Come on, I told myself. You knew it was going to be overwhelming. It's New York.
Look at this line to get into BEA...
|Picture from BEA Site|
I aimlessly wandered around. I wish I had taken a picture of the massive size of the location and the number of people, but I think you can get a sense of it from the above picture from the BEA press page - look how long the line is! It was so different from the SIBA event in Daytona Beach. At that event, books were stacked on tables and publicists were readily available to chat about what they felt were *the* books to keep an eye out on. BEA was tougher for me to randomly introduce myself at the booths, although there were a handful of fantastic publicists who were ready to chat it up (you know who you are - thank you)!
APA Audiobook & Author Tea: One of my favorite events! Unlike other prepared bloggers, I didn't dive into the details on each event, so imagine my surprise when I walked in and Star Jones was the host and moderator for a panel of authors discussing audiobooks including:
- Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic (non-fiction), and is also the husband of Geraldine Brooks
- Karin Slaughter, author of newest release Fallen (crime fiction)
- Brad Meltzer, author of newest release The Inner Circle (suspense/thriller fiction) and host of the History Channel's Decoded
- Star Jones is also the author of new release Satan's Sisters and recorded the audio for the book as well
|Scott Brick, fabulous audiobook narrator|
Dinner at Bice Restaurant with bloggers!
|From Left to Right: Ann from Books on the Nightstand, Stacy from A Novel Source and me and my husband, Jason|
Thanks to Heather for the above two pictures from the dinner - click here go to her site to see close up pics as well. From Left to Right around the table: Reagan from Miss Remmer's Review, Heather from Age 30+...A Lifetime of Books, Megan from Leafing through Life, Sheila from Book Journey, Florinda from The 3 R's, Michelle from Red Headed Book Child, Allie from Alison's Book Marks, then back on around to Ann from Books on the Nightstand, Stacy from A Novel Source, and me.
Pseudo-attended BEA, ended up leaving early and going with my husband to the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum since Michelle Moran's book just came out. The museum was expensive, but it was fun.
|Madame Tussaud was tiny, right?|
Book Blogger Convention! The best of BEA with blogger discussion panels on ethics, ask a publicist, author meetings, etc. I met more bloggers, including the blogger who motivated me last year to start my own blog - Jenn aka The Picky Girl! Love her blog, you must check it out!
|With Jenn from The Picky Girl|
Ellis Island. Loved.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, beautiful.
New York Public Library, incredible.
And we saw the show WICKED later that afternoon at the Gershwin Theater! LOVED!
|St. Patrick's Cathedral|
|New York Public Library|
Home sweet home.
|Okay, so Rome with the Vatican as the background isn't home, but whatever. A girl can dream...!|
Things for me to remember next year:
- Seriously, wear comfortable shoes. Seriously.
- Do more research on which event to attend.
- Take more pictures.