Another BEA has come and gone. This was my second time going and I had a fabulous time. I had a better time this year than two years ago (mostly because I was a little bit uptight last time). I met lots of awesome people, but I did a terrible job of keeping track of who I met.
The highlight of Thursday for me was finally meeting Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase and Jessie from Jessie Marie Reads in person for the first time. If you don’t know who they are you should, check them out because they are awesome.
I felt that a lot of things were much better run this year than two years ago. The autographing areas in particular. There were a few issues, but mostly they had areas and signs and lots of people wearing green shirts to keep the lines strait and pathways clear.
The longest line I waited in was Get Even by Gretchen McNeil (she was my must have of the day). Later in the day I got a pleasant surprise when Kate from Midnight Book Girl and I ran into Pam from Midnyte Reader who told us that Deborah Harkness was here and was signing copies of The Book of Life, the final book in the All Souls Trilogy. Kate and I booked it over to the Penguin book and we were successful!
I didn’t get as many books on Friday, but 7 of 10 were ones I was dying for, 2 were on my list and 1 was a bonus. I had to make a mad dash for Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield, but it was worth it. I also got to see one of my favorite authors again, Miranda Kenneally, and get her new book Breathe, Annie, Breathe.
BEA ran pretty much the same Friday as it did Thursday. A lot of the publishers had well run lines for books with big signs indicating the end (or middle) of lines as well as good communication.
After BEA Pam, Kate and I headed out to dinner and then to the Book Blogger Picnic. It started to rain but it was great to see all such a fabulous group of book bloggers!
Saturday was a wee bit crazy. The BEA only side was fine, but the book con side was crazy. I made it over to the book con side two times, but only to one specific booth, and I camped out there because I couldn’t handle just walking around in that area. I heard stories that the autographing section had a million people in it and that there was lots of pushing and shoving. You also had to be in line super early to get a book in that area.
People started lining up for Grumpy Cat at 9… And he wasn’t scheduled until noon! Then when they brought him out just before noon there were people just then coming to the booth to get in line, and quite a few didn’t understand that there was actually a line and things got a bit crazy. It was also made a bit more crazy as there were lots of people waiting for The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.
I’ve heard rumors, but I don’t know for sure what the plan for Book Con is next year, but I really hope they do separate the events. They did not go together well at all, plus I think they sold way more tickets to Book Con then they had space for. For all the people they had they really needed the entire floor, not just an area. They also needed way more space in the autographing area to account for all those people lining up early!
Overall I was seriously happy with BEA experience. I met so many amazing and wonderful people, bloggers, authors, and librarians. I hope I am lucky enough to be able to go next year!
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