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BEA 2014

Happy June! According to WordPress, this blog turned two. I can’t believe it’s been two years already!

I also can’t believe that another BEA has come and gone. Yep, for the third year in a row, I was over at the Javits Center surrounded by books and book lovers. I ended up with forty-eight new books (that’s the same amount I got last year!) that I can’t wait to read. Want to see what I got?

day1Day One-I thought my arms were going to break carrying all of this! (7 of these are signed)

day2Day Two-9 of these are signed!

day3Day Three-Just one signed this time

I’m excited because a lot of these are YA contemporary, which I’m definitely in the mood for right now! There’s something about the summer that makes me want to read contemporary novels. But what do I read first? Usually I pretty much grab whatever book catches my eye and go from there, but sometimes I have a hard time choosing! I’ve seen my friends make lists of what to read during which month, and I’m going to try that method out. I’ll let you know if that works for me! I hope to get through a large chunk of them this summer since I’m in a huge reading mood and haven’t had a chance to read much this year, but it all depends on how my writing and editing goes with the final two books in the Silver Moon Saga! Last week was spent writing the last story for the second novella, and after I finish that, it’s time for another read of the final book. I have my work cut out for me, but I hope to be done by the end of the month or early next month!

It’s always sad when BEA is over, since I pretty much spend the entire year looking forward to it. But after three days of trekking to the Javits center, dealing with crowds, and carrying bags stuffed with books, it was nice to come home and relax! Now I’m literally surrounded by books (my bookshelf is full, so I have piles on my desk and dresser) and it’s amazing. I love it.

By the way, I joined Instagram, so feel free to follow me to see more BEA pictures. And dessert. I like posting pictures of desserts!

I will probably be quiet again, especially with all the writing and editing I have planned, but I do make an effort to update both my Facebook author page and my Twitter on a daily basis.

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New York Comic Con 2013

On Friday, October 11th, I attended New York Comic Con! Comic Con is always a crazy, fun time, and this year was no exception. Actually, this was the best organized year yet, so maybe it was slightly less crazy than other years? For example, this year they placed microchips in the badges, and you had to tap your badges before entering the venue. When I first heard about this, I groaned and said, “It’s going to take even longer to get into the exhibit hall now!” But they actually set everything up outside of the Javits Center, where there is much more room. Better yet, there were no crazy long lines as everyone waited their turn to tap their badges. Once through, I waited my turn to enter the building, and then it was on to the exhibit hall!

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My first stop was, of course, to the booths run by publishing companies! This area wasn’t too crowded, so I was able to take my time and look at everything. Everyone there was super nice, too. For example, when I stopped in front of the Penguin booth, they asked me what I liked to read, and then went out of their way to open up a box of books so I could get an ARC of Rebel Springs. They were also giving away giant tote bags, which I grabbed and used for the rest of the day. When I passed Disney’s booth, I saw Victoria Schwab was doing a signing in a few minutes. I actually missed seeing her at BEA (her line was so long they ran out of books!), so it was nice to finally meet her and get a signed copy of The Archived.

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After that, I wandered the floor some more, looking at merchandise for sale and all the different cosplayers, before heading down to the conference rooms. I don’t know whose idea it was to have two literary panels back to back in the same room, but I want to shake their hands and thank them. For two hours I got to sit down, put my heavy bags on the floor, and listen to authors speak.

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The first panel was “Once Upon a Time in Fantasy Lit…” featuring authors Bennett Madison, C. Robert Cargill, Catherynne M. Valente, Soman Chainani, Emily Croy Barker, and Gitty Daneshvari. They introduced themselves and their books, and then went on to discuss everything from Disney animated movies to what fantasy creature they wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alleyway. As a lover of fantasy, I had a great time and wished the panel had been longer, because the authors were both interesting and informative. I’m definitely going to pick up their books in the near future!

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After a fifteen minute intermission, the next panel, “Kill or Be Killed: Crafting a Powerful Female Protagonist” started, featuring authors Amelia Kahaney, Kendare Blake, Danielle Paige, Lauren Oliver, and Lindsay Ribar. Once again, each author was introduced and talked a little bit about their books, before discussing their awesome female protagonists in their current and upcoming novels. In particular, I was very excited to hear about Lauren Oliver’s forthcoming Panic, and Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die. Both sound excellent. Ironically, they also discussed Disney animated movies. In fact, The Little Mermaid was mentioned in both panels (both favorably and unfavorably) by the authors!

