It was an exciting year for us at Reading Teen. All five of us got to attend BEA! It was a fast-paced, non-stop, roller-coaster (and any other hyphenated word you can think of) ride, and we’re so thankful that we were able to go! So, we thought we’d share with you a little about our time there.
We have arrived!
We decided to drive again this year from DC. We checked into the Best Western, which was just half a block from the convention center. (Thanks Kendra, and Spencer Hill Press!) By the way, the staff at Best Western were very kind and helpful, we would definitely stay there again.
Andye: I think driving was a good idea because we completely loaded up the car with books, and didn’t have to pay for shipping (or make the dreaded trek to the post office). Plus, I just love driving in NYC. This is not sarcasm. I seriously think of it as a video game....kind of like Frogger.
Amy: I really like when Andye drives, I like to doze off when I want. Personally, I think she doesn’t want me to drive in NYC, because she is a control freak, and doesn’t think I can handle it! We however made the journey with zero audiobooks in the car = Fail. I had to listen to Andye’s crappy music (and her singing) the whole time. Ouch! On a good note, I was really glad my wreath and flowers, for the Rooftop Party, made the journey without a scratch!
Andye: I am NOT a control freak. I just want everything to be my way! And my singing is awesome :P.
Amy: Well the music you listen to kills brain cells!
Andye: This is most likely true.
Austin: Stop your griping, I was the only dude with four girls for a week!
We were fortunate enough to be invited to Simon & Schuster’s Teen Blogger Preview, aka Freakin’ Awesome Party with Lenore Appelhans (Level 2), Tonya Hurley (The Blessed), Shannon Messenger (Let the Sky Fall), Carmen Rodriguez (34 Pieces of You), Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivien (Burn for Burn)
Andye: I had SO much fun at this. I loved seeing so many of my blogger friends, meeting with the S&S team, and being introduced to all the authors. Didn’t you just love this event?
Amy: Ummm.... I don’t remember anything about this party! I really enjoyed the cocktails though :) Thank you Andye for carrying me home. I would still be wandering around the streets of NYC, if you haven’t come to my aid. Oh well, New York isn’t the same if you don’t party hard at least one night... right???
Andye: Yes, except that somehow the food I ordered ended up in the hands of a homeless woman. Any idea how that happened?
Amy: Yes. I’m kinder than you are.
Abigaile: Uh mom... I think it was ME who carried you home haha. But yes, I absolutely loved the Simon & Schuster party! Getting to meet Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian made my year. Definitely had a fan-girling moment.
Austin: the mock cocktail (for us minors) was pink! I drank a pink drink all night, it was sweet. I ate tons of manly food though to make up for it.
Jenny Han interviewing Lenore Appelhans
Kit: Seriously, though, this party was too much fun. Jenny Han “interviewed” the rest of the authors in fun ways like “Kiss/Marry/Kill” and “Plead the 5th”. So creative and hilarious! Then they gave out prizes and I won a bunch of Jodi Picoult books and a $50 Kilz gift certificate (which my mom promptly stole). Oh, yeah....and we got copies of all the books. HOLLA!
Amy: Oh, and I won a $50. gift card to Sephora.
Andye: Dang, I should’ve stolen that too....
Andye: Monday night Amy and I split up. I went to the Scholastic Blogger Event, with authors including Maggie Steifvater (The Raven Boys), Donna Cooner (Skinny), Jeff Hirsch (Magisterium), Sharon Cameron (The Dark Unwinding) and some kid lit authors. But the man who stole the show was James Dashner (The Infinity Ring). He was so funny, I can’t even tell you. He started off by saying they were going to act out 50 Shades of Gray, then did a hilarious old southern lady voice when reading from The Dark Unwinding. I talked to him after, and told him that I was trying my hardest to get Austin to read The Maze Runner, and here’s what he said:
Austin: Yeah, after Andye showed me James Dashner’s message, I have agreed to read The Maze Runner. I thought Dashner was very cool!
Amy: While Andye was at Scholastic, I went to the Harper Teen cocktail party, in the Fox News building. Don’t worry... I took it easy that night. Only two cocktails for me, and tons of awesome food. They served all types of dishes from around the world. Cheeseburger sliders, sushi, lamb chops, samosas and hummus were just some examples of the delicious food. The staff at Harper Teen were very friendly, they all wanted to know what I thought about them, and how they do their job. They asked me about their jacket art, books they choose to represent and so on. They showed us their new site epicreads.com , which has tons of info. and useful tools for bloggers. Harper also showed us how a book cover is made, I found it very fascinating.
