Hiiii! I’m back!! I had the most amazing week in New York for BEA and I suck at recap posts but really want to share it with you guys.
As you may know, this was the last year BEA would be in New York before moving to Chicago in 2016, so I HAD to go. Not only because of New York, but because I knew it would be my best chance at meeting some of my east coast friends too!
Let’s Talk Plans…
I had a lot of questions about money when I started thinking about planning for BEA. Flights and hotels are easily checked, but what about spending money? How much were people spending while there? I still don’t know because I can’t bring myself to ask. And so you don’t have to ask, I’ll tell you about it…
I booked my flights back in December, when I found them SUPER cheap. Like, they came out to under $300 round-trip! Tom, my fiance, got them for me for my birthday. Isn’t he the best?! But if he hadn’t, I would’ve jumped on that because CHEAP!
Asheley (Into the Hall of Books) and I had talked about wanting to go to BEA this year and how great it would be to room together, so after many texts, circumstances, and arrangements I found myself with four roommates: Asheley, Danielle (Love At First Page), Lauren (Love Is Not A Triangle), and Kel (Booked Til Tuesday)! A little more on them later…
We’d initially rented an apartment where five people could comfortably be together, but stuff happened and cancellations happened and we found ourselves in a hotel room with two double beds. It wasn’t ideal but we were close to the Javits and price was still low, so we made it work. So the room for the week came out to $190.
I can tell you that I spent the most money prepping for BEA. Clothes and a lot of other little travel things and I didn’t use half of them. The clothes, yes, but most of the other things? Nope.
Overall, for food, transport, shopping, I spent a little under $250. I was actually surprised at this low number! I was expecting it to be maybe about a hundred dollars more but I’ll take it. Since we were within walking distance of the convention center and Time Square, I didn’t spend too much money on transportation, which I’m sure helped keep the number low. Food wise, I brought snacks from home and always carried some with me on the floor, so I needing to buy the expensive Javits food wasn’t necessary. And I ALWAYS had a water bottle with. In fact, the roomies and I bought case of waters the first night there and that saved us a few dollars in the end. Highly recommend this.
ALL THE FRIENDS!
I can’t even put into words how amazing it was meeting SO MANY amazing friends and bloggers at BEA. Seriously, it was the best part of the trip.
Beyond the Floor
I was lucky enough to have been invited to a couple publisher events!
Harlequin hosted a wonder High Tea event where I got to meet my favorite romance author, KRISTAN HIGGINS! She was so sweet and easy to talk to. I kept joking that we were now BFFs and kept introducing her as such to other bloggers, lol. I also got to meet the lovely Sarah Burningham of Little Bird Publicity who is always so generous with me and sends me all the Kristan books. I’m excited to read Kristan’s latest, If You Only Knew, very soon. I also met and talked with Karma Brown whose debut, Come Away With Me, comes out August 25. I cannot wait wait to read this! The other authors at the event were also so lovely to meet and talk with. It was a great event overall.
Macmillan/Fierce Reads invited me to their party in the Strand’s Rare Books room and it was beeeeeautiful! I have no picture of it because I’m lame though. lol It was so fun hanging out with so many bloggers outside the convention, PLUS we got to have some drinks, which is always fun. The authors there were Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Leila Sales, Josephine Angelini, and Sandy Hall. I got to meet and talk with Leigh, Leila, and Josie and they were all so fun! Fun, fun event.
Penguin Teen hosted a blogger lunch with Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan and it was such a nice break in the middle of BEA craziness on Friday. The lunch was laid back and both Sarah and Carrie were interviewed with some fun questions while we ate and listened. After they were gracious enough to sign their books for us.
Here’s where I tell you that I had NO PLAN for book drops. But! I got a lot of that info once I got inside the exhibit floor AND publishers tweeted some details on the more anticipated books. Aside from that, I wandered the floor, usually trailing behind one blogger or another. Don’t worry, they knew I was there, lol.
I did use the BEA app for author signings and it was SO HELPFUL.
The most important thing to keep in mind at these things is that these books will be out in the wild at some point, so try not to dwell or be upset if you don’t get a certain book. Also, you may have a friend who did get it and is willing to lend it to you.
The best thing you could do is pace yourself and enjoy the people.