Hey guys, I’m back with Part 2 of my BEA recap – read on for some of my most embarrassing moments ever!
BEA Day 3: Galley Drops, Signings, Authors, and Blogger Outings, Oh My!
I got to Javits early (and DID NOT take the shuttle bus – see Part 1 of my recap for this experience), and headed straight for the Harper Collins booth to get a ticket for Kiera Cass‘ signing that afternoon, and for the galley drop for Amy Zhang’s Falling Into Place, which was one of my most coveted titles for the fall. The drop also included Tape by Steven Camden, and Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes.
With this galley drop, you were handed every book on the pile instead of picking and choosing. As a result, I ended up handing back a galley that I didn’t want, but I noticed that lots of people just took whatever was given to them, which didn’t really make sense to me. This was definitely my first experience with this kind of galley drop, and I do think it could have been organized a little better.
I immediately sped over to attendee shipping to drop off my books. On the way back, I met up with Keri (Quill Cafe) again, along with Katherine (The Lady Critic’s Library). We chatted for a bit before I headed over to check out the BEA Young Adult Authors Panel.
|Cynthia Weil, Ryan Graudin, Robin Talley, Frank Portman, and Amy Ewing.|
This is a panel that highlights some of the books that publishers think will be big in the fall. The authors and books were: Cynthia Weil (I’m Glad I Did); Robin Talley (Lies We Tell Ourselves); Amy Ewing (The Jewel); Frank Portman (King Dork Approximately); Ryan Graudin (The Walled City). I was especially fascinated to learn that Cynthia Weil is an award-winning songwriter who wrote a semi-autobiographical book about – what else? – songwriting. Definitely put that one on my TBR.
There was a galley drop for Rainbow Rowell’s Landline afterwards, so I headed over so I would be early. In the line I met Cat from Sourcebooks, who convinced me to get some romance recs from her, and Chaz (The Bloody Bookaholic) and we talked about how much we love Rainbow’s books.
I went off to Amy Ewing’s line next and managed to get a copy of The Jewel signed. Amy had the BEST outfit – I’m pretty excited to read The Jewel!
After that, I immediately went to get in line to meet Morgan Matson (Since You’ve Been Gone) – I love her books, and I knew that I’d see a lot of bloggers there. Sure enough, I immediately met Rachel (Tiger Lily Rachel/As Told By Rachel) and Kate (Verb Vixen), who were also super excited to see Morgan. Mitali (@AlleyofBooks) came by to say hi as well. And of course, I saw Adele (Persnickety Snark) again, because it wouldn’t have been BEA without more Adele chats!
I also got to chat with Emilie (Emilie’s Book World), Katherine, and Andi (Andi’s ABCs) – I was especially excited to talk to Andi, whose blog I’ve admired for quite awhile, mostly because she talks about accessories and clothes, as well as books. She has the best Boston accent!
Meeting Morgan was amazing – she seems a lot like her characters, full of sweetness and summer and life. We chatted for a bit and I noticed that she has a phone case with the SYBG cover on it – it was pretty awesome.
From there, I ran over to the Random House booth for the E. Lockhart (We Were Liars) ticketed signing and met up with Keri again – the tickets weren’t being given out yet, so Keri and I kind of hung out for a bit until a line started. Grabbing a ticket, I RACED over to the autographing area, stopping only for a second to chat with fellow Toronto blogger Jenn (Lost in a Great Book). I was just in time to start the line with Emilie and Katie (@isolateme/The Bevy Bibliotheque) for Megan McCafferty (Jessica Darling’s It List #2).
I’ve met Megan before but that was before I read the JD series, so I told her how much it affected me, and how I saw her wearing the Pajants for the first time in Chicago at the ALAN conference a few years ago. She recognized my Twitter handle, and was like, “Oh yeah, we chat all the time!” (OMG, MEGAN MCCAFFERTY knows who I am!), and we had a great chat about how happy I am that Jessica Darling is available for younger audiences now. Megan said that she’s having a ton of fun writing middle-grade Jessica, and that she just finished writing the third book in the It List series.
I raced back to the E. Lockhart line, where Keri generously let me slip back in line with her. I ran into Toronto blogger/bookseller Rachel (Reading Timbits), who decided to just come with us to say hi. I managed to convey to Emily how much I enjoyed the way she explained Foucault in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and Rachel acted as paparazzi (thanks, Rachel!).
From there, I headed to a panel on world-building in YA, moderated by Margot from Epic Reads! I saw Margot and Aubry (the #TeaTime hosts) at the back just before and ran over to introduce myself. They both gave me big hugs – it was so awesome to meet them after talking to them online for so long! Margot had to go get ready, but Aubry and I chatted about #TeaTime the day before and how meeting them was a total bucket list moment for me (Aubry was like, “You need to aim higher.” =p).
