BEA 2015 Recap!

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BEA 2015 Recap!

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.



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.


The End

Jess @ Gone with the Words

17 Responses to “BEA 2015 Recap!”

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    It’s funny because BEA is not as expensive as you think it will be. The hotel and travel is the chunk of your budget. Especially when you get invited to events that cover the cost of a night out.

    I’m so happy that you went and that we got to hang out as much as we did. It was such a fabulous time and I’m still lobbying for you to come to Boston for ALAMW in January. :-)

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    Such a great recap!! I’m jealous of your roomie situation!! You ladies were so much fun to hang out with and I am SOOOO happy I got to finally meet you all and fangirl with you in person :) Wish I had stayed longer but your book haul looks epic and you hit up all the fabulous spots to eat and drink!! Let me know when you’re back in NYC and I’ll come up for the day again xoxoxo

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    MIchelle @ Book Briefs

    It looks like you had an amazing time at BEA! And you got some INCREDIBLE books! I hope you love, love, love them all! I have never been to BEA. Maybe next year will be when I finally get to go :)

    I hope you have a fantastic week :) Happy Reading!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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    Alexa S.

    I’m seriously so, so happy that we were able to meet at BEA this year! <3 Enjoyed reading your recap, and I'm so glad that you had an amazing time :)

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    Kel @ Booked til Tuesday

    Fantastic recap and, once again, you were a wonderful roommate! (And on the money front, I think I spent somewhere around $200, including transportation to NYC, but, like you, I packed snacks and was generally a cheapskate (though goodness knows what I spent prepping for the week).)

    And you took such beautiful pictures! I’m glad you had a fun week, and here’s hoping we can meet up again sometime. :)

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    Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    Great recap and great tips!!! If/when I go next year I’ll have to remember them and to go with the flow :) Glad to hear it wasn’t as expensive as you thought either, sounds like you got lots of good deals! And ahhhh everyone you got to meet! How fun, so jealous :)

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    Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust

    What a great recap! I had something similar in mine, with the expectations vs reality, but I didn’t touch on expenses. That’s definitely something I think everyone wants to know about but don’t want to ask.

    It was wonderful to meet you! So glad you had such a great experience as well :)

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    Bonnie @ A Backwards Story

    So glad you had such a great time!!!

    Money, I never thought about it like that! We were within walking distance of Javits as well, and we took the shuttle sometimes, too. I did take the subway a few times: The return trip from the Teen Author Carnival, both directions to The Strand for Macmillan, and both directions for the Books of Wonder panel. So that was about #12-$13.

    Food-wise, I brought a box of granola bars, some Kind bars, and a box of Smuckers sandwiches that I put in our fridge, as well as water. So that all came from home. I never bought food at Javits. I went to a few publisher’s events that had food and our hotel had free daily breakfast and dinner (Though the food at dinner wasn’t appetitzing, so we never ate there!) I had a late lunch here before taking the train to NYC, so I wasn’t hungry for dinner. Instead, I bought PinkBerry and filled it with fruit as a dessert. I did that another day as well…after BOW, I think. And I had my punch card filled for a free treat, so I guess I only paid about $7 for Pink

    Berry. Um, I bought a wrap one day for about $5 or $6. And then I left early Saturday, so I ate here. So I didn’t spend a crazy amount of money on food this year!!!

    My expenses are probably pretty low, and I could have spent a lot more, but I chose to live simply! :)

    Great question!

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    This is one of the best things I’ve ever ever seen in my life. Coffee with you is bucket list in my life, that is truth, and splitting the Corona was a bucket list item I didn’t know that I had. I can’t believe we made this happen and OMG I can’t wait until we can hang out again. I want to print out this recap and post it on my wall. That wouldn’t be weird, now, since you’ve spent time with me, right?

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    Wow. BEA seems awesome! It looks so cool! I wish I could have gone.
    How much do you think you ended up paying? (For everything?)
    Are you going next year?

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