making friends in line!
I don’t remember which night it was but I went to a Macmillan YA drinks thing where we mingled with all the publicists and the VP of MacKidsBooks (that might have been Thurs or Friday night though I can’t remember – see how organized I am?)
DAY 3 (FRI) – FABULOUS FRIENDS!
So right about now everything is starting to blur together for me. I know Anya, Kim and I weren’t those folks that were lining up at 6:30AM – we usually sauntered into Javits on Friday around 7:45AM – grabbed some snacks and found a spot on the floor to sit for the doors to open up at 9am. I didn’t really follow a good schedule since I didn’t have time to make one this year. But I still made out like a bandit. It was disperse and conquer baby.
The highlight of this day was most definitely meeting my good friends SHECKY and PAT. Heck meeting them I’d say was indeed one of the biggest highlights of the entire trip for me. There aren’t as many attendees that focus on the adult Science Fiction and Fantasy books so these two were kindred spirits. Shecky is a copy editor and is local to the area of NYC and he introduced me to the lovely folks from SPENCER HILL PRESS. They are a smaller publisher and I hadn’t read anything released from them (I fixed that on the plane ride home by reading HAPENNY MAGICK by Jennifer Carson).
Pat has a blog of his own where he reviews books from time to time but he also recently scored a job working as an intern at TOR BOOKS. Boy am I jealous. He and I ran around together for the rest of the day, he was a BEA virgin. *cackles madly*
Me and Shecky on the left, Me and Pat (A BITTER DRAFT) on the right
Another great highlight is constantly bumping into John Scalzi – whether it was in his signing line, or finding the only open chair in the cafeteria at lunch was next to him and getting to sit there and eaves drop on his conversation for ten minutes *wink* then to bumping into him again with Pat and watching as Pat went all FanBoy on him. Yeah it was great.
That’s right – that’s me and John Scalzi (Redshirts, Old Man’s War, Lock In and many other books)
Later that afternoon I met up with a Ardi a publicist from TOR BOOKS that I work a lot with and she was absolutely wonderful. She invited me out for drinks with a few folks and I got to meet all of the literary agents from Jabberwocky, as well as hang out with Mike Underwood (GEEKOMANCY, SHIELD AND CROCUS) This was such a laid back evening and then I got to walk along the High Line Park at night and see such a beautiful view. All of which I was too busy just enjoying to take any pictures of sorry!
DAY 4 (SAT) – BLOOMSBURY & BOOKCON
& THE WORST TRAVEL DAY EVER!
If you have made it through this much of the wrap up post I apploud you. The last day was both a great success but also the worst possible day of the whole trip. This brings going out with a bang to a whole new level.
It started out great because I got invited to the BLOOMSBURY Childrens Blogger breakfast at their office. It was so lovely to have some downtime with other bloggers and get to chat personally in a quiet surrounding with all of the lovely ladies that work there. We got to see where they work and marvel of marvels every wall on the main floor of their office was lined floor to ceiling with books – a veritable candyland! I got to meet Sarah J. Maas and score a copy of HEIR OF FIRE! I should have gotten a picture with her but instead I just for a shelfie.
When I got to BEA after the breakfast was over it was a madhouse. BOOKCON was in full swing and you could barely walk around on that side of the exhibitor floor. I made my rounds seeing if there was anything interesting left to pick up and also grabbed myself some graphic novels. I’ll show those next week when the box arrives. I met back up with Pat and I also got a chance to meet Kel (Booked til Tuesday) and Samantha (a very sweet goodreads friend I made last year who flew out to NYC just for BookCon day).
Kel (Booked Til Tuesday), me and Samantha
If I haven’t mentioned it already one of my favorite parts of the entire trip was getting to meet the handful of publicists that I’ve worked with, whether its been only a few months or a few years. I wish I could have met all of them that I’ve had the pleasure to correspond with but of course not all of them were in attendance. So a big thank you to Ardi (TOR), Meghan (PYR), Ellen (ORBIT), Ksenia & all the gals (MACKIDSBOOKS), Courtney (BLOOMSBURY), Mike (ANGRY ROBOT), Cassie (DISNEY HYPERION), Vikki & Jennifer (SPENCER HILL), Lisa & Jennifer (HARLEQUIN TEEN) and all the awecome comics/graphic novel reps that chatted with me at BOOM! and IMAGE COMICS!
The last thing I did before I rushed back to the hotel to pick up my bags was bump into my favorite childrens author Soman Chainani (THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL) while I was on my way to wait in his line – which was so freaking long!
The Worst Travel Day Ever
So I have to say everything went fine on Saturday – even the crowds of BookCon wasn’t bringing me down because I got to hang out with Pat some more, eat some delicious Pinkberry, grab more fabulous books. But when I headed back to the hotel things rapidly spiralled into the seven levels of hell.
I had arranged for the black car service to be waiting through the hotel for $50 to take me to the airport (to avoid risking on waiting for a yellow cab) bad idea. They said they would take card….we’ll come back to this point.