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) came along then, so I went to grab seats with her and a few other bloggers. The panel started with Margot yelling, “What’s up, BEA?!” and all of us cheering.
The panel consisted of Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms Series); Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds); Kiera Cass (The One); Heather Demetrios (Exquisite Captive); Michael Grant (Messenger of Fear) – it was fun, with lots of talk about the “rules” in world-building and what’s breakable and what’s not. I loved how Heather Demetrios was basically belly-dancing while talking (you can totally tell she wrote Exquisite Captive), and Scott Westerfeld’s discussion of world-building made me desperately interested in reading Afterworlds.
Embarrassing Story Time: At the end of the panel, Margot announced that the authors’ books were up for grabs and I pretty much just lost it and ran up to grab Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld and Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. On the way, I tripped running up to the stage, ended up on stage, and essentially accosted poor Heather.
Let me just say, this is the EXACT OPPOSITE of the way that you should behave at BEA. Heather was absolutely lovely and gracious about the whole thing, though. I also ended up chatting with Kiera Cass as well, who was sweet, adorable, and I basically just wanted to hug her. I told her I would be in her signing a little later.
So, guys…you think that’s the worst part. But no…story time continues. Growling stomach ignored, I decided to stick around for the next panel on Real YA so I could meet one of my favourite authors EVER Gayle Forman and hear from E. Lockhart, Jandy Nelson, and Meg Wolitzer.
The panel was AMAZING. I just ended up soaking in everything they said and didn’t really take notes, but the mutual admiration was fantastic. Gayle talked about how people always ask her why she doesn’t write in the parts when characters go to the bathroom, and she’s always like, “Really? You want to read that?” Meg Wolitzer talked about how flashbacks aren’t really flashbacks to her, but essentially, just the way people think – we’re always projecting into the future and the past. I loved that so much.
So after the panel. I am starving. I’ve been carrying around my copy of Just One Day all day. And I rush the stage, before the authors can even get off, and babble something incoherent at Gayle Forman about how much I love her, how much Allyson was like me, and thrust my book at her WHILE THE OTHER AUTHORS ARE WAITING TO GET OFF THE STAGE.
Gayle was gracious enough to sign my book and be nice about it, but guys, I honestly want to say here – if you ever go to BEA, do NOT act like this. I was unbelievably embarrassed by my own behaviour afterwards, and I’m still kicking myself like crazy. This is why bloggers and readers can get a bad reputation, and I basically just proved them right. I’ve felt like the biggest, lamest loser ever since, and I guarantee that it will never happen again.
Once Gayle finished signing, she went into a tent on the side of the stage with the rest of the authors, and I slunk back. Luckily, Gayle saw Jamie and immediately they had a lovefest right there (which I am desperately hoping erased my crazy-person-ness from her memory).
I was feeling pretty stupid after all of that, but knew I should apologize, so I waited while Gayle talked to some other bloggers and Jamie…and then I apologized and Gayle very nicely said it was no problem and we took a photo together. I also told her she should come to Toronto sometime, and she was like, “Canada! I know, I have to get to Canada!” (Jamie was like, “No, Tiff, Gayle only gets to come to Philly!” =P).
My last signing was with Heather Demetrios, whose line was basically over – but luckily I had gotten the ARC beforehand, so she signed it and I got to chat with her about my love for Something Real and Patrick Sheldon, and gush over her slave bracelet and #jinnicouture.
It was SO nice to be out in the sunshine and in the park after BEA with real food (finally!). Special shout-outs to Christine (Readerly Musings), Hannah (Indiereadergirl0329), Ellen Goodlett (author), Giselle (Xpresso Reads), Micheline (Lunar Rainbows), and Betty (Book Rock Betty) for some great conversations.
At the end of the Blogger Picnic, since it was my last night, I managed to convince a bunch of bloggers to go down to grab drinks at McGee’s, also known as McLaren’s from How I Met Your Mother. I ended up sitting with Giselle, Micheline, Nicole (Feed Your Fiction Addiction), Jenni (Live to Read Love to Read), Andrea (The Overstuffed Bookcase), and Rebekka (Endlessly Bookish) who were so much fun to chat with.
The table next to us included Danielle (Love At First Page), Cece (Cece Reads), Wendy (Book Scents), and Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession), Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books), Teresa (Readers Live A Thousand Lives), Heather (The Turning Pages), Jessica (Lovin’ Los Libros), Tonyalee (Lilybloombooks), and Grace (Books of Love) – sorry if I added or subtracted anyone, this was hard!
