BEA Bound! Keep an Eye Out for These Goodies…

Bound for BookExpo America

Today I’m leaving for London, where I’m spending the night before hopping on a plane to New York City!

Nine reasons to go to BEA’s Blogger Con

Nine coupon cards for free copies of the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin

Check out those beauties! I have printed out over a hundred 50% off coupon cards for the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin and scattered throughout that deck of cards are nine coupon cards that give you UBB for free!

I’ll be handing out these cards randomly during the Blogger Conference, and then throughout the rest of BEA too, so keep an eye out. 😉

As a reminder, I’ll be speaking at two panels at Blogger Con with a few other lovely bloggers:

  1. 10:00 am – Optimizing Your WordPress Blog
  2. 2:30 pm – Going Beyond Blog Formatting

I’d really love to meet you guys there! If you attend, please be sure to come up afterwards and introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you! Give me your business card, we’ll chat, and you can pick up a discount card for UBB.

Will you be at Blogger Con? Which panel(s) are you attending?

I made a BEA floor plan!

Floor plan printout for BookExpo America

Normally I don’t feel like I need a map at BookExpo America. Usually if you look up, you can see where the booths are. Many of them have huge banner type things that you can see from all the way across the room. Particularly Scholastic and Sourcebooks. Plus, after a few minutes of walking around, I feel like I know the place very well. This is particularly true because the booths are often in the same places each year (or similar).

But this year things look way different! The autographing area is in a completely different place, for starters! So I thought it would be cool to make my very own map that only highlights the things that are important to me. The one on the BEA website is crowded, busy, and has crazy lines and groupings everywhere. I wanted everything to fade to the background except the booths/areas that interested me most. Soo, voilà!

My BEA schedule

If we’ll be at any of the same places/signings, I’d love for you to seek me out! I’m kind of shy and suck at starting conversations, so it helps if you come up and introduce yourself. 🙂 I’m going to be doing my best to be fun and social this year!


Colour Priority
Red High
Green Medium
White Low


Time Location Author Book
9:30 Disney Alexandra Bracken Passenger
10:30 – 11:30 Table 6 Rebecca Serle Truly Madly Famously
11:30 – 12:00 Table 14 Claudia Gabel Etherworld
12:00 – 12:30 Table 13 Carolyn Mackler The Infinite in Between
1:00 – 2:30 Harlequin Eleanor Herman Legacy of Kings
1:30 – 2:00 Table 13 Margo Rabb Kissing in America
1:30 – 2:00 Macmillan Charlie Anders All the Birds in the Sky
3:00 – 4:00 Table 4 Jennifer E. Smith Hello, Goodbye, and Everything Between
3:00 Sourcebooks Natalie D. Richards My Secret to Tell
3:00 – 3:30 Macmillan Leila Sales Tonight the Streets are Ours
3:00 – 4:00 Table 13 Barry Lyga After the Red Rain
4:00 – 5:00 Abrams Katie Lee Endless Summer Cookbook


Time Location Author Book
9:30 – 10:30 Disney Margaret Stohl Black Widow: Forever Red
10:00 – 11:00 Table 13 Carrie Ryan Daughter of Deep Silence
10:00 – 11:00 Table 7 Julie Murphy Dumplin’
10:30 – 11:30 Table 4 Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows
11:00 – 12:00 HMH Michael Buckley Undertow
12:00 – 12:30 Table 5 Amy Spalding Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys)
1:00 – 2:00 Table 4 Leila Sales Tonight the Streets are Ours
1:00 Sourcebooks Renee Collins Until We Meet Again
1:00 – 2:00 Table 8 Jennifer Walkup The Ordinary Life
1:00 – 2:00 Table 5 Alexandra Bracken In the Afterlight
2:00 Sourcebooks Marieke Nijkamp This is Where it Ends
2:30 Macmillan Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows
2:30 – 3:00 Table 12 Erin Bow The Scorpion Rules
2:30 – 3:00 Table 6 Aaron Hartzler What We Saw
3:00 – 3:30 Table 7 Patrick Ness The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Will you be at any of the same signings as me?

Which books are you most looking forward to?

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    1. I hope we can meet up next year! I think I should be there. 🙂 Heck I’m already thinking about buying my plane ticket!

  1. Ashley – I love your map…how did you do that??? Such a great idea!!! I’m trying to print the map off the BEA website and it keeps printing only part of it, even when I change the layout to landscape. Oh well…I’ll keep trying. But if you have any hints, I’d love to hear them. Have a safe trip to the NYC and hopefully I’ll run into you!

    1. Here’s what I did:

      1. I added all my publishers to my planner on the BEA website. This way they were highlighted on the BEA floor plan.
      2. I took a screenshot of the BEA map online.
      3. I created a new Photoshop document the size of my paper (A5).
      4. I pasted the BEA map screenshot in my document.
      5. I started ‘tracing’ over the map with shapes. So I used the rectangle tool to create boxes over each booth.
      6. Any time I got to one of my saved publishers on the map, I created the box in a different colour.

      So in short, I just copied over the official BEA map to get the layout right. 🙂

      I really hope we see each other! If you see me please do stop and say hi. 🙂 I can be kind of shy sometimes!

    1. I can’t wait to see you there, Elizabeth! That panel isn’t specific to any one blogging platform, so it will definitely be of great use to you on Blogger. 🙂

        1. I live in Cambridge. 🙂 But I’m originally from California, so I’ll have a typical California girl accent!

  2. Ashley! Like last year, I’m not able to attend because America </3 However, I'm extremely excited for you 🙂 Looks like you have a pretty busy schedule and wow you seem to be excited about the books. I know I would be if I were you. I wish I could have hauled myself up there…another time. Have fun! You owe us lots of pictures 🙂

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  3. Ashley, I hope you’re having a fantastic time!! I’ve seen some of your Twitter updates, and I’m totally jealous of all the books you got. 😉 There’s so many signings I wish I could go to- Alexandra Bracken (dream author!!), Patrick Ness (also dream author lol), Leigh Bardugo, and so many more. I couldn’t make it this year, but maybe next year!!

    I can’t wait to read your recap post! 😀

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