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BEA vs Book Con

I have been attending Book Expo America for the pas few years. Each one has been a delight of authors and free books, but this year’s BEA had a new twist: BookCon. I am saddened to have to say this, but I think BookCon may ruin BEA.

I overheard someone talking the numbers. Last year BEA had around 2,000 attendees. This year BookCon brought it up to 8,000. While that might be good for the convention and enticing autors to come to the show, the problem is they cut the show floor in half for the last day to corral the BookCon people to one side. That means that all those 6,000 extra people were shoved into a much smaller space. Things like autographing lines suddenly became autographing battlefields. Organizers were threatening attendees with being ejected from the con if they didn’t clear paths for people to walk as they were a giant fire hazard. Of course they wouldn’t let people line up early because there was NO ROOM. Most of the new fans were teenagers and more than once I overheard them say they were willing to shove people out of the way to get to the author they wanted.The attitude between the BookConners and the BEAers became a bit hostile.

Many of the professionals I spoke with voiced disappointment to anger over the inclusion of so many non-professionals. You can see from some of the pictures above my point. The first picture of the show floor shows an aisle where people can leisurely walk, talk with dealers, and see everything pretty easily. The next 2 pics of the show floor are from BookCon before it started to get really bad. there were times where I became trapped in the crowd as I was trying to get from one end of a booth to another. My friend and I wanted to see Libba Bray and I swear the rabid nature of the crowd as they swarmed the autographing line scared us off. While BookCon seemed like an overflowing anthill of pushy fans the BEA side was a ghost town. I think everything could have been better handled by less tickets sold, better line management, and perhaps having authors do 2 signings: 1 on BookCon side and 1 on BEA side, so that the two groups could stay separate and perhaps not crowd up.

All that said there are still unfortunate people on the BEA side as well. One woman, during the Neil Patrick Harris line used her friend in a wheelchair to push her way into the front of the line, shoved my friend out of the way so she could take pictures, and stole another woman’s book to get signed. Such awfulness is not the norm, but sadly an occasional part of going to BEA. I don’t want to be all negative. BEA is a wonderful time when things go right. The authors are always so wonderful and appreciative of their fans and the books you end up taking home can feed your reading addiction for a year.

If you do decide to go next year just keep in mind your manners and sharpen your elbows.

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Book Expo
Until this year, Book Expo America (BEA) has been an industry only convention. I have been lucky enough to get to go through my jobs and school, but I realize that if I had not been involved in the book industry I would have never known about BEA. This year they opened the doors to the public and I am not sure how many people found out. Just in case they do it again I thought it might be good to let you guys know what it is about.
FREE BOOKS! (and networking with the book industry…)
The publishers and authors that attend BEA usually promote a ton of books and hand out galley copies. Most of the time the authors are there to sign them. As you can see below I met a ton of cool people:

Tim Gunn                                    Chris Colfer

Jonathan Mayberry                                 Erin Morgenstern

Bruce DeSilva                                          Kenneth Wishnia

Jeff Kinney                                    Chris Giarusso

Libba Bray                                                  Stacy London
Most of the books I brought home:

The convention is still geared toward professionals and you will see a ton of people sitting down to chat about deals and promoting. Many of the vendors will be for products that help booksellers and libraries, but you can still have a great time as a non-professional.
There are a few lessons I would like to leave you with to keep in mind for Book Expo 2013:
1. Bring something with wheels to haul your books home. Your back will thank you.2. Bring your own food. the Jacob Javits Center Food Court is expensive.3. Get there early. A lot of vendors run out of free stuff in the afternoon.4. Authors are just as excited as you are. Most of them are really nice and humble people. Treat them right. :)5. Have Fun!

Book Expo

Until this year, Book Expo America (BEA) has been an industry only convention. I have been lucky enough to get to go through my jobs and school, but I realize that if I had not been involved in the book industry I would have never known about BEA. This year they opened the doors to the public and I am not sure how many people found out. Just in case they do it again I thought it might be good to let you guys know what it is about.

FREE BOOKS! (and networking with the book industry…)

The publishers and authors that attend BEA usually promote a ton of books and hand out galley copies. Most of the time the authors are there to sign them. As you can see below I met a ton of cool people:

Tim Gunn                                    Chris Colfer

Jonathan Mayberry                                 Erin Morgenstern

Bruce DeSilva                                          Kenneth Wishnia

Jeff Kinney                                    Chris Giarusso

Libba Bray                                                  Stacy London

Most of the books I brought home:

The convention is still geared toward professionals and you will see a ton of people sitting down to chat about deals and promoting. Many of the vendors will be for products that help booksellers and libraries, but you can still have a great time as a non-professional.

There are a few lessons I would like to leave you with to keep in mind for Book Expo 2013:

1. Bring something with wheels to haul your books home. Your back will thank you.
2. Bring your own food. the Jacob Javits Center Food Court is expensive.
3. Get there early. A lot of vendors run out of free stuff in the afternoon.
4. Authors are just as excited as you are. Most of them are really nice and humble people. Treat them right. :)
5. Have Fun!

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So I recently participated in two reddit gift exchanges r/books #2 and T-Shirts #1. The rules were pretty simple. You are assigned a random person to buy a gift for, you send said gift, someone else sends you a gift.

My gifters sent me some pretty cool stuff. The book gifter sent out the first two books of his favorite series and a hand painted Dalek. Super cool points for the artwork. The other gifter sent me a really sweet tee-shirt. I love reddit gifts. It is way to do nice things for people you don’t know just for the simple sake of making them happy. It totally goes with my belief that people should be nice for nice sake. The world would be a better place. So check out Reddit Gifts if you like super cool secret santa fun and you might even get matched up with me. :) (I’m still hoping to be matched with Wil Wheaton. He is a pretty kick ass person)

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