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Once the second panel finished, I headed back to the exhibit hall. There was a book giveaway going on at the Harper Collins booth (spin the wheel, win a book), and I won an ARC of Cruel Beauty, a Beauty and the Beast retelling I can’t wait to start reading! I spent a little bit more time at the con (visited the Artist Alley to see all the beautiful artwork) before heading home, thoroughly exhausted. But I had a great time, and I’ll definitely go again next year!

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On the eve of Comic Con 2013

Tomorrow I’m going to New York Comic Con! I’m hoping to have a good time, although the weather doesn’t look very promising. Bad weather aside, I’m excited to attend two book panels, see some authors, and pick up free swag. It should be fun, and I’ll do a write-up once I get home.

Right now I’m mentally preparing myself for tomorrow’s craziness. So many people, so many things to see and do!

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BEA2013: Day Three

Today was my shortest day at BEA and yet so much happened in those few hours that it definitely was the most memorable. I chatted up some authors, met my agency-sister Theresa for the first time, met both wonderful ladies (and Snarkles!) from Tea Time at EpicReads (and spun a wheel to get a free book!), hung out with my friends (who got what looks like every single book that was handed out today!), and got a drawing from cartoonist and author Stephan Pastis. Wow, what a day!

booksdaythree (Medium)Today’s books! Top row is signed.

stackdaythree (Medium)The stack.

Eventually I’d like to do a writeup for all three days. I’m not sure if it’ll be one giant post, or three separate ones. Do you guys want to hear every single detail? Can I even remember every single detail? Everything is a blur right now. I met so many authors in such a short amount of time, I can barely remember what books I ended up with. But I will do my best to give you an accurate account of BEA2013.

Now, which of the 47 books to start reading first…

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BEA2013: Day Two

Day Two of BEA was a little less hectic and I’m not as tired or overwhelmed as I was after Day One. Like I said yesterday, I learned from my mistakes and got to the signings early. I wanted to see Holly Black, and waited 45 minutes *before* her signing started just so I could be at the front of the line (the line stretched so far back I couldn’t even see the end of it!).

booksdaytwo (Medium)Today’s haul! Top row plus the first two books (book and sampler, actually) on the left side of the second row are signed.

stackdaytwo (Medium)A lopsided pile of books.

I currently have books EVERYWHERE, and I love it.

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BEA2013: Day One

BEA was insane today. Big crowds, lots of long autographing lines… I ended up with a good haul, however:

bookdayone (Medium)The entire top row and third, fourth, and fifth book in the second row were signed!

bookstackdayone (Medium)Nice stack of books.

021 (Medium)Highlight of the day: Meeting Lemony Snicket! He was so funny!

And tomorrow is another day! I looked over my schedule and made some adjustments. I now know that it is impossible to see/do everything. Not unless you clone yourself. So the theme of tomorrow (and today, once I realized I couldn’t do everything due to the fact that I was spending nearly 45 mins on autographing lines!) is to do the stuff I really, really want to do. And get to the events early, because boy do those lines build up fast!

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The Eve of BEA2013

Heading to Book Expo tomorrow, hooray! I can’t believe the day is finally here. I think I’ve been talking non-stop about BEA for the past three MONTHS. Am I excited? Yeah, just a little.

I’m not going as a writer, but as a book lover. I can’t wait to get my hands on all the shiny, pretty ARCs. I will try and post about each day, but I’m probably going to be too drained to do it after I get home. Maybe I’ll just share pictures of my daily haul, how’s that sound?

On an unrelated note, my blog turned one yesterday. (I wouldn’t have even known if WordPress hadn’t sent me a little trophy.) Here’s to another great year of blogging!

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New York Comic Con 2012

For the second year in a row, I attended New York Comic Con (it was my third trip altogether, although in 2009 I only went to see an idol from my favorite Japanese pop group, Arashi, wave to us from a box. Best $35 I ever spent!)! Last year, I unexpectedly met some YA authors and received free copies of their books, so I was definitely looking forward to repeating that experience this year!

I have to admit I was a bit unprepared for the craziness last year. While the Javits Center is big, when it’s crammed with thousands of bodies, it becomes very small and nearly impossible to navigate. Map in hand, I swam through the crowds in search of publishing booths and got lost more than once. Keeping that in mind, I did my research this year. I found out who was going to be there, what time signings and panels were, and located all of the booths I wanted to visit on a map, which I printed out ahead of time. Thankfully, instead of spreading the booths out like they did last year, all of the publishing companies were in the same area, which made finding them much easier. I also arrived before the doors opened, so I could get to the booths before they ran out of their free goodies. Also, after nearly breaking my arms during Book Expo, I knew to bring an extra tote bag to carry my swag in (see, I’m learning!). Here’s a sampling of what I got:

Besides samplers, postcards, tattoos, and a tote bag, I also got massive posters (Vampire Academy, Bitterblue, and The Mortal Instruments). They’re really, really nice.

