By the time this posts, I will be on my way to New York City for Book Expo America! (Well, technically I’ll be on my way to Union Station in DC). Last week, I wrote about how I was preparing for BEA and today, I’m going to tell you everything I accomplished before I set out this morning. 1. I bought that portable battery charger. For those still looking, this was $60 at Best Buy. 2. I dug out my DSLR camera for good pictures. I will mostly be using my cellphone for selfies and pics of authors and parties, but I’d like to use my DSLR for good pics of the crowds and such. And it’s New York! An iPhone just won’t suffice. 3. I finished doing mountains of laundry. And then packed what I needed. 4 pairs of shoes? Check! 4. I bought a luggage lock after reading Hannah at the Irish Banana’s BEA tips post from last year. (Well, technically as of writing this, I still need to do so, but by the time you read it, I will have!) 5. I completed my BEA schedule, including putting it in Google Calendar and selecting the signings I want to hit up on the BEA app. Or…I think I got them all in the app. Ah, screw it. 6. I also created a Word doc of all the galleys I’m interested in. I don’t have to have them all, but let’s face it, there will be hundreds (thousands?) of books there and I won’t remember the names unless I have them on hand.Salmon is a signing, bright red is a MUST-GO signing, yellow is a galley drop, light orange is a ticketed event and purple is a party. I don’t really count the Walt Whitman birthday thing as an actual party since it’s in a booth, but there’s cake, so there you go.
6. Received my new business cards! And then I realized I put my old apartment number on them by accident. It’s a difference of 2 vs 22, so I’ve corrected those by hand. That will have to do, because it’s too late to order new ones. 7. Went grocery shopping and bought a LOT of stuff! Since my wedding is 80 days away as of TODAY (!!!), but we have to have everything paid for in full by July 1st (and our travel needs to be paid in full on 6/20, since it’s a destination wedding), I am on a $20/daily food budget while up in NYC. My hotel has free continental breakfast and these snacks can get me through the day. I can totally do dinner on $20. Even if it’s just a sub from the Subway across the street from the hotel, I’m cool with that! 8. Prepared all my posts for the week I’m gone…and the following week, too! I’m coming home on Sunday 6/1, and I’ll be much too tired to worry about scheduling posts! I’m really lucky in that my travel to and from NYC is completely free. My job sends me back and forth from DC to Philly and Wilmington a lot on Amtrak so I rack up those points. I earned so many points last year, I was upgraded to Club Select status and was able to cash in those points for a free round-trip ticket on the Northeastern Regional…and I get two free upgrades to business class! Thanks, Work!
WHAT AM I LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST?
It’s really hard to say. Last year, when I went to the RT convention, I didn’t know anybody. Oh, I knew them online, but that was it. I flew out and shared a room with Kelly and Heather from Gotfiction never having met them before. And that’s what I love about the book-blogging world: the ability to make new friends and bond instantly over books. So, while I’m traveling with friends this time and will know more people at BEA, there are still so many more I’m looking forward to meeting for the first time! So probably that! Plus, of course, all the books! So hopefully I’ll see you there! <3