BE At BEA (Too much?)

I thought I’d briefly add my own thoughts John’s post about BEA earlier today.  As it was my very first time at BookExpo, I will admit that it was a lot to take in—but in a good way. The crowds were a tight squeeze at times, the mood was good, and I can’t say no to free stuff! Easily one of the best parts of BEA is collecting the many galley copies publishers give out. By the end of our perusal, I was sure my shoulder muscles were all but destroyed from carrying my treasure, and I found myself blithely forgetting about the long walk I faced from 11th Avenue back to civilization (or the nearest subway).

Having made it back alive from the convention, I know it will be exciting to dive into the new and unfinished novels I collected, and then hopefully watch some go on to fabulous sales and notoriety.

Will any of our readers out there be attending BEA this year? If so, what books or events are you looking forward to?

2 Responses to BE At BEA (Too much?)

  1. Tegan Tigani says:

    I wish I could have attended!!! The store where I work, Queen Anne Books, was honored at breakfast this morning with the Pannell Award for General Bookstore, and it would have been amazing to soak it all in in person.
    I would have loved to attend the soirees… Random House’s on the Intrepid looked particularly exciting and Little Brown’s carnival seemed intriguing. I also wish I could have gone to publisher booths to pick up ARCs like “Matched” at Penguin and “The Night Circus” from Doubleday, and to meet authors like Jarret Krosoczka & Jon Scieszka.
    Congratulations on surviving the BEA floor– I hear it was a madhouse. Enjoy your booty, and live it up at BEA for all of us stuck on the opposite coast!

  2. Lisa Marie says:

    Don’t I wish I were at BEA! But I’m in Austin, and the travel would have been a wee bit far.

    Oh, and if you need to unload some of those galleys … (ahem!).


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