Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Some BEA Highlights!

Well, I'm probably the LAST person to blog about BEA that was there, but the weekend totally and completely wore me out! I figured out that I got about 7 hours of sleep over the entire weekend...so it's no surprise that I slept my entire flight home and that when I finally got home (at 1 p.m.) I went to bed and didn't wake up until it was time to go to work!

There were some definite highlights! Of course, meeting so many fantastic book bloggers was one of them. I was thrilled to meet so many of you and only wish you all could have been there...and that I could have found all of you who were there! I will share more about this later.

Some specific little highlights...

While at our blogger signing on Friday, I learned of the existence of Stone Bridge Press which, incidentally, publishes books about Japan. That's how it was introduced to me, which naturally captured my interest. What captured my interest even more was the ARC plunked down in front of me. Hidden Buddhas: A Novel of Karma and Chaos by Liza Dalby. Liza Dalby is one of those fascinating people who actually became a geisha and lived among them even though she's a Westerner. So to me, this was instant excitement. I looked through Stone Bridge Press's catalog that night and have to admit a lot of their backlist looks fantastic. To me this is what BEA is all about...discovering what I might not have ever discovered on my own. Hidden Buddhas is at the top of my list of ARCs I can't wait to read, and so a special thank you to (sorry your card is stuck in the ARC which is stuck in the box being mailed to me!) the gentleman who took the time to come by and see Julie and me while we were signing!

Chatting books and blogging with Hachette publicists at dinner! I really loved getting to meet so many publicists I work with face to face, but the publicists at Hachette took the time to go to dinner with us. I sat at a table with Kelly (@springbaby31 on Twitter) and Brianna (so sorry if that's not how you spell your name!), Lenore, Steph, and Daniel (Lenore's husband), and Steph's mom. The food was yummy, but let me just tell you I love these four gals to pieces! Kelly is just every bit as awesome as I imagined she would be. Seriously, I doubt book bloggers have a bigger advocate and friend. And yes Steph is really as gorgeous as she looks in her photos and Lenore was already a favorite and I think if we lived close to each other we'd be good friends. Pretty much every topic under the sun related to books and blogging we covered.

Scoring an ARC of Catching Fire. Loved the Hunger Games. Was super excited to join in the excitement for this one as well.

The Book Blogger Panel.
Due to the fact that our panel was not mentioned in the official BEA book, we were fairly certain we'd have about 10 people show up...all our book blogging buddies. We were blown away to have a full room! And what an attentive and interested audience! While we definitely got off on some tangents (blog tours and comments anyone?) I do think we covered a lot of things. You can listen to our panel below. Please keep in mind, that for every blogger, there's a different opinion. I think we did a fairly good job of covering the basics, though, and I sincerely thank everyone who came to the panel and also who came to meet us afterwards!




I'll blog some later about the titles I'm looking forward to reading, meeting other book bloggers, etc. For now, well, I've got to go to bed again!




Amy

26 comments:

Stephanie said...

I am really glad you had an excellent time!! I read that next year, it's going to be mid-week?? And so glad the Blogger Panel turned out to be a success!! That is certainly something we all like to see!

Meghan said...

Sounds like fun! I'm so glad the blogger panel was so well attended. I think you ladies did a fantastic job!

violetcrush said...

So glad you had a great time. Thanks for highlighting Stone Bridge Press. I looked through their catalogue and as you sais it's really interesting.

Will look forward to the rest of the highlights as well

Beth Kephart said...

Thank you so much for your impressions! I love hearing the behind the scenes, not to mention in front of the scenes! Congratulations on your full panel room!! What a high that must have been.

Literate Housewife said...

I am so glad you had a great time, Amy. I can't wait to listen to the book blogger panel. I wonder why it wasn't advertised?

I enjoy my lunches with Miriam from Hatchette, so I'm not surprised that your dinner was a great time.

Here's hoping I make it to the 2010 BEA so that we can meet. :)

Jennsbookshelf said...

