I still need to finish recapping the Bloggers Conference, but I just had to tell you guys about the first “official” day of BEA. In an earlier post, I promised that I would not go nuts snatching up too many books. Did I keep my promise? Ummm…. OK, I confess. I went a little nuts.
I cabbed it bright and early and arrived at BEA at 7 AM. There was already perhaps 100 or so people on line, and I settled in for the 2 hour wait. There were some semi-obnoxious women behind me, but that didn’t dampen my spirits for long, because when 9 AM hit, WOOHOO!!! Books everywhere! I was pretty indiscriminate at first and picked up a number of random galleys. I think I just needed to get it out of my system. I had a huge list of every possible signing I wanted to attend, allowing for getting shut out of some of them. My first “must” was Kendare Blake at 9:30. Sigh – I didn’t get it. I learned that you cannot line up a few minutes before a big author and expect to make the cut.
Next up at 10:30: Gretchen McNeil. I failed AGAIN!!! I was early, but not early enough. Both of those books were on my BEA Most Wanted list. At 11:30 was These Broken Stars. I HAD TO HAVE this book, and I wanted to meet Amie and Meagan. I got on this line quite early, and SCORE! You don’t have more than a few seconds to greet an author at BEA, but my few seconds with them were great. I was so excited, though, that I forgot to take a picture of them.
The rest of the day, if there was a signing or a galley drop I really wanted, I got my ass on line early. The result was I didn’t get shut out of anything else, but I also had to forego some books I really wanted in favor of books I REALLY wanted. The longest line I waited on was for Sarah Maas. People start forming lines around an hour beforehand for some books. That’s commitment. I think I got on Sarah’s line 45 minutes early, and it was quite sizable already. The line stretched down the hall and wrapped around a corner, continued, and wrapped around a second corner. It was sort of funny (I know – that’s not nice) to see peoples’ expressions when they came around that first corner.
My choosiness resulted in the following successes:
- Tumble & Fall
- The Bone Season
- Unbreakable (Kami Garcia)
- Across a Star Swept Sea
- Eye of Minds
- Born of Illusion
- A Wounded Name
- Independent Study
- And quite a few others. You might be ashamed of me if I told you the total.
- Wild Cards (still hope to get!)
- Through the Ever Night
- The Planet Thieves
- The Boyfriend App
- All I Need
- And lots more
Tomorrow, I’m attending the children’s author breakfast with Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, Octavia Spencer, and Mary Pope Osborne. I’m going to miss out on some of the early morning galley giveaways, but I think this will be a nice change of pace. Plus, when I booked this a couple months ago, I was hoping we would be given Allegiant!
I also HAVE to meet Julie Kagawa tomorrow. She’s signing with Katie McGarry and Amanda Sun. I think that line is going to be ridiculous, and I’m planning on standing on it an hour early. The good thing about jumping on a line early is you greatly increase your chance of meeting a particular author, but you also “waste” valuable time because you must bypass any signings concurrent with the wait. Assuming I get on this line very early, I will miss out on: Once We Were, Something Strange and Deadly, Gameboard, Rose Under Fire, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and Two Boys Kissing. Sigh. Julie and crew are also signing on Saturday, but I hate to wait until the last moment. Decisions, decisions.
I feel a bit more seasoned going in to tomorrow. I’m expecting a significantly smaller book haul and more time spent waiting in line for my most coveted signings.
I’m sorry I haven’t been responding, but I assure you I’m reading every comment! I get home Saturday night, and I hope to start getting caught up Sunday.
Take care, my fabulous friends!!!