BEA Thrills and Chills

May 20, 2013 Book Expo America 21

Just over a week until I head up to NYC for BEA!  It will be my first time, and I’m excited, nervous, and I feel totally unprepared.    

I’m excited for…
  • Authors!  There are so many I want to meet.  Julie Kagawa is one of the authors at the top of my must-meet list, so I’m thrilled she will be there.  And there are too many others to name whose books I’ve either read and loved or want to read.
  • Bloggers!  I’ve only met a couple of bloggers in person, so I can’t wait to replace actual faces with some of the avatars I see.
  • Books! OMG, the free books!  I did not even know about BEA before I gave birth to my blog in February, so I’m still digesting the fact that I will be walking out of that place each day with free books.
  • Forcing myself out of my comfort zone.  I’m quite introverted, but I think it’s good to push myself on occasion.  I’m going to try meet people, make small-talk, and chit chat.  This should not be too hard.  After all, in this environment, we all share a common interest, so it should not be difficult to start a conversation!
I’m nervous about…
  • Crowds.  Now would be a good time to tell you that I get very uncomfortable in crowds.  I don’t like over-anxious, jostling, rude people, and I’ve read numerous posts that promise just that.  I’m a bit worried that I’ll go the first day and find it so unpleasant that I won’t want to go back.  If I start to feel that, I’ll have to repeat the positives above.  Over.  And over.
  • Annoying the hell out of my brother.  In a money-saving gambit, I decided to stay with my brother rather than in a hotel.  He has a small one bedroom apartment in Manhattan.  This would be the longest I’ve ever stayed at his place (4 nights), and I think he’s going to be tired of tripping over me and my stuff every day.  I guess that’s what family is for, right?
  • Being on my own.  I’m going to BEA by myself, and the silly part of me worries if I’ll seem out of place or awkward.  Will I be the ONLY one wandering around by myself?
  • Turning into an obnoxious BEA attendee.  This is my biggest fear.  Am I going to go nuts and try to snatch up books I will never read?  Will I become one of the rude jostlers?  Will I get into shoving matches over books?  People can go crazy in the presence of free stuff, and I hope I’m not one of them.  And if I do?  Please feel free to poke me and say, “Hey.  Quit being an asshole.”
If you’re going to BEA, if you’re considering it in a future year, or if you just have some tips on how to not act like a book-grabbing monster, let me hear it below!


21 Responses to “BEA Thrills and Chills”

  1. Kristen Williams

    I would feel the EXACT same if I were going. I was telling my husband about how sad I was I couldn’t go and he said…just think of how stressed you would be with the crowds and the possibility of not getting the books you wanted…so close yet so far away. I’m so happy you get to go! I want to hear all about it in great detail. Just be prepared to hand me tissue for my tears.

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      Just remember how many more opportunities there will be for this and other events! It’s funny…I KNOW I will be disappointed to miss out on books, even though it’s silly. I could always, um, BUY them. But winning is just so much more fun!!! 🙂

  2. Emily

    hope you enjoy it, i would love to attend one year but as i am based in the uk its a problem, i will just live through others experience haha xxx

  3. Dana

    I’m sure that you’ll meet up with some of your favorite bloggers and then you won’t be alone! I’d love to go to BEA and would have some of your same concerns. I’m not good with crowds but the thought of being around all that bookishness sounds like a dream come true 😉

  4. malvoliosStockings

    I can not stop looking at that little girls face and her gapping mouth. It makes me want to know what she’s so excited about. Anyways, good luck at BEA. Sounds exciting! I’ve been to an anime con before but not a book one. I’ll have to look into that.

    P.S. Be nice to the volunteers. I will never ever make the mistake of volunteering for a convention ever again. That was an eye opening experience on rudeness.

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      Oh, my. I cannot even imagine the stories you could tell. You should do a “What NOT to do” blog post. In fact, I’ll bet you could write a book.

      It’s a shame that you had a bad experience, but it’s not too surprising. I’m sure a few (or was it many?) people acting like deranged animals overshadowed everyone else’s behavior.

  5. Kay

    Have fun at BEA! I’m so jealous. Hopefully I will get to go next year. And don’t worry about going alone, everyone there loves books and authors like you so I’m sure you will find someone to chat with, or you can meet up with another blogger.

  6. Robyn Jones

    I would be freaking too! I’m fine with crowds, even shoving pushy crowds. That feels just like home with my boys (I only have two, but it sure doesn’t feel that way). It’s the socializing I would struggle with. I can just see my mom. “Did you pack your business cards?” “Yes, mom.” “Do you have a pitch ready? You have to talk about your books, Robyn.” “Uh-huh, but I’m also going as a blogger.” Silence.

    I can’t wait to hear all about it. You’ll be great!

  7. Jess LiteraryEtc

    Know that I’m green with envy, but have fun. You’ll end up meeting other bloggers and having a grand old time getting to know people. I know it’s scary, but you won’t regret it. What you will regret is maybe not opening up a little more, but it’s okay to be scared.

    If by chance you pick up a galley of Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go, I’ll take it off your hands.

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      You’re very right about regrets. Imagine coming home and later finding out you were standing right next to a blogger you “knew” but you never said hello. I hope to avoid that!

      And I’ll be on the lookout for Let Me Go. 🙂

  8. wendy-book-scents

    Ahh have fun at BEA! I’m so jealous of everyone that’s going. Maybe next year I’ll be able to go and meet bloggers and ogle at all the authors and books!

  9. Pabkins

    Don’t worry you aren’t alone in your nerves and worries! It is also my first time! My buddy Karen days it’s important to make other blogger friends so we can all work together to score the awesome loots rather than against each other! haha, look me up on Twitter!

  10. playingjokers

    I definitely agree with your lists! I have the exact same thrills and chills as a first time BEA attendee. In fact, I really need to make a point to stop focusing on the cons and remind myself of the pros sometimes. I’m going alone too, but I definitely plan on making a point of meeting someone/networking in every line I’m in. I want to make friends/contacts as much as I want books and meeting authors.

    Maybe we’ll run into each other!

    Michelle @ Playing Jokers

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