Hip Hip Hooray For B E A !!!

If you would have told me a year ago (heck, 8 months ago!) that I would be blogging and carrying on book related discussions with fellow book lovers on a daily basis, I would have thought you were a few fries short of a Happy Meal.  If you would have added I would also sign up to attend an event in New York (where I have never been before) and room with 4 other girls (whom I have never met) I would have had some concern over your mental well-being.

Yet here I am – blogging daily…. and yes, with a huge deep breath, I am going to New York to attend BEA (Book Expo of America).

Pause for a cart wheel break…..

I wanted to write this post for a few reasons.  One, it’s not often I get to do on-line cart wheels.  Two, I really wanted to thank all the wonderful bloggers who took the time to write posts on what to expend at BEA (they have been most beneficial to me!)  Here are some of the things I have taken away from those posts (check out the BEA Blog Tour here) that I would not have thought about going in to this:

Bring your own water and snacks for the expo.  The food is pricey and this will cover me while I am exploring all the amazing things around me.

Comfy comfy shoes are VERY important!  Also to dress neatly, I am representing my blog.

I appreciated learning about “must see” places, bringing business cards, ask before taking, don’t over book myself, and more!  I read all the posts and I took notes.  Thank you.

So what questions am I left with?

Mainly the BEA site itself.  What should I be pre-signing up for now?  Is there any thing that I am going to do a  head smack when I get there because I didn’t pre register for something?  What badge do I register under?

That’s about it – and oh, have you met my roommates?

Reagan at Miss Remmers Reviews

Esme from Chocolates and Croissants

Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness

Care from Care’s Online Book Club

Stop by and check out these awesome bloggers.  Oh – and I really hope to see you there!

Oh and don’t even get me started on BBC (Book Blogger Convention) … but that’s a post for another day…  😉

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on February 25, 2010, in Book Stuff and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. Yay! I’m looking forward to meeting you!

  2. Wish I could go! Maybe another year…

    Have fun– Take lots of pictures to post on the blog!


  3. Yay, how exciting!!!! I can’t wait. Love reading posts about it because then I get excited again, hehe.

    I know what you mean about if someone had told me a year ago… I never would have thought I’d make plans to fly anywhere to go to a publishing/book convention! But I plan on going. I looooooove NYC so I’m so excited to go back for that too!

  4. Looking forward to attending my very first BEA as well! And I agree that all of the posts about what to expect have been really helpful. I’ve heard that the author breakfasts are supposed to be worth attending, so I may go to those. Haven’t made up my mind yet, but it is exciting!

    • I havent spent a lot of time on the BEA site yet…. looking for a little advice on what to sign up for. Alexia did you register at BEA? I am curious what you registered as? I dont know what to pick.

      • I registered as press at the advice of previous attendees, and received a confirmation email from BEA so guess I’m good to go! I think you’re already registered for BEA if you signed up for the BBC. Might want to doublecheck with Natasha, but that was my understanding.

    • Thanks Alexia for the advice 🙂

  5. I hope you have a blast! I wish I could go.. maybe next year =)

  6. Have a great time and can’t wait to read your posts about BEA!

  7. Sounds like a great time. Maybe one of these years.
    Hope you have a great time.

  8. You’re so lucky going to this event – I am green with envy. I live in the UK and alas I don’t think I can justify the cost of flying to NYC for 3 days of bookish things (even thought that is my idea of heaven).

    Have a great time and let us live vicariously though you :o)

  9. Also, Sheila, I just gave you an award on my blog:


    I love following your blog – keep up the great work!

    Boof x

  10. I think I mentioned that I went to BEA in LA in 2008…I could have used some of those pointers beforehand! I remember being really tired, wheeling my cart around and up steps, etc., and then the long lines for food and drink!

    Hope you have a great time!

  11. I’m so excited for you! And jealous, too. I wish I was going to be there.

  12. I so wish I could go to. Maybe next year. I’m sure you’ll have a blast.

  13. I wish I could go to BEA, it sounds fantastic! I will have to settle on discovering it vicariously through you I guess! Can’t wait to read your reports.

  14. Sheila! I’m so excited for BEA!

  15. i love the way you write 😉

  16. I’m so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I should start saving my $$$ and try to plan to attend next year. Have fun with your roomies!!

  17. I signed up for the Book Blog convention, and sunsequently get a pass to the last two days of the Book Expo. I didnt even know this existed until a few months ago and CANNOT wait!!!

    I have to figure out what to do when I get to the Expo as well…. I have never been, so I am afraid I will overlook and miss things.

    Any tips on what to do while Im at the Expo, or what to sign up for ahead of time would be greatly appreciated!

  18. I wish I was going but hopefully can make it next year. Though trying to find roomates may be a issue since most of the other bloggers I know are girls. Might be a little ackward for some.

    Can’t wait to hear all about the fun.

  19. I’m so looking forward to meeting you and all the other bloggers at BEA/BBC 🙂

  20. Oh how I love NYC! I’m envious! And I’m already looking forward to your upcoming review of the event + photos! It’ll definitely be an experience!

  21. Oh Sheila –
    Lucky ducky!

    I want to go so badly I have cramps… If you do go and I can finagle a way I hope to see you there.

    If I can’t I am relying on you to do a wonderful post so that I can live vicariously through you!

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