10 May 2012
I'm a going to BEA again this year!
So I am attending my fourth BEA this year. I get so excited around this time of year because I know that I will be NYC bound (and away from kids, hubby, dog, house, etc) for a glorious 5 days. Of course those 5 days are jam-packed filled with meeting publicists, other bloggers, editors, agents, etc. It's a great place to interact with people in the publishing industry.
One of my favorite people in the world, Elizabeth Law, publisher with Egmont is always a hoot and a half. And she really loves her bloggers. She is very hands on when it comes to meeting with us and talking to us and letting us know what is in the pipeline.
BEA is crazy town. There are usually so many people that lines seem to go on for miles. I waited on Megan McDonald's (JUDY MOODY) line for over an hour. Because my 8 year old told me I was not allowed home until I brought home the latest book.
But the fun part is the parties and celebrations that we as bloggers get invited to. The first year, we were invited to the Geektastic launch party where I got to meet and talk to for quite a while: Holly Black, Libba Bray, Barry Goldberg, Scott Westerfeld, Barry Lyga, Elizabeth Scott, Sara Zarr, Justine Larbalestier, Cassandra Clare. I'm probably missing a few, but we all had a great night. If it was a bit rowdy.
There are some bad aspects to the BEA. People grabbing for books, taking more than one *sigh*, even when the publishing representatives ask you to take only one. That gets a bit frustrating. I can understand if you grabbed another one by mistake (I did that with BUNHEADS, not realizing I'd already had it). I grabbed it on a different day.
I'm going to be reporting on my experience at BEA and hope that you come to the blog to see what goodies I've gotten for giveaways. If any other bloggers are attending BEA let me know so we can 'meet' up on line or something.
Oh and if this is your first time going wear comfortable shoes. The Javits Center is killer on the feet.
Posted by Laura Benson
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