WHEW, back from BEA 2014 and I am still drained and catching up! It was so much fun but being a more introverted person, I am happy for the time to recoup and snag a little quiet time!
As predicted, one of my favorite parts was seeing all of my close blogger friends again, meeting bloggers for the first time, and meeting new bloggers that I hadn’t even known before! It was really so fantastic to just spend time with the people that I only get to see once a year at best and I’m so glad I got to come out to NYC and meet up with everyone! Once again, I didn’t take as MANY pictures as I should have with everyone but I definitely have more than last year so that’s a start!
I got into the city on Wednesday, flying straight into LaGuardia. I won’t tell you my taxi-this-isn’t-really-a-taxi story (could I BE more of a tourist?) but I made it safely to Grand Central to meet up with Alyssa (Books Take You Places)! I picked DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas as my airport/plane read and I honestly started it in Midway and finished it at Grand Central. It was THAT GOOD. Seriously glad I chose to read that in one fell swoop! So Alyssa’s train arrived and we headed over to the hotel, grabbed a bite to eat, and then waiting for Amy (Tripping Over Books) to arrive and it was a joyous occasion when we were all finally united again!!!
We went to dinner with Estelle (Rather Be Reading) at Draught 55 because I needed Estelle to introduce me to a few NYC beer selections! We had such a great time catching up and it was so much fun to have us all together, especially since Estelle wasn’t actually attending the conference. It was such a perfect way to start out our BEA trip!
Thursday was probably the busiest day for me overall! We headed to BEA and started the day by scoping out some galley drops and I was fortunate to grab I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN (Jandy Nelson), BELZHAR (Meg Wolizer), and get ZODIAC (Romina Russell) signed, all before 9:45am! That really opened up my day a little bit because I had those on my “schedule” (which I ended up following VERY loosely) and I was able to sort of roam around instead of being “trapped” in autographing & galley drop lines! Thursday was a lot of galley drops and a handful of autographings and the first day was just a bit of a blur! I stalked a few autographings, hunted down a few galley drops, and that was pretty much the majority of my day! We also took our time to pace around the floor and make sure we also said hi to all our fellow bloggers there!
Thursday night was party night for me! I got to go to the Macmillan blogger happy hour over at Houndstooth Pub — YAY! I got back to the hotel around 4 or 4:30 so I had to get ready mildly quickly to book it on over there, so I got ready quickly and headed outside to catch a cab… Only it was rush hour. And there were no cabs. So I started walking (after being told by a cab driver that I “have to wait for one with the light on” because he’s “seen me three times trying to hail a cab” LOLLL no kidding, boss! I kept walking up the street trying to hail as I went to no avail) and literally found no cabs. I was already running late and didn’t want to be TOO late for the party, so at a certain point, I just called it quits and started hoofing it. Yep. That’s right. I hoofed it all the way there. I was mildly sweaty (sorry, guys) and thirsty by the time I arrived but I made it only 15 minutes late! I even got asked if I knew where the block with the fabric stores was so I guess I was convincing as a New Yorker with my fast walking!
The party was fun! My first BEA/blogger party and it was a blast! I got to finally meet the Macmillan staff that I’ve been talking to for so long — YAY! There were so many wonderful bloggers there too and I even met a few people first the first time like Kat, Steph, and Meg from Cuddlebuggery! I got to see some of my blogging friends there too, like Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), Sandie (Teen Lit Rocks), and Christina (Allodoxophobia)! It was so great to talk to them and spend time with them since I never get to see them in person and they are some of my FAVS! It was a lot of chatting and some good drinks, and then before I knew it, it was time to move onto the next party AHHH!
I then moved on to the YA Party hosted by Liza from WhoRuBlog, Andye from Reading Teen, & Hannah from The Irish Banana. What a party!! I got to see bloggers and authors alike with some publishing reps mixed in as well! It was such a great time (after I lost my Bingo card and then found it way too late) and I got to hang out with more wonderful bloggers and have great chats with Jenni from Live to Read, Love to Read, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner, and Brianna from Paperback Princess! Lots of schmoozing & chatting and it was just so much fun to be able to talk with new and old friends alike.
(photo courtesy of Sandie from Teen Lit Rocks)
Jamie, Scott Westerfield, and me (photo courtesy of Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner)
Friday was much more laid-back. I thought it was going to be a busy day, but I actually did a lot of what I wanted on Friday and snagged my most coveted ARCs on Thursday too! We were able to get in line for the galley drop of LANDLINE (Rainbow Rowell) though which was one book I REALLY wanted to get. We also picked up a few great books in a Little, Brown galley drop and I got signed copies of EVEN IN PARADISE (Chelsey Philpot) and THE WALLED CITY (Ryan Graudin)!
At night, Alyssa, Amy and I walked over to a local theater to see Maleficent! It was really, really enjoyable and Angelina Jolie was just perfect for the role! I did have some minor complaints like… plot haha. I just wished they had hashed out Maleficent’s back story more and had less of a cross-over with the Sleeping Beauty plot because I feel like it sort of overshadowed Maleficent’s life and shifted the focus.
Maleficent viewing! (photo courtesy of Alyssa at Books Take You Places)
PHEW, Saturday was the last day and I was exhausted! It was a super chill day with not much to do on the main floor so we booked it straight to the line to meet Cary Elwes (Westley from The Princess Bride, for those of you who don’t know) who was there promoting his new book coming out in October, AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Cary Elwes).
