It’s definitely going to take me a while to catch up with my inbox (200+ email X_X) and get back into the swing of things.
Day 1: Blogger Con
I had a great time at Blogger Con this year! I met some truly awesome people, including:
I also met a ton of other great bloggers and even some of my hosting clients (that was so awesome!!).
I was on two panels this year and they both went brilliantly! I was disappointed in the attendance for the second panel, but that was to be expected, given that we were competing with the BEA showroom floor. 🙁 Boo! Poor decision.
Learning tons @ the Optimizing Your WP Blog session. Really wish I knew more about the techy, backend stuff, but this panel is great!#BEA15— Lovely Literature (@lovelylitblog) May 27, 2015
Going Beyond Blog Formatting panel
I did hit up the showroom floor for just a bit after lunch and grabbed Illuminae. There were so many copies!!! I thought they were only going to have like 100-200, but I swear they had like 500+.
I wish I had stuck around a bit longer, but I was feeling tired and bleh. Plus there wasn’t much on my schedule for Wednesday. My main focus was Blogger Con.
Did you miss Blogger Con? Download the slides!
If you missed Blogger Con, not to worry! I’ve got you covered! You can download the PowerPoint presentations for both of my panels on my Bloggers Conference page.
Thrusday & Friday: BEA Show Floor
The main event for me on Thursday was Passenger.
I hung out in this line with Rebecca from The Library Canary. She was THE BEST line buddy!
There was also this super awesome guy in his booth right next to Alexandra Bracken’s signing:
Definitely one of my BEA highlights.
And these pirates:
Harlequin (or not)
I would have loved to get some Harlequin books but I DESPISE how they do their signings. They have like 5 authors all signing at once so you have to wait in this MASSIVE line, but it really sucks because most people only actually want like 1-3 of the books—not all of them.
Then after that signing, Harlequin has NOTHING going on at their booth. No more signings, no galley drops. Nada.
I really wish they’d spread the signings out instead so that the lines would be shorter, more manageable, and so more would be going on at their booth rather than only one huge event.
Alas, I didn’t get any Harlequin books. Oh well.
The Chinese area
The Chinese area at BEA was huuuuuge! It was totally zen though—I loved it. Very spacious and peaceful looking. A lot of people hung out there and read for a bit.
Awesome leather journals
There was this one booth that had a ton of gorgeous, handmade, leather journals. This booth was right next to Macmillan, so I checked it out while waiting for the All The Birds in the Sky signing. Look how gorgeous they are!
I was so impressed with Macmillan this year. All of their signings and galley drops were SUPER organized. They had clear signs for every line and even the galley drops were ticketed. They dealt with people lining up for them 30+ minutes early… it was just fantastic. Go Macmillan!
I attended a panel with Julianne Moore in conversation with Amy Cuddy, about Amy’s book. I didn’t stay for the whole thing, but I popped in, snapped a few photos, listened to them chat, then headed out for another signing.
I met some really great people in line for Michael Buckley’s Undertow. Plus, Michael was SUPER nice! Before the signing started he walked all the way down the line introducing himself, shaking peoples’ hands, and thanking everyone so much for coming. He said, “I’ve never had a line this long before!” What a nice guy!
The autographing area (or not)
I kind of avoided the autographing area this year. It wasn’t exactly intentional, it just happened that way. I only got ONE book from the autographing area and everything else I picked up at an in-booth signing or galley drop.
Thoughts about BEA15
- The lines were much better organized than last year.
- I loved to hang out downstairs if I needed a break. Tiffany and I had an awesome one-hour chat down there!
- I was super relaxed this year. There were a lot of books that I missed off from my schedule, but I didn’t mind at all. I’m super happy with my modest haul!
- The Starbucks line was long (like 20 minutes) but I braved it twice this year.
- I hated that Blogger Con overlapped with the BEA showroom floor on Wednesday. HATE HATE HATE.
- People who save your spot in line while you run off to another galley drop are SUPER AWESOME.
Final BEA book haul
Only 13 books! Can you tell I was super picky this year?
In previous years I was left with 10 unread books (2013) and 11 unread books (2014) so this year I tried to massively cut back on the amount of books I took. I got about half as many books (if not less) this year than last. So hopefully I’ll be able to read them all!
The books shown in the photo are: