As most of you book lovers and twitter people know, May 29 to May 30 was BEA or Book Expo America. Although I only went for two days out of three days and came home really early on the second day, I had tons of fun, experienced things that (gasp!) I never thought would really happen, and learned a lot more tips to share with you future BEA go-ers! Yes guys, you are getting a detailed recap!
And just a quick note, I also have some different tips from my experience at BEA last year!
1. BOOKS. ALL THE BOOKS. BOOKS EVERYWHERE. Anyone interested in seeing what I got from BEA can check out my Instagram BEA haul.
3. People actually knew me and my blog! Like, I can’t get over how incredible that is. There were these moments when I was in line and people told me, “hey, I read your blog!” or “Are you Kelly?” I’ll admit it, I still fangirl and grin like a foooool when I think about it. -runs off to be a fool by myself-
4. Having a “personal assistant!” Let me explain: Cee from The Novel Hermit couldn’t attend BEA (we better meet each other one year Cee, this MUST happen), so she was helping me stalk twitter, texting me galley drops we might be interested in, signings happening, etc. She also entertained me when I was on line waiting. Thank you Cee. <3 5. I accomplished my BEA '14 goal - MEETING SARAH J. MAAS AND GETTING HEIR OF FIRE. AHHHHHH.
6. This picture. Yes, it’s a total Simba moment.
1. I lost my schedule the first day, 10 minutes into BEA. I probably lost it when I picked up the publishers’ galley drop schedules. Losing my schedule that early was such an EPIC FAIL, especially since I bought only one copy, thinking I would never lose it. Boy, was I wrong. -facepalm- (Next year, I swear, I will write down my schedule in a secret code on my hand.) I had to make up my schedule then, but luckily, the galley drop and signing sheets helped me figure things out. I also met up with Jessica from Lovin’ Los Libros and Tabitha from Tabitha’s Book Blog who were nice enough to share their schedules with me! So guys, bring like three copies of your schedule when you’re coming to BEA. You don’t want to end up being like me.
2. Jon from Scott Reads It and I were stalking the Scholastic booth (the lovely people at the booth can attest to that). We were at least an hour early to the Sinner galley drop and The Iron Trial galley drop. During the wait for the The Iron Trial galley drop, Jon and I were reading. He was holding some books that he obtained while I was protecting my friend Octavia’s galley of I’ll Give You the Sun that we got for her since Octavia was away visiting another booth. It should be fairly obvious to other people passing by that the book was in my possession since it was right in front of me and I was looking down at it, touching the cover. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I saw a hand reach for the book and I quickly swat-like grabbed the book off the booth and glared at the lady reaching for it. It turns out that before the lady tried to snag Octavia’s book from under my hands, the same exact lady had reached for Jon’s books, trying to grab them out of his hands while he was holding them and reading them. She never learned when he grabbed them back from her. Yes, this really happened. Who knew?
3. This nice woman working at the Scholastic booth decided to drop the The Iron Trial ARCs early and I quickly got a copy since I was the first one in line. I then turned around to leave and before I took a single step forward, I saw people’s eyes get wide as they registered what was going on and a stampede happened right in front of my eyes. We had to scream THERE’S A LINEEEEE. GET IN THE LINEEE. I barely got out of there alive.
4. R.L. STINE WAS STANDING NEXT TO ME WHILE I WAS WAITING AT THE SCHOLASTIC BOOTH. AHHHHH. (Cee can attest to this happening because I texted her about this. I was also a huge Goosebumps fan when I was younger.) I didn’t want to interrupt his conversation with some other people because hello, that’s rude (okay, fine, I was also scared to talk to him because he is my childhood idol), but I didn’t expect to see him at all!
1. This year, Google Maps was WAY better in telling you which direction you have to walk to get to Javits. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, this post explains it all.
2. Bring three copies of your schedule. Why? Read the first bullet point in the above section.
3. Bring your own lanyard. Last year, BEA gave out free lanyard that we can tie around our neck for our badges. This year, no lanyard, just pins. I had to use last year’s lanyard (yes, I still have my badge from last year!) because I refuse to put a pin in my favorite sweater. Nope, not happening.
4. Use your badge holder! It can keep your business cards and even your luggage ticket. It can save you a lot of time and panic moments.
5. Bring a suitcase. Trust me. You need one. If Jon wasn’t sharing his with me (my parents refused to let me bring one for myself), my arms would be broken and I would have gotten a lot less books. Books are heavy and should be used for weight training when we’re not reading them.
6. Talk to publishers! Yes, some of them might be rude, but hint: they switch shifts. Just visit the same publisher later.
And that’s it! I hope I did a good job recapping all things BEA! Now to fall onto my bed and sleeeeep because boy, do I need it.