I can't believe it's been almost a month since I attended BEA! Here's my recap!
Every year I actually consider not attending the Book Expo of America...And every year, it manages to draw me in. And every year, I am thrilled with my experiences. BEA2014 was no different as I met incredible people, publishers I've never heard of, books that make me wish I could read in my sleep and of course, the occasional celebrity here and there.
My time at BEA began on Thursday, May 29. But before that, I want to personally thank SimonTeen for inviting me to their Blogger Preview party. Unfortunately, I missed out to stay home with my sick son, but I hear from my fellow GCBloggers that it was incredible.
Between the ten bags I now lugged with me everywhere, I headed over to my first celebrity spotting -- Neil Patrick Harris -- who is every bit as handsome in real life as he is on tv! I wish I could've snapped a better pic, but he was a feast for the eyes!
|Random House Signing Schedule|
|Neil Patrick Harris|
I then wandered around until I found two incredible children's authors: Timothy J. Bradley and Shannon Hale.
|Timothy J. Bradley|
Timothy J. Bradley is an author and illustrator. His first novel, Infestation, is now available.
Meanwhile, on the opposite spectrum is Shannon Hale, author of The Princess in a Black, which my daughter has yet to put down since I've brought it home. The Princess in Black is my kind of story -- a princess who refuses to do exactly as she is "supposed" to, who takes on a secret identity, and who has some major ninja skills. Very cool.
I was so lucky to have my Friday start off by meeting some of the coolest ladies at BEA -- Wunderkind PR.
I was there to have a meeting with Cara Mieles -- to talk about their upcoming books, and ended up meeting the entire team! Their passion and enthusiasm were contagious and I left that meeting feeling so renewed and reminded of why I go to BEA in the first place -- to meet people who love books just as much as I do.
|Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid|
Next up was a Simon & Schuster Teen Lunch.
|Me with Becca Fitzpatrick!|
I had such a wonderful time getting to meet the authors at this lunch (Martina Boone, Kresley Cole, Becca Fitzpatrick, Christina Lauren and Scott Westerfield), hearing about their books first-hand was an awesome treat. As a wanna-be author, myself, it's always nice to see how other writers get their inspiration and motivation for their stories. I'm particularly interested in Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield. It's actually two books intertwined into one -- such a refreshing twist!
I ended the day with a lot more books than I thought I would (every year, I vow to be a bit more picky) but so happy with the time I had. I met wonderful people who share my passion and drive to be surrounded by words 24/7 -- librarians who want to keep the live of reading alive; authors who looked thrilled to be signing for the first time at BEA; bloggers who can tell you every title of every book they've ever read; and publishers -- who just want to put out a product that can make an author proud of what they've accomplished. It truly is incredible.
Alas, I learned that next year will be the last for BEA in NYC. I will definitely be in attendance and enjoying every last moment of a book lover's paradise. Until then...I better get reading!