All in all, despite a lot of lessons learned and some humiliation, BEA was an amazing experience for me. I loved meeting so many authors, publishing people, and bloggers. Thank you so much to everyone I met for being unbelievably kind to this newbie. See you next year!
If you’ve read to the end of this post, you deserve a reward, so here, giveaway (US/CAN only, I’m SO sorry, I can’t afford the shipping)!
I haven't read Amy Zhang's Falling Into Place yet, but I heard some great things about it. I hope you like it!
Looks like you had an awesome time! I was on the lookout for you, but didn't see you unfortunately. I really failed at meeting bloggers this year. With all the books around, I found it hard to focus on anything else. Ha. Definitely next year though!
Elizabeth @ Redhead Reader
I love Rainbow's books too and I'm anxiously waiting on Landline!!! I'm also a huge fan of Kiera Cass and I imagined she would be sweet and adorable!
Favourite person that you mentioned? Such a hard choice! Although Gayle Foreman and E Lockheart are definitely near the top of that list
I absolutely love Gayle Forman! -extremely jealous- It's nice to see all of the blogger's experiences at BEA. One day, when my parents finally let me travel on my own, I would love to attend a BEA somewhere 🙂 But for now, I'm okay with reading about it. Thanks for sharing with us!
Kiera Cass. I love the Selection series
I would love to read Kiera Cass The Selection series. Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂
Wow you squeezed in a lot on Friday!! Haha, the tripping onto the stage totally sounds like something I would do too! 🙂 Gayle sounds like she was so nice! Too bad I didn't get to chat with you more at the pub! But so happy I got to meet you and all the other awesome bloggers!
I LOVE Gayle For an! I'm in love with If i stay and though your meeting was *slightly* embarassinggg at least you got a chance to meet her…
Love your recap! LOL to the stage thing 🙂
The We Were Liars line was INSANE
Don't I have such a great Boston accent??!! Just kidding. There were like 4 people at BEA that told me they loved my accent. I don't even notice it anymore. HA.
It was so nice to finally meet you and get to chat a little. Consider yourself special for getting that picture. There are 2 photos of me in existence from all of BEA.
I would be so excited to meet the girls from Epic Reads! Very cool!
Weeeee! I agree with you 100% that the blogger picnic was one of THE best parts of the whole event 😀 I loved chatting with you ladies and again at McGee's after!! You look like you had an AMAZING time at BEA here with lovely pictures, author swooning and blogger meet-ups. It was a blast reading your recap and it just made me wish we could already do it all over again!! I hope to see you there again next year!!
Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews
Of the authors, I would love to meet Ryan Graudin. Of course, you met so many awesome people, it's difficult to choose. Naturally, I'd want to meet all the bloggers.
I love Michael Grant, I met him once at a book store, and I love Kiera Cass.
Jandy Nelson. LOVED – The Sky is Everywhere.
Out of the ones you mentioned, I love Kiera Cass!
I loved reading your wrap-ups. BEA sounds like so much fun! Even if there were a few embarassing moments.
GAYLE FORMAN I LOVE ALL her books!!!
Well, that's a tough question to answer, because amazingly enough I haven't read ANY of the books by ANY of the authors you mentioned!! How is that possible?! So I guess I'll answer like this: I think the authors whose books I'm most excited to read and will do so in the next two or three months are e. lockhart and Rainbow Rowell. I have been wanting to read E&P for quite some time, so it's high on my TBR mountain. Also, I have heard so many great things about We Were Liars (fortunately, though, no spoliers (yet!)) that I just HAVE TO read it very soon!!
Thanks for the great recap! I actually read it all the way from top to bottom 🙂 You have a nice writing style and it's easy to read and get caught up in what you're saying. I understand that you were embarrassed after the tripping up the stairs (I've done that before) and after, shall we say, "enthusiastically approaching" Gayle Forman 😉 BUT I did want to say, don't be too hard on yourself!! If you were the type giving bloggers a bad name for their behavior, you *wouldn't* be embarrassed or worried about how you looked! So cut yourself some slack, okay? Okay 😉
Thanks for reading all the way through – you're braver than I would have been! And thanks for trying to reassure me about the really embarrassing moments. I do feel like I learned a lot from them, so I'm hoping that it won't be so bad next time. It's been a few weeks, so I do feel a bit better about them now.
And thanks for the TFIOS reference – I totally say okay-okay all the time now. =p
You should definitely read both E&P and We Were Liars…they're absolutely wonderful and worth your time. I actually prefer Fangirl to E&P – it just hit me a lot harder as a writer. I hope you'll check that one out, too.
Thank you again for your comments – as you can tell from this essay of a reply, they mean a lot to me! =)
Gayle Forman! Forever and Always!