Andye: Oh yeah, they showed the new Shatter Me cover, right?
Amy: Yes, they revealed the cover for Shatter Me and Destroy Me (Warner’s perspective)
In the War Room....er....I mean, in the SHOWROOM!
Andye: The day has arrived! We got there early, but not too early. The line was already in a twisty pretzel by the time we got there, but I knew with my incredibly annoying foot injury I wouldn’t be running to any booths this time, so I wasn’t too worried about it, especially since we had a PLAN OF ATTACK!
Kit: Yeah, my mom was kind of a Nazi with her “Plan of attack!”
Andye: All I did was assign each of us to a different booth so we’d be sure not to miss anything. I think Abigaile may have gotten lost in the madness at one point, though. MAN DOWN!
Austin: Abigaile was such a newbie, she actually looked scared. Girls.
Amy: The first day of BEA is always exciting. The swarm of bloggers going every which way, grabbing books, dashing to-and-fro, making interesting contacts... it just goes on and on that way for hours. I was constantly worried about Andye’s foot though, she did very well, for someone who really shouldn’t be walking.
Andye: It was mostly pretty calm for me, though I did get PUSHED at the Penguin booth by SHE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED. Yes, this was while I was WEARING MY BOOT! Hey, don’t mind the crippled girl, just push her on over and grab that copy of Venom!
Kit: Ugh, that chick needs to be handled! :P
Amy: The book I was most excited about the first day was Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan!
Andye: I was most excited to see Andrea Cremer (Rift), Melissa Marr (Carnival of Souls) and to get a signed hardcover of The Immortal Rules, because it was THAT FREAKING GOOD!
Andye: While Amy and the kids were at TAC, I hit up the Penguin Young Readers’ party with Jen from A Book and a Latte (LOVE HER). There were so many authors there that I can’t name them all, but I finally got to meet and chat with one of my all-time favorite authors, Kristin Cashore (Graceling/Fire/Bitterblue). She was awesome. That is all. I also got to talk quite a bit with Marie Lu (Legend/Prodigy). Let me just tell you that she is the cutest person alive. And super sweet. I also talked with Andrea Cremer (one of my favorite people), Ally Condie (love), and Maureen Johnson (so funny). The venue was gorgeous, and I had a really great time.
Amy: Kit, Austin, Abigaile and I went to the Teen Author Carnival, put together by Mitali Dave. The venue this year was much bigger than last year, which was awesome. TAC consisted of three different topics for an hour, in three different sections of the library. The same went for the second hour. The first hour we chose to go to the top floor and listen to “Fantasy Books” as the topic, which Gretchen McNeil author of Ten asked a panel of about twelve authors (Kody Keplinger, Tom Pollock, Hannah Moskowitz, and many more) questions from their book. The second hour, we chose “Kick-ass book characters” as the topic, we wanted to hear about. Again, Gretchen McNeil was the moderator. Authors included Courtney Allison Moulton, Jerri-Smith Ready, Lauren Oliver, and Tom Pollock. All-in-all, it was very interesting. Thank you Mitali for putting this wonderful event together again.
Andye: I caught the end of the panel with Gretchen moderating, and she is freaking hilarious. One of my new favorite people!
Austin: The City’s Son author Tom Pollock was my favorite author at the TAC, he was funny and knew how to capture the audience when he spoke.
Andye: This was the day of standing in lines. I was most excited to grab a copy of Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas), which I promptly started reading on the way home. :D I also grabbed Prodigy (though not as many as Abigaile o_O), Time Between Us, Fathomless and a bunch more!
Abigaile: Hey now, Andye, stop making fun of me! I didn’t know what to do! But yes, I did grab a few copies of Prodigy....
Andye: Heehee, we forgive you! We found them good homes :D
Kit: All I cared about was meeting Tim Gunn (Project Runway). Goal accomplished. But I did also get a freakin’ awesome Batman graphic novel and I met Lemony Snicket, who was completely hilarious.
Austin: I finally got to meet Mike Mullin author of Ashfall and his newest Ashen Winter
BEST NIGHT! The Rooftop Party!!
Andye: We will talk more about this in our Rooftop After-party post, but let me just say, it was amazing! The blogger/author ratio was about 1:1, which meant there was always someone amazing to talk to, and you didn’t feel rushed to move on. The view was the most spectacular I’ve ever seen in NYC, the food was delicious, and the company was amazing!
Amy: I had a great time at the Rooftop Party. Great food. Great wine. Fantastic guests. It was a blast! I heard (tooting our own horns, thank you very much) it was THE party of BEA!
