BEA2014 Recap Part 2 – BEA Day 1 (And the Parties!)

Posted on 06/15/2014 in Events / 7 Comments

Apparently my BEA recaps move much more slowly than others LOL.  I’ve been busy, y’all!

(Jesus, I’ve written a lot of BEA posts already…)  

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Thursday (BEA Day 1!)

On Thursday Morning, I scampered out of my bottom bunk (I was sharing a room that had bunk beds) (and scamper is probably an apt term because I was the only morning person in the room) (PS: I’m positive I snored – sorry ladies! [congestion]) to do my makeup and hair.  I had the foresight to take a shower the night before so I wouldn’t have to get up so early – although my eyes peeped open at about 5:15 with the rising sun anyway. Curse you, Sun! Once everyone was ready to go, we all toddled with our suitcases about six (normal, non-NYC) blocks from the hotel to the Javitz, Harry Potter-style.   All we were missing was our wands and capes.  Christina from A Reader of Fictions advised that I get into a not so well-known line, but the big line closest to the publisher-side wasn’t that long yet, so I copped a squat there and started to people watch! And it’s actually really awesome that I did, because it was in that line that I met Ashley and Nicole from The Quiet Concert and discovered that Ashley is a DC Metro local!  So I recruited her into our YADC group. And while waiting in line, I noticed…a lot of people were wearing jeans and tennis shoes.  I was in clothes I would wear to work per the advisement of just about every BEA tips post I’ve read.  Hmmmm.

Bad time for broken escalators.
Bad time to break.
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Not too long!

At 9am, doors opened like the gates of Heaven (or Hell, it really depends on your perspective) and some people ran power-walked to get to the booths that had galley drops first thing.  I can neither confirm nor deny I was one of them. Some lines were  crazy!  Like the Harlequin Teen signing line!  Wow.  Andreya and I traipsed through the Harlequin madness to find the end of the line and I swear there were 500 people in it.  Of course Harlequin only had about 100 copies of each book so rather than waste our time, we just jumped out and found something else to do instead.  No biggie!  I did get to briefly meet Ashley from Nose Graze (finally! because we are birthday and destination wedding twinsies!) and see Lisa from Lisa Loves Literature again though!

Harlequine Teen line
The beginning of the Harlequin Teen line

 

James Frey & ENDGAME Signing

Me, being the poor, lost BEA-newbie that I was, found myself wandering in the HarperCollins booth right around the time that James Frey was signing his new ARC, ENDGAME.  One of the Harper publicists roped me into the line, boasting ENDGAME as the next great YA dystopian.  I’d never heard of James Frey before so I thought, “eh, why not?” Well.  When he began signing my ARC, our exchange went like this: Me: Hi! James Frey: Hi….Jennifer?  Hi, Jennifer.  *scribbles into my ARC* So you’re going to give me a good review, right? Me: Uh…yeah sure. JF: Yeah? Me: Is it a good book? JF’s co-author: *laughter* JF: Well, I think it is. Me: Oh. Okay then.

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He had a lot of balls, man.  Asking a blogger for a good review!  He didn’t even sound like he was joking around, there was no humor to his tone.  And if that wasn’t enough, when I opened up my book to read his inscription upon my arrival back home in DC, I found this:

SIgned ARC of ENDGAME

Oh no, he didn’t.

PS: You’ll also noticed he signed for his co-author.  Hmmm.

It looks like he didn’t sign for him.  I don’t know what that scribbly bit is under his signature and I don’t remember his co-writer signing the book, but that could be because I was too shocked at being asked for a good review – in person.   Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Ran into a couple of my YADC girls (Andye from Reading Teen and Steph from Cuddlebuggery) plus Kat Kennedy near the HarperCollins booth!

YADC + Kat Kennedy
YADC + Kat Kennedy
LEGO Star Wars?
LEGO Star Wars?

SOCLOSE to Anjelica
SOCLOSE to Anjelica
JLA + JLA (my initials)
JLA + JLA (my initials)
Gretchen McNeil line
Gretchen McNeil line

 

And then it was time to refuel.  I was tired.  I didn’t eat a proper lunch (although remember my BEA Prep Post? I did get a lot of healthy snacking in!) so I succumbed to Starbucks and inhaled a Caramel Frap.  Sugar and caffeine.  Yum.

Fuel. For the parties.
Fuel. For the parties.

  Speaking of the parties…  

The Parties!

I am extremely blessed to have the people in my life I do, and I was invited to a couple of amazing parties!  After running back to the hotel to change (where I am positive I drove Christina nuts with my diva-like behavior for getting ready – not that you could tell because our blow dryer sucked and the air in New York did awful things to my hair) we walked over to the Houndtooth Pub for the MacKids Blogger Happy Hour!  SO MUCH thanks to Ksenia from MacMillan for inviting me and just in general being fantastic.  And thanks, MacMillan for showing us a great time!

YADC with Ksenia of MacKids
YADC with Ksenia of MacKids

 

Steph B and Me
Steph B and Me
Photobombing Christina
Photobombing Christina
Steph and Kat
Steph and Kat

 YA Author Blogger Rooftop Party

I actually didn’t get many pictures from the rooftop party, because as outgoing as I am, when you put me around people I don’t know, I am just afraid of making an ass of myself.  And I didn’t want to be all stalker-like with my camera.  Besides, this was night 3 in NYC and I was already feeling socially overwhelmed.  So one of these pictures is not mine.

– Me and Christina from Allodoxophobia heading to the party! – Lenore Appelhans and I making a bitch face and duck face – A group of us coming in from the rooftop terrace…bloggerfail, because I only know Danny (Bewitched Bookworms) & Christina (Allodoxophobia) in this picture.  I’m not sure who the other two ladies are!  I’m in the middle.

christina and i
Christina and me
Duck & Betch Face
Duck & Betch Face
Group shot*
Group shot*

 

Lenore, me and Scott Westerfeld
Lenore, me and Scott Westerfeld

(I was totally creeping Scott for a pic…he’s a really nice guy lol)

The rooftop party was such a blast (despite my awkwardness)!  I was able to meet some amazing authors in a casual environment, the food was great and the drinks were flowing!  Such a huge thanks to the publishers, as well as Liza Weimer, Andye from Reading Teen and Hannah from the Irish Banana Review for organizing such a fun event!  And thanks for the fabulous and hefty swag bag!

On the cab ride back to the hotel… I don’t think these need captions.

kat

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kat lick

 

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Stay tuned for the next recap post!

 

*Photo credit: Hannah from The Irish Banana Review
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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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7 responses to “BEA2014 Recap Part 2 – BEA Day 1 (And the Parties!)

  1. Ha! Looks like you had a blast! I hope that I get to go to some parties when I finally go to BEA (maybe next year, but probably not until 2016 when it’s in Chicago), they seem like a great opportunity to get to meet people. Did you feel that you could have gotten away with the jeans after all? Or you glad you dressed business professional? An oh my goodness… that request for a good review! Not just in person but in his autograph?!?! Yikes!
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