Tuesday, June 4, 2013

BEA 2013 in Pictures

What is BEA? 

(From the BEA websiteBookExpo America (BEA) is the #1 event in North American publishing and the ideal place for content creators and consumers to discover new books/titles, meet favorite and new authors, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those have a passion for books and reading.

During BEA I met authors, agents, editors and publicists - both independent and from large publishing houses, picked up lots of books and hung out with