BEA Diary: Day 4

June 2, 2013 Book Expo America 16

I’m home!  My first BEA was a whirlwind.  So many awesome books and awesome people.  As much fun as I had, it’s always good to be home.  I’ve already unpacked my books and stared at them for a while.  I’ve already ordered another bookshelf to hold them, and I can’t wait to get them all organized.

My final day at BEA started out with a mission: Get to the Julie Kagawa signing!  Her signing was at 10 AM, and the doors open at 9 AM.  My plan was a simple one; get through the doors quickly and immediately make my way to the Harlequin booth to settle in for an hour long wait.  I figured that no matter how quickly I moved, I would be at the end of a long line.  Harlequin did something no other publisher did.  They had eleven authors signing at once (Katie McGarry and Amanda Sun among them), so it seemed certain that there was at least one author to appeal to everyone.  But I was in for a pleasant surprise.  I was the SIXTH person on line!  I couldn’t believe it.  Not only was I guaranteed a book from all of the authors, but I would also have more time to hit other signings.  I was lucky I got there when I did, because the line quickly became massive.  When it was my turn, I told her how she was the author I most wanted to meet, and she was just so sweet.

I stayed for about two more hours and wandered the floor and hit more signings and more galley drops.  I managed to get:

  •  Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner
  • PODS by Michelle Pickett
  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry
  • Find Me by Romily Bernard
  • Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
  • Awaken by Meg Cabot
  • This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter
  • Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
  • False Sight by Dan Krokos
  • The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
  • Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
  • And a few others
If you can only attend BEA one day, Saturday seems like the way to go since publishers may put out books remaining from previous days’ signings.
Aubrey and Margot from Epic Reads’ Tea Time hosted a fun event at the HC booth.  We all got a chance to spin a wheel to win one of their recent releases.  There was also a space on the wheel to win a “Book Shimmy” t-shirt, and that’s what I won!  Aubrey and Margot were just as adorably sweet in person as they are during Tea Time.  I was excited enough to meet them that I was actually inspired to do my own quick book shimmy for them.  🙂

Tea Time!

I have to mention the volunteers at BEA.  They were incredible.  Always cheerful, always knowledgeable, always organized, and always adapting.  Without them, the conference would have been a chaotic mess.  Picture the scene: at any given time, there are 25 authors signing in the autograph area.  People start lining up up to two hours early for a signing, so there were always additional lines off to the side in addition to the primary 25.  These volunteers kept everything organized, even with huge lines snaking all over the place.  I don’t know how they did it.  I frequently asked questions, and they always had an answer.  (This is in contrast to an employee of one publisher – cough, Random House, cough – who did not even know who one of his authors was when I asked about a signing!)

Every author I met was 100% gracious, grateful for support of readers, and just as excited as we all were to be there.  When an author told me he or she was actually aware of my blog (and some had even read it!), I can’t tell you how good that made me feel.  Meeting other bloggers I’d interacted with online was just as wonderful.  I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience.  OK, maybe one: next year, I’m bringing a backpack!

BEA Diary Day 1
BEA Diary Day 2
BEA Diary Day 3


16 Responses to “BEA Diary: Day 4”

  1. Robyn Jones

    I would be staring at my loot too. And you ordered another bookcase. Ha! I bet the T-shirt is one of your favorite gets from the convention.

    You went without a backpack?
    Happy organizing!

    • Go Flash Go - Read, Rinse, Repeat

      Well, I’d read that the unofficial dress code was business casual, so…I thought it might look out of place. But lots of people were wearing them. Really, the problem is my lack of exercise, because even though I was carrying a lot of weight for long periods of time, that doesn’t justify the pain I was in. That’s just straight up “need to get my ass in gear.

      That t-shirt, along with one from Susan Dennard, are great.

  2. Romily Bernard

    We are incredibly grateful for our bloggers. Incredibly lucky to have you too 🙂 Without y’all we’re just talking to ourselves hahaha! Hope you enjoy FIND ME!!!

  3. Romily Bernard

    We are incredibly grateful for our bloggers. Incredibly lucky to have you too 🙂 Without y’all we’re just talking to ourselves hahaha! Hope you enjoy FIND ME!!!

  4. Florentine Readiculously Peachy

    I Loved, loved, LOVED reading all of your diary entries during BEA! Just makes me wish I was right there with you! And 6th in Julie Kagawa’s line?! That’s just crazy cool!! Did you tell her to hurry up already with the third book of Blood of Eden, haha! It truly does sound like you had a fantastic and unforgettable time, and nothing can replace that!! Fingers crossed that next year I will be able to join the fun!! Thanks so much for sharing all of this!! 🙂

  5. Kristen Williams

    AHH! So happy you got to meet Julie! Yay What a trip you had…sooo many books, I can’t wait to hear what you think of them all. Is it bad I’m glad you’re home so you’ll be tweeting regularly? haha. Rest up and happy reading!

  6. Jess LiteraryEtc

    Okay I officially hate you. You got Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky! I’m a BIG fan of Thomas and her historicals and haha imagine my surprise at being denied an ARC for being a fan of hers. LOL! You would think a pub would prefer to give a fan of her work an ARC, especially since she’s new to YA, but alas nope. Okay I don’t hate you, you know. 😉 You met Aubrey and Margot! Did you met King Snarkles too?

    I hope your foot is feeling better! Rest up and enjoy looking at the pretty books you just got. 😀

  7. Hannah

    I was SO GLAD I got to meet you! I had a blast with you at the dinner and bumping into you at all the signings and stuff! 😀

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