No con is complete without ARCs, right? I’m quite pleased that I was able to score a copy of Through the Ever Night because last year, I met Veronica Rossi and received an ARC of Under the Never Sky. Getting her books at Comic Con has become a tradition!

I attended the con with my good friend and beta reader–she has the same tastes as me, so everything I picked up, she did as well!

In the afternoon we attended a YA panel! I always love hearing authors talk about their writing habits, how they come up with ideas, how long it takes them to finish a first draft, etc. This panel was a lot of fun, as it was obvious the authors are good friends. They spent most of the time joking and teasing one another.

Afterwards, the authors from the panel did an autographing session! The above picture shows you just how insane it was. The room was small, there were lines everywhere, and it was very noisy. I’m glad my friend and I decided to go early! We ended up at the beginning of the line, away from the pure insanity.

All of the authors were nice and signed whatever we wanted them to. It’s hard to see, but the map on the bottom right is signed by Maureen Johnson! Meeting her was pretty amazing, let me tell you. I also met Alexandra Bracken for the second time, had a chat with Tahereh Mafi, and Margaret Stohl took a picture of me and my friend because we both had Beautiful Creates tote bags. Awesome? Yes, I like to think so.

We spent about eight hours at Comic Con, total. It was exhausting, but I had so much fun that I was able to ignore my fatigue. And now I can’t wait for New York Comic Con 2013!

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BEA 2012

Books, books, and more books!

Like I mentioned in my last entry, I had the opportunity to attend BEA 2012 as a Random House Power Reader! It was just as much fun as I imagined, and I definitely want to attend next year! But I’ll need to bring a suitcase! Look at how many books I got! And I was only there for a few hours. Imagine if I had gone the entire week? This is pretty embarrassing, but the reason I had to leave was because I could barely carry my two overflowing bags! And my arms still hurt, two days later!

Like last year, BEA was held in the Javits Center in Manhattan. I’ve been there a few times, twice for Comic Con and three times for Anime Fest. Last year’s Comic Con was pure insanity; I’d never seen the place so crowded! I worried BEA would be as bad, but luckily, it wasn’t. There were crowds, but they were manageable. It probably helped that it was the last day and there weren’t as many events planned. I feel like more people attended Monday-Wednesday.

A shot from the entrance.

I arrived before the doors opened, agenda in mind. I knew which booths to hit, and what times my favorite authors were signing autographs. For the first half hour I picked up free books (it was a little strange to snatch books from the floor and tables and just stuff them into my bags without paying for them!), then headed over to the autographing area to meet Alexandra Bracken!

Since there’s a line of people waiting for autographs, you don’t have a lot of time to talk with the authors, but I managed to tell her how excited I was to read her new book. I also promised to tweet about it once I finished it, to let her know what I thought!

After that signing, I joined the huge line waiting to meet Kristin Cashore! Thanks to a very generous friend, I already own signed copies of all three of Cashore’s books, but I still wanted to meet her (and snag a copy of Bitterblue for a friend). The line moved even faster than the last one, but I managed to quickly tell her how much I love her books and writing, which she was very thankful for. Afterwards, I had a bit of a, “OH MY GOSH, I just talked to Kristin Cashore!” moment.

Look at this pile!

The books are currently stacked on top of my dresser, as I can’t even fit them on my bookshelf! I’m having a hard time deciding which one to read first, they all sound amazing! I think I’m set with books for awhile, don’t you?

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BEA Bound!

It’s BEA week (that’s Book Expo America) in NY, which means tons and tons of authors, publishing companies, editors, and book lovers are heading over to the Javits Center in Manhattan for a fun-filled week. I first heard about BEA last year, and sat around pouting when I discovered I couldn’t attend because it’s trade only. This year I thought about avoiding the internet altogether, as it seems like every author ever (or, at least the ones I love) is going to be there.

Then I found out last week that a limited number of tickets were available to the general public for June 7th! I immediately snatched one up, and then proceeded to pour over the BEA website to plan my day. I’m hoping to meet a couple of authors and check out some new and upcoming books. I’m very, very excited, and hopefully I’ll have an interesting report to share with all of you later in the week!