If you’re attending BookExpo America, you’ve probably caught wind of some of the exclusive publisher/blogger parties. These special parties are invite only. You hear about bloggers attending the “Harlequin Breakfast” or “Macmillan blogger happy hour”, etc. Then you start feeling bad about yourself and/or your blog because you weren’t invited. You might be thinking:
- My blog sucks
- Do publishers not know I exist?
- Is it because I don’t do enough promos for them?
- Maybe other bloggers are just cooler than me
- Is it because I went on a hiatus that one time six months ago and now I’ve killed my chances?
- Maybe I don’t post enough reviews..
Get those negative thoughts out of your head! Party invite or not, your blog is awesome. It’s yours, you own it, you rock it, and the lack of a party invite shouldn’t make you think otherwise.
Why you shouldn’t be put out if you didn’t get an invite
Last year I wasn’t invited to any publisher parties, but I was invited to one blogger party. I was so excited! It sounded like a lot of fun and I was eager to see what bloggers/authors/books would be there.
I never went.
This particular party was in the evening. By the time the BEA day was over, I was EXHAUSTED. Like, dead on my feet and want to go to bed at 7pm exhausted. As much fun as the party sounded, I couldn’t bring myself to get in a cab and travel all that way and party into the night. It sounded too exhausting. I wanted to take a shower, climb into bed early, and sleep.
Since I bailed, I wasn’t invited again this year (I assume that’s the reason). And while that did disappoint me, it made me realize why I shouldn’t be upset about not snagging an invite to that party (or the others):
The book convention on its own will keep you so busy!
There are so many amazing authors and signings at the book convention. Looking at my schedule, I can’t imagine how I could pencil in more breakfasts and lunches. Girl, I got signings to go to and galleys to grab! And as for the evening parties: I’m fine not going. I’ll be enjoying a nice, early night sleep, thank you very much. Maybe that makes me sound old and boring, but BEA is exhausting!
I’m sure the parties are fun, but you will have enough signings, panels, and giveaways to keep you extremely busy during the day, and at night, you’ll probably be ready to plop down and sleep for a solid 8-10 hours.