I originally intended to post my recaps daily as I did last year. This year however, I made the dumb decision to leave both my laptop and iPad at home. While I love my phone, typing the post I published for the BEA Conferences was an absolute nightmare. Therefore it was my only post while I was in NY.
My first day of BEA was not so great. They had ALOT of great authors that I really wanted to see: Lauren Oliver, Dawn Metcalf, Julie Kagawa, Jennifer Armentrout… All of which I missed. I was disappointed and my first day felt like a total fail. I stood in these lines, sometimes for hours and before they would get to me, they would be cut off. ‘No more books, we are sorry. ‘ And Julie Kagawa who I meet at #BEA13 still came out from behind the desk apologized and came out and socialized with those waiting in line. I totally fangirl-ed and came to love her all the more for trying to make a bad situation even a little bit better.
Julie Kagawa and Tiffany #BEA14
Despite all of that though, I still got to meet Melissa Marr and R.L. Stine. Which were both really great! I walked around alot and didn’t take my own advice, so my first day I was dissappointed and in total pain because I wore new shoes to BEA. Seriously, I sat around at the Javits center for about an hour barefoot, before I could head out…
BEA Day 2
Was exceedingly better for me although it didn’t start off that way. When I heard Stan Lee would be there I was adamant I would meet/see him. I woke up really early and decided I would be there when they opened the doors to get these tickets (it was a ticketed event. It doesn’t cost anything but early on limits the amount of people who can get copies/ meet these authors). Well, I really didn’t think that one through since People where there since 6am lining up around the building to be the first in line at 7am when they opened compared to the 8am which I led myself to believe. All the tickets were gone within 15 minutes of them opening…
I did however meet:
Meeting Brad Meltzer
And finally Brad Meltzer. There is quite a story behind this one but it was the most amazing author connection I have ever experienced. If you want to hear my drown out story this is it: My sister is also a huge book worm and last year when I told her about #BEA13 she asked me to please, please, please get her an autographed copy of Linda Lael Miller’s book. Which I did. Everyday of BEA, because she was there. I pretty much stalked her… So this year, my sister was unable to make it because she had just given birth to my niece. So she once again went through the list of attending authors and gave me nearly ten names, which I adamantly refused. Her words were ‘If it can only be one: Brad Meltzer I love him!’ Or something along those lines. His was also a ticketed event and I made sure I got one. Before I went to his signing I called her. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: I’m about to go meet Brad Meltzer is there anything you want me to tell him?
Sis: Tell him that I love him. That The Zero Game is my favorite novel and I watch his show Decoded every night. Well not anymore because I had Faith (the baby) but I used to… But don’t tell him that. Just tell him I love him.
Me: okay, I’ll try to remember that and I’ll tell him something really embarrassing about you too. Like that you sleep with a picture of him beside your bed or that your husband has to wear a cut out of his face before he can touch you. (Which were all lies but hilarious to me.)
Okay so we laughed a lot going through different scenarios though she asked me to please not embarrass her. As I stood in his line I took the picture to the right and sent it to her. A couple of minutes later I’m standing in front of Brad and he’s sitting there with his book open and asked what every author asks: Do you want me to sign this to you?
Me: No, My sister Karen.
Brad: Wow you’re a good sister.
Me: Yep! She couldn’t make it but asked me to tell you that she loves your novel The Zero Game and she watches Decoded every night. I also told her I would tell you something really embarrassing about her.
Brad: (He really surprises me with his answer. He stops signing, leans his head on his hand and says:) Really? Like what?
Me: (I totally did not expect that… So I had a total brain fart and blurted out) That she sleeps with a picture of you beside her bed.
Brad: No! She doesn’t! (Truly flabbergasted.)
Me: No. But I told her I would tell you she did. (We both laugh.) I also told her I would take a picture of us and send it to her.
I had my phone out and ready for the selfie of us and instead he grabs my phone and says I have something better than that. He switches it over to video and records a video for her- to her. As I’m sitting there with my mouth wide open like ‘is this really happening’ and looking at his publicist trying to get some affirmation that my eyes are not playing tricks on me. My sister responds to the picture I sent her above:
My phone was still in his hands when she responds, immediately after he stops recording and I’m all “Holy moley it’s like she’s responding to your video. Did you see that?!?” and he says he wants to find the message. After he finds it, he responds and holy smokes, I walked away from his line in a daze and fangirled with my sister for the rest of the day. I have never seen an author truly build a connection with their readers in this way. I absolutely loved it and he truthfully made a fan out of me.
Was absolute chaos. Last year for Power Reader’s Day the entire BEA floor was open and it was just any other day but with more people present. This year at #BEA14 it was absolute mayhem. They closed of more than half the floor and that was BookCon. Thousands of people in a not large enough space. There was pushing and shoving and snatching and just craziness all around. They had great panels and it was star-studded but it was mayhem. I’m hoping next year they consider opening up the entire BEA floor…
To all the awesome people I met this year at BEA it’s been crazy since I got home, but I will be taking out the time to go through my business cards and find your blogs and follow you on Twitter…
Advertisement: They did a great job of it this year with signs like these in the bathrooms:
Getting Home I got so many great books… More than I know what to do with. I had to rent a car and drive home because there was no way I would make it on the bus… I rented a Beetle and was I surprised to see just how awesome it was! And I drove over 3 hours on just half a tank!
Random: They had a taxidermied fox at BEA. It was seriously kind of creepy but I couldn’t help myself.
Books I have unpacked one bag and got these:
But I seriously need to buy more shelves because I still have all of this to unpack and nowhere to put it. (with the exception of the guitar.)
Meeting: While I am grateful to everyone I was able to meet that made this experience that much better, I want to especially thank Skye of Ramblings In The Skye a dear friend who was able to accompany me to #BEA14.
Giveaways As always expect many great giveaways. Beginning with a series of Flash Giveaways on Sunday June 8th. Every Hour I will be giving a way swag and/or books. Make sure you are following me on Twitter at @TiffLoves2Read for updates.
Disclaimer Yes, I know I look dorky in all of my pics… No need to point it out And sorry about the length of the post.
P.S. What books are you most looking forward to seeing a giveaway for?