NAMES DROPPED: Bloggers
- Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
- Amy (Tripping Over Books)
- Estelle (Rather Be Reading)
- Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)
- Kat, Steph, and Meg (Cuddlebuggery)
- Sandie (Teen Lit Rocks)
- Christina (Allodoxophobia)
- Liza (WhoRuBlog)
- Andye (Reading Teen)
- Hannah (The Irish Banana)
- Jenni (Live to Read, Love to Read)
- Jamie (The Perpetual Page Turner)
- Brianna (Paperback Princess)
I SAW YOU BUT WHY DIDN’T I TAKE PICTURES WITH YOU?
- Nicole (The Quiet Concert)
- Rebecca (The Library Canary)
- Danielle (Love at First Page)
- Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)
- Andi (Andi ABCs)
- Rachel (As Told by Rachel)
- Gaby (Queen Ella Bee Reads)
NAMES DROPPED: Books
- I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN (Jandy Nelson)
- BELZHAR (Meg Wolizer)
- ZODIAC (Romina Russell)
- EVEN IN PARADISE (Chelsey Philpot)
- THE WALLED CITY (Ryan Graudin)
- AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Cary Elwes)
So to sum up a long post, BEA this year was so much fun! It was definitely very different than last year, but mostly I’m just glad that I got to spend time with my besties, see some of my great blogger friends, and meet new people too! As usual, I didn’t network a lot because I’m just plain intimidated! I made sure to talk with the Macmillan contacts that I knew but other than that… I just chickened out! Sigh. I guess there’s always next year! I just never like approaching a publisher and handing them my card like I expect them to send me things. It feels strange! Whichever way you slice it, it was a total success and a blast! But even still, I’m glad to be home and relaxing, back in the swing of things!
22 thoughts on “BEA 2014 Recap!”
Um, yes, why didn’t we take a picture together?? Fail. Oh well. There’s always next year. And I am going to try to go to ALA MW in Chicago next year so maybe I will see you there? Glad you had a great time at BEA and it was so nice meeting you irl!
I’m still catching up from BEA and it’s been over a week!! I don’t think I saw you there at all… bummer. Maybe next year!! I also chose Dangerous Girls as my travel book!! And I totally loved it as well. It was a page turner!! It looks like you had a great time in NYC and you definitely got A LOT of great books 🙂
It was so, so wonderful to see you, friend! I’m glad we saw each other more than once too — that’s awesome. Your BEA experience sounds like it was so fun, and I’m very happy about that. Can’t wait till next year when we can see each other again (and hopefully hang out a little more)!
WE MET!! hah. I wish we got to talk for longer but at least we met so baby steps!! 🙂 I don’t know why we didn’t get a picture. Maybe because I never remember to take them? It looks like you had a blast and SO MANY BOOKS!! Each passing day got easier for me too because I got so many of the books I wanted on Thursday! Thank goodness because BookCon was a NIGHTMARE. And we suck at giving out our business cards too. *sigh* I hope Ash and I get to do more things outside of the conference next year because that seems to be when a lot of people get to hang out and unwind. *fingers crossed*
I’m glad you had a great time AND IT WAS SO GOOD TO FINALLY MEET YOU! Until next year! (But hopefully sooner) 🙂
Next year I really need to do a better job of taking pictures! I’m so glad I got to meet you! Wish we could have hung out more. 🙂
I said I would do a better job this year and somehow I still didn’t. Sigh. I guess there’s always next year! Hopefully we can talk more next year too! The floor is just too crazy sometimes 🙂
Sounds like BEA was so much fun this year! I’m really hoping I can go next year because it looks like I’d have an amazing time! And all of the books you grabbed look really good. I hope you enjoy them!
P.S. Love Cary Elwes! So jealous!
Thanks, Courtney! It’s so busy but so much fun. Hope you get to go next year too! 🙂
I love reading all these recaps and seeing all these happy, smiling people in photographs (and right now I’m drooling over the picture with your book haul) Oh, how I wish I could have been there! 🙂
Ahh I wish you could have been there too! Maybe someday!!! 🙂
Great recap! BEA was so much fun but totally exhausting! I’m also still recovering. I’ve been falling asleep at like 9pm every night! I wish we had gotten to meet and say hi so I could thank you for all your great tips. I saw you in line to get in the very first day but it was so early and I was not caffeinated enough. I had hoped to see you again but never did. Next time!
Oh no, I wish you would have said hi! That’s okay — I’m always overwhelmed with the amount of people (and lack of sleep haha) and I barely said hello to anyone last year. Hope to see you next year!! 🙂
Looks like it was a fabulous time! Such fun pictures!
Thanks, Amanda! 🙂
SO glad we got to spend some quality time together 🙂 I’m jealous you got out to a movie – that would’ve been a fun group outing.
It would have been! There were rumors about other people who wanted to go but we never heard anything more about it and we decided to go to the movie earlier rather than later after 9pm! 🙂
I enjoyed following your instagram & tweets during BEA. It was fun to see what was going on from afar! Looks like you had a great time. In my (almost) 4 years of blogging, I have never been to BEA. I think it would be an experience for me, but the timing is always bad with work and school.
I hope you get to go one day! I totally understand about work and school though. It’s hard to take that much time off!! I’d love to meet you in person some day! 🙂
Love your recap!! And so many great pictures! So sad that we didn’t get to hang a bit – IDK how this happens, we were basically at all the same things LOL
I’m definitely checking out that Dangerous Girls book though~!
I was still terrible about taking pictures LOL. So bad. But thanks for the bandaids 😀 You saved me!!!
I’m so glad that we got to meet, even if very briefly! And yes, I am totally still recovering too! I feel like my body is still on east coast time because I definitely woke up at 4:30 am this morning! haha. Omg, so awesome that you met Cary Elwes though — I forgoed his line because things were just so crazy there on Sat!
I’m so glad we got to meet too! I feel like with most people it was so super short but hopefully I’ll be able to spend more time with people next year 🙂