Andye: Well, I was there....so....yeah, I’d say so!
Amy: My “Wuthering Heights” wreath is being shipped to England for Tom Pollock’s literary wedding! That makes me happy.
Kit: Abigaile and I were bouncers... Which was way less exciting than I thought it would be., especially since SHE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED didn’t show. But I did get Susane Colasanti to sign my copy of Something Like Fate, and Rebecca Serle to sign When You Were Mine so that was pretty awesome.
Thanks so much Liza, Jeremy, Jeffrey, Kelsey and Mitali for all your help, planning and awesomeness!
Andye: Thursday morning, Kit and I hit the Macmillan YA blogger breakfast. We sat at a giant table while Macmillan fired questions at us. I thought this was really fantastic, because they were seriously interested in our feedback about everything to do with YA books, from covers to book trailers, we covered a lot.
Kit: But after that I had to get on the bus and go home so I could get to work by Thursday night :(
Amy: After some much needed sleep, I rushed over to the conference to get in line for Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I really wanted a signed finished copy. I also waited in the signing line for The Darkest Mind by Alexandra Bracken, I wanted to get a copy for Andye. After that, it was pretty slow for the last day. Austin, Abigaile and I went for some awesome Thai food for lunch. After lunch we just bummed around the floor making contacts and saying goodbye to friends. See you next year.
Andye: I actually skipped out early this day because my foot was just done with all the line standing, but I did wait with Jeremy, Jeffrey & Kelsey in line for David Levithan’s new book Every Day. I can’t say this was one I was planning on getting, but while I waited in line I decided it sounded really good! I also got Breathe and Crewel, which I’m very excited about! After that, we headed over to The Shake Shack, then to the Planetarium, (where I would have given anything to have been able to take a picture of Jeremy and Jeffrey asleep in the movie with their twin mouths agape....haha) and then wandered around Central Park (very slowly). Thanks for putting up with my gimpiness guys!
NEWSIES! Thanks to the organization of Kelsey Dickson, a group of us went to see Newsies on Broadway.
Andye: I really enjoyed this show, though I thought the girl kind of sounded like Ariel from The Little Mermaid. So far I’ve seen Wicked, Marry Poppins, American Idiot, Les Miserables (in DC), and Newsies, and I’d rank them in that order.
Austin: Oh lord, kill me now!
Amy: I also really enjoyed this show! I’ve seen The Barber of Seville, My Fair Lady, The Nutcracker, Les Miserables (Andye’s birthday gift to me), The Phantom of the Opera, and Newsies. Yes, I would rank them in that order as well. Abigaile and I sat with Kelsey and Andye. Austin decided to hang out in Times Square. For some weird reason, Austin doesn’t like watching a bunch of men dancing and singing for three hours. Again... weirdo! I am glad we decided to add the broadway show at the very end, it was extremely fun and relaxing. Thank you Kelsey for the idea and organizing this event.
Abigaile: I went to Newsies not expecting to like it at all. I’ve never been big on musicals. But I actually really enjoyed it! Although I would have prefered less singing... The dancing was fantastic! And I agree with Andye, she did sound like Ariel.
Kit: I was at work O_o
That's a Wrap:
Andye: I’d definitely say this was a week of highs and lows for me. I had a rough time getting around with the gimpy limp (thank you so much RT crew, Jen, Yara, Katie, Jeremy, Jeffrey & Kelsey for putting up with my slowness!). I didn’t feel like there were as many galleys as last year, but that could just be that by the time I made it there, they were gone...haha.
Amy: I agree with Andye, there were not as many galleys this year. However, everyone was much nicer this year. Words I heard often; “please”, “excuse me”, “I’m sorry”, and “go ahead”. I loved that our hotel was only a four minute walk to and from the Javits Center. I made more friends this year than last year. And one last thing... I loved that the whole Reading Teen crew was able to attend this year.
Andye: The thing I enjoyed the most about this year, was seeing all my old friends again, and meeting new friends for the first time. I met so many more authors, and just felt more connected with everyone this year. I was completely exhausted by the time it was over, but I wouldn’t change it for anything!
Kit: I met Tim Gunn. Did I say that already?
Austin: I slept on the floor. I had to either stay, in the bathroom, or bury my face in my pillow, while the girls were changing. My mom uses me to carry all her books.....I can’t wait for next year....
Thanks so much everyone, for making this AWESOME!
You can check out TONS more pictures of BEA here!
You can check out TONS more pictures of BEA here!