I needed to stop at the Fedex or UPS to mail a box of books. When I get there I’m in a mad rush – the idiot behind the counter charges my credit card FOUR FREAKING TIMES – saying each time it was denied. Luckily another BEA goer was there and I was able to give her cash and she spotted me 8 dollars that I was missing so my box could be mailed.
Then I’m like “omg my credit cards aren’t working how am I going to pay the cabby?” so I jump back in the black car and furiously dial my credit card compnay – relieved they say my card is fine that it was the fault of the Fedex person ringing it up wrong. They allowed the first charge to go through but will deny the next 3. So essentially I gave the lady $45 in cash and then also was charged one more full amount on my CC (which they say I’m going to have to dispute) Fedex also might have shipped it to the wrong address because the guy could not type at all.
Once done talking on the phone with my CC company and the FedEx company the cabby then starts harping on me that I need to give him $7.50 for the toll. Which I state that is not correct that is part of the cab fare to the airport. So we bicker – I explain I have NO cash – which he then says he has to charge 10% more for credit cards which I KNOW is a LIE. So we are essentially fighting (I try to call the hotel to bitch) but I can’t reach anyone. The cabby starts to pull over to the side of the freeway and slow down – ESSENTIALLY HOLDING ME AND MY LUGGAGE HOSTAGE because if I don’t agree then obviously how the hell am I going to get to the airport on time to make my flight. So finally I have to agree to pay $75.
I arrive at the airport and go to check my Big green roller suitcase and my black hand held duffle (no shoulder straps just hand straps) and I planned to carry on my small green roller and a backpack. Each of these weights about 50lbs except my backpack is way lighter maybe 15lbs. They won’t let me carry on the small green roller because it wouldn’t fit another 2inches down in the measuring box. So I’m stuck carrying the black hand held duffer (Which is HEAVY to be carrying switching from hand to hand. I literally bruised my fingers. By the last flight when I arrived home I was kicking and scooting the bag along the floor and refusing to pick it up) Then to top it all off when I get there one of the wheels on my small roller had broken off never to be seen again. So endeth my wonderful trip with a most horrendous travel day.
Now the quick and dirty of the trip:
- # of Books acquired = roughly 100
- # Adult SFF books acquired = 22
- all the rest of the books were YA and MG (see how heavily screwed BEA is to YA?)
- # of Publisher or Industry professionals business cards I collected = 15
- # of Bloggers & Authors business cards I collected = 20
- # of My business cards I gave away = 150
- # of times I ate freaking chicken strips = 3 days out of 4
- Best food while there – the Tori Dango Chicken Meatballs (rolled in white rice and flash fried)
- I actually had a few drinks…I don’t normally drink (I will totally have a few with Jessica at DragonCon tho!)
- # of pub events I was lucky enough to attend = 3
- Things I forgot to bring with me – Clariton D and my dress shoes
- I had 4 pretty dresses in my luggage left unwarn due to forgotten shoes
- # of times my cell phone battery died this year = 0 (brand new phone!)
- # of selfies taken = 55
- # of bruises acquired = 13 (two really huge ones where I dropped my suitcase on my ankle/leg)
- # of times I skipped lunch = ZERO! I had to eat!
- # of times the idiot at FedEx charged my credit card and said it was denied = 4
- Saved by Andreya at the FedEx (friend of Steph from Cuddlebuggery)
- # times a cabby cheated me and held me and my luggage hostage = 1
- # lbs I had to lug around the airport and two flights = 50lb
- # of suitcases broken = 1, wheels lost = 1
- # of carepackages & thank yous I plan to send this month 12 – 15
- # of hours actually slept Mon = 0, Tue = 5, Wed = 5, Thur = 4, Fri = 4, TOTAL = 18 hours in 1 week
I really think that BEA has a much heavier Young Adult book focus based on the books I brought home. As I read mainly in Science Fiction and Fantasy I was mostly interested in bringing home books in those genres and sub genres. So believe me when I say there were at least double the amount of YA books to adult books in those genres.
Keep in mind while looking this huge cache books that a total of 4 reviewers will be eating through these in the coming months. Also I traveled from California all the way to New York City for BEA and my aim was to make the travel expenses (close to $2,000) worth it by bringing home my weight in books – which I most certainly did. *wicked grin*
HIGHLIGHTING THE BOOKS I’M HOT FOR:
Since listing all the titles would take a long time and I’m feeling really lazy… here are just the ones I’m super gaga for. I’ll put in links tomorrow – it’s late and I’m too lazy right now!
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black | Goodreads |
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller | Goodreads |
Shield and Crocus by Mike Underwood | Goodreads |
The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey | Goodreads |
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin | Goodreads |
My Real Children by Jo Walton | Goodreads |
Lock In by John Scalzi | Goodreads |
Jackaby by William Ritter | Goodreads |
The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp | Goodreads |
This Shattered World by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman| Goodreads |
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto | Goodreads |
Talon by Julie Kagawa | Goodreads |
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater | Goodreads |
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare | Goodreads |
So until next time!!