So, I'm back from my second year at BookExpo America at the Javits Center in NYC! Guys, it was such an amazing time (yet again). Now that I've been there twice, I can honestly say that it's equal parts awesome, thrilling, exciting, exhausting, nerve-wracking, painful (my feet will never be the same) and just plain fun. I highly advice everyone that ever has a chance to go to take it and run! It's an experience.
BEA might not be for everyone though. While I think this year was a lot more organized, it's still a cluster sometimes and, let's be honest here, it is completely and utterly draining. Most people arrive around 8 AM to get in line (some even earlier), and there are actually a few publisher events that take place in the morning, which take away from sleep, too. I think that the lovely Jenny from Supernatural Snark and I probably got a grand total of about 24 hours of sleep in 5 days. So, yes, it's tiring. Will I do it again though? Hells yes!
Here are a few things I learned this year:
1. Flip flops, while completely comfortable on the showroom floor, do not make for great walking back to the hotel.
2. I can steal cabs like a good ol' New Yorker. I cannot, however, hail one to save my life.
3. Sometimes a free night with cheesecake is better than a night out in the city.
4. Book bloggers, as a whole, are just awesomesauce.
5. I am not, and will never be, a New Yorker.
6. BEA is an adventure each and every time you go.
Jenny, Yours Truly, Dan Cohen (Author) and Danny
My BEA in Pictures:
Because I know a ton of you desperately wanted to go but couldn't, I'm going to be offering up a few of the copies I snagged just for you! So, without further ado...who wants to win an ARC of What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang?!
Here are the rules: You MUST be a follower to enter. This giveaway is open internationally and will end promptly at midnight EST on June 22, 2012. As always, the winner will be selected by Random.org and will be notified via email.
Still want to enter? Click HERE!
***Disclaimer: Please note that these are singular copies that I received at the conference and also received for review. In no way, shape, or form did I slight other bloggers by taking duplicates to giveaway.***