It was so great to have met you!!

Molly said...

You are definitely NOT the last one to post about BEA. I am glad that you were able to catch up on some much needed sleep!

The panel did an absolutely amazing job -- you should all be so proud.

It was a pleasure to meet you in person. I hope we have an opportunity to spend more time together in 2010.

Steph said...

HAHAHAHAHA I love the bit about me. You're so nice, Amy! Thank you!

You're right that Kelly is such a great advocate for bloggers. I'd never emailed her before but wow, she's incredibly nice, resourceful, and in tune with the going-ons in the blogger world, which is true for all of the Hachette online marketing department as well. Really, I can't think of a house with better online presence than that.

Steph

Steph said...

Also - you're not the last! I'll be doing recaps and stuff in a bit. :D

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Michelle said...

Sounds like you had an amazingly productive and exciting trip. I cant imagine why you were so exhausted, LOL. Could it be all the hours in the plane and the lack of sleep while you were in NYC? I'd sleep for days too!

Several of us were chatting on Twitter about how the best part of the trip was meeting up with colleagues and friends. Free books are free books but the personal connections are priceless.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us :)

Kari said...

Thanks for posting the audio of the panel! I missed out on Saturday.

Jen - devourer of books said...

I'm so glad you had a good time! I'm still jealous, but after hearing how exhausted everyone is I'm glad I didn't try to go, I would never have made it and it probably would have put me into labor. Can't wait to hear about the books you got!

Beth F said...

It was a blast and I was glad to have spent some time with you!

Bonnie said...

It's wonderful to read the recaps of BEA, thanks for sharing this with us who weren't there. I plan to listen to the blogger panel and am so happy to hear that it went well and you had such a great turnout!

Nymeth said...

I'm glad you had such a good time, Amy! I so wish I could have been there! Chris and Renay have been tempting me to start saving right away to maybe go next year. I always did want to go to NY :P It's not much more than a daydream at this point, but who knows!

bermudaonion said...

You are not the last person to post about BEA - I am. I am so glad I met you and can now call you my REAL friend Amy. Thank you so so much for getting Viola in Reel Life for me - it means more than you know.

Lenore said...

Thanks for linking to the complete transcript of the blogger panel. I had to leave early. And I also enjoyed hanging out with you!! I think we could STILL be good friends :)

My wrap up is on it's way.

Jessica Strider said...

I can't remember how I found out about the panel. I think it was on one of the updated pages they handed out at the information stations.

I found the panel very interesting. Doing it was a great idea (and gave me lots of ideas for my own blog).

Ti said...

What a blast!! A weekend is just not long enough to cover everything you want to but you sure covered a lot!

You and Julie looked so cute in your video interview too.

The Tome Traveller said...

You are sooo right, it was totally exhausting and completely exhilarating at the same time! I was so happy we got to meet and chat a bit. You all did such a fantastic job on the blogger panel!


Carey

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,

I attended the blogger panel and thought it was great. It was very informative.

However, at the session, some pages were handed out and I believe you mentioned that you would post the content of those pages on your website for those who did not get it.

I've checked back a few times and have not found it. Thanks!

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

Amy, it sounds like BEA was amazing! I'm so glad you had such a great time and got to meet so many other bloggers, especially Lenore and Steph! I hope I'm able to make it to BEA 2010!

Kelly Leonard said...

Hi Amy, thank you SO much for your kind words for the Hachette Book Group Online Marketing team. Dinner with the book bloggers was the best BEA dinner I've ever attended. I hope it won't be too long before we all see each other in person again soon. Thank you for everything you and all of the book blogging community do to support books, authors, and a passion for reading.

Matthew said...

Wow, that sounds really cool. Sounds like you had a good time!

Gwendolyn B. said...

Amy: I wasn't even AT BEA, and I can't get caught up! Thanks for mentioning Stone Bridge Press - I checked them out, and they do have some great looking books! I'm so glad you had so much fun at BEA and are sharing your experiences with the rest of us!

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