Friday, June 8, 2012
I did it! I travelled to New York all by myself and attended my very first BEA!!! I have to admit, I wasn't sure how the day would go seeing that I woke up at 3:30 AM Tuesday morning covered in hives! All it took was 2 Benadryl and I was fine for the trip (and two more doses throughout the day).
Once in NYC, I was able to hail a cab to the Javitz Center by 8:00 AM. After obtaining my badge, checking my bag, and getting in line I then proceeded to breathe. And wait. I think waiting was the theme of the day. No matter, I met sooooo many awesome people in line that waiting was...fun.
I first met author Liza Wiemer. Boy was she fun to talk to! I got a lot of great advice from her while we waited the hour until the line began to move into BEA. I also ran into Sara from Novel Novice who was super nice. We got chatting while waiting in line to meet Dan Wells, author of Partials. During the wait to meet Gabrielle Zevin, I met the mom of a blogger. Just so you all know, Gabrielle Zevin is awesome!!! The photo below showcases our "sexy look," which was all her idea:)
I think the most memorable part of the trip was beginning the line to meet Melissa Marr. The girls at the booth for Harper-Collins thought I was crazy when I started the line 2 hours before Melissa was due to sign Carnival of Souls. Not me. It was so worth it! After about 10-15 minutes of waiting, I had two people join me. Stacey O'Neal and her brother were those people. I happen to follow Stacey on Twitter so we got to talking about our favorite books and who we had met at BEA. Both die-hard fans of Melissa, we had a lot to chat about. I think we actually giggled like school girls when we realized that we would be getting Carnival of Souls t-shirts:)
I am very lucky. Through blogging and tweeting, I have met so many nice people with the same interests as myself. At BEA, I felt at home knowing that I was surrounded by people who love YA books and reading so much that we were all willing to wait in line for hours just to meet our favorite authors! I heard few complaints and as far as I know, no one was biting this year:) It was nice. It was nice to stand in line next to someone you didn't know for two hours and just talk. I consider myself very lucky to be a part of the YA world. I am proud to be a YA blogger! BEA was so worth attending and I plan to spend more than one day there next year.
Anyone else feel the love at BEA this year?