Last year's BEA was stressful and a very chaotic, but this year I have no complaints. The outside events were spectacular, the authors were all so kind, and the publisher's were beyond nice. I have so many highlights and moments I'd love to relive, but that would make this post way too long, so I'll share a few.
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Day 1: The day of OMG I have no idea where I'm going
Meeting R.L. Stine - I think this may be my favorite moment from the entire convention, no just day 1
I wanted to make it to the R.L. Stine signing, but it wasn't my number one priority. Once I was in line, I was excited...once I got up to the table, I kind of fangirled because it was R.L. STINE. And he was there, in front of me, talking to me, signing his adult book (Red Rain) for me, and joking with me.
It was an incredible moment and I don't think I'll ever forget it.
Day 2: The day of much awesomeness
Meeting Chris Colfer - Because he's Chris Colfer and his book looks sooooo good
Hanging out for 1.5 hours in the HarperTeen signing line for Veronica Roth, Bethany Griffin, Aprilynne Pike, and Elizabeth Norris
Meeting Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jen was super sweet! I got my copy of Cursed and another book I've been dying for! We were even staying in the same hotel and Jen told me I could stop by her room to get my other book signed...I never did get around to doing that, but it was so kind of her to offer.
Also, the Spencer Hill Press booth was the best! Everyone there was nice and so friendly. I didn't expect anything less from such a fab indie pub.
Day 3: The day of relaxed meandering
BEA was winding down on Thursday, but I still had a nice looking schedule in place. I met James Dashner right off the bat - he's a riot and the nicest! I've seen him several times now and it's kind of cool that I can walk up to him and he remembers me AND my blog!
I also got to see Jeri Smith-Ready again
I met David Levithan again and was able to get a signed ARC of Every Day!
I also saw Victoria Schwab - who is super awesome and incredible and I want to throw hugs at her - and waited in line to get a signed PB of The Near Witch, with a sneak peek of The Archived.
Outside events: The days of was I really invited to this??
S&S threw this fantabulous party and had their book covers blown up on the wall above the bar! That was a sight to see.
Carmen Rodriguez, Lenore Applehans, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, Tonya Hurley, and Shannon Messenger were all open and chatty and wiling to hang out with everyone. The S&S peeps were also kind and made sure they said hi to everyone there.
Having never been to the Scholastic headquarters, it was kind of awesome to walk through the front door and see Harry Potter and The Hunger Games in such a glowing way.
The party was awesome (I've used that word a zillion times in this post) and I had a ton of fun!
The featured authors - James Dashner, Maggie Stiefvater, Eliot Schrefer, Sharon Cameron, Donna Cooner, Jeff Hirsch, Kate Messner, and Raina Telgemeier - all schmoozed around and talked to all the attendees.
Then! They acted out their books in a live storytelling kind of event. This equaled much hilarity and me yearning for the books.
And for those excited for the Infinity Ring series (who isn't?), James gave us a sneak peek into the video game (so freaking cool) and made me even more ready to start the series.
I'm positive that I'm leaving out so many things, but this post is very long already, so I'm going to wrap it up.
BEA 2012 was a blast! I had so much fun, met so many other great bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. Going to BEA made me excited to be a blogger again, and not just because of the books, but because of the atmosphere. There's something overwhelmingly beautiful to be surrounded by books and by people who love books. It's a wonderful experience and I hope to do it again next year.