Thursday, May 13, 2010

BEA and Book Blogger Convention: Need Feedback!

Hi Everyone.

BEA and the 1st Annual Book Blogger Convention are less than 2 weeks away already and I, well, I am filled with so much excitement that i think I may burst. Of course, I am also filled with dread and anxiety over leaving my son for a whole week that I kind of want to vomit all the time now. (nervous laugh)

With that aside, I am trying to organize this trip.

I initially set it up to go with my two good friends, Cheryl and Trever. Both of them are former booksellers and of course, book LOVERS. But this fun trip is turning into the potential to be more business than fun (and that's good). I am trying to figure out how much I want to do, how much I want to "market" myself and am i ready for the attention if i do all of this?

So I've made business cards. I've read the websites to see who is coming to BEA. I've organized my days a bit. But I've also made sure I left lots of time for fun; shows, food, seeing the city again, etc. Because really it can't all be about me! Did I really just say that? :)

I would like to get some feedback from those who are going and from maybe those that have gone before.

1. Do you stay at BEA all day long? Is it just too overwhelming?
2. How many other events are any of you doing? (I'm noticing there are lots of Meetings at night that are happening)
3. Are you getting a ton of emails from publishers now asking you for interviews and such?

I am just curious as to how everyone else is gearing up for this event.

I really want to discover lots of new books and meet some people along the way. I also want to chat with other bloggers and see what the publishing world thinks of us and get to know others.

Hopefully I'll hear from a few of you.

Thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

i've been a crappy blogger friend lately.





Julie@My5monkeys said...

really wanted to go a conference somewhere this year. I heart books..

So I'm going to the SITS (the secret is in the sause)conference in SF. Have fun and get lots of books.

Teresa said...

I wish I had something to offer you. I just wanted to say that I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I was invited as an author a few years ago, so one event included my signing hour. But two days of wandering the floor was incredible - so much to see!!! I even wandered into the agent's area, quite by accident, too. And we came home with about $900 worth of free books. (I found later in the afternoon of the last day, more publishers were giving away nice stuff they had on display.)

You will have a blast!

Tales of Whimsy said...

O I so want to go! Definitely next year. Good luck :) have fun :)

Alexia561 said...

This will be my first BEA, so it is a little overwhelming! I'll be commuting from NJ, so am planning on staying all day long. Not planning on going to any of the after parties or events, as I'll probably be exhausted.

I'm getting lots of emails from PR reps and publishers asking about interviews, which I'm not really sure what to do with! *L*

I'm trying to schedule the authors on my must-see list, but also going to wander and just see what I can discover by happenstance. :)

Unknown said...

I've left an award for you on my blog-

Ryan said...

I'm so jealous of everyone that is going.....I'm promising myself that I will go next year. Have a blast!

Zia said...

Ryan I am right there with you. Although next year is looking promising for me to go.

Michelle I hope you have a fabulous time and I look forward to hearing about it.

Priya Parmar said...

look out for my sister--she will be there! have fun!

Stacy at The Novel Life said...

OH Michelle I am so dying to go....I want to go so very badly but alas it just did not work out this year...*big gigantic sigh* SOOOO, that means I get to live vicariously through YOU! I know on the book lady's blog she's arranging a group of the book bloggers to get together and on the book bloggers conference site they did a whole series about what to expect ~ if you haven't read it those posts are awesome!