I had so much fun at BEA you guys! It was a crazy, fun time. I’ll do another post highlighting the books I got, but here is the lowdown of what happened.
Throughout the week I met a ton of other bloggers and it was so awesome! I haven’t gone through my business cards yet because I have been crazy busy, but it was great to meet each and every blogger.
At the hotel, the day we left…
I promised you all a fabulous NYC story and here it is.
So Kate and I were just chillin in the hotel lobby before we went to the bus station to head home when this woman came running in yelling “Help me!” and “Someone call the police”. The bellman goes outside to check it out and she comes back in yelling “He’s stealing my suitcases!” and “$12 not $17!” Of course I’m curious and I head to the window to check it out.
The woman is taking pictures of the license plate and cab and the cabbie is trying to hand her a sheet of information. Basically, she was told by someone that the cab would cost $12, only the cab ended up costing $17, so she only gave the cabbie $12. The cabbie wanted the rest of his money so he wouldn’t open the trunk to get out her suitcases.
I couldn’t see if the cabbie got his money or not, but a few minutes later the bellman hauled in all FIVE of her suitcases. She continued to be very upset and got a little pissy with the front desk clerk too.
Monday – The Bloggers Conference
At the end of the day I had a great time. It was a lot of fun to hang out with other people that love books as much as I do. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t really learn anything that could make my reviews or blog better but since I enjoyed the interaction I’m not that worried about it. My biggest complaint was with the author breakfast. We only had two authors assigned to our table and one didn’t show up so that pretty much sucked. I really enjoyed listening to both Jennifer Weiner and Jenny Lawson (pictured).
Tuesday – BEA
Walking into BEA for the first was complete sensory overload. So many books! So many people! Where do I go first? The one thing that I really wanted on Tuesday was Ten by Gretchen McNeil (super nice) and I‘m pleased to say that it was a success! I also got in line for Myra McEntire (also super nice) (pictured). It was really nice to chat with her for a minute about her books.
Wednesday – BEA
Kate, Kellie, Cindy and I went to the children’s author breakfast. Chris Colfer was hilarious as was John Green and Lois Lowery made me cry. After the breakfast we headed upstairs to join the madness. Kate and I were both pretty tired and achy so we decided to take it easy and we got in line for the Dark Days signing super early. We were so early, that I was number 4! I will admit that I probably scared Veronica Roth a bit with my gushing.
After BEA Kate and I headed to the Penguin Bird Bash. We were supposed to attend a cocktail party for author Laura Moriarty as well but we had a bit of a cab situation and then we got to the restaurant only to find out it was seized by the landlord so we ended up chillin a bit before heading to the Penguin Bird Bash. The party was a lot of fun. I didn’t approach any authors but we hung out with some other bloggers and spent some time chatting with Tara from Penguin books. In case you’re wondering Tara says that Venom by Fiona Paul is THE fall release that everyone should read.
Thursday – BEA
Got up early to head to the Javits to get tickets for the Mary Higgins Clark signing (pictured with her daughter Carol). Even though I do enjoy her books I wanted them signed for my mom. Kate ended up giving her ticket to the wonderful woman who gave her Odd Apocalypse so I went by myself and I think Kate picked up like 20 books in my absence! After the MHC signing I went to the Penguin booth to wait for them to drop Venom. Then Kate and I punked out and went back to the hotel and we spent the night with our fabulous Canadian roommates.
Honestly there is so much more I could share with you but this post is already long enough. I’ll have my complete list of BEA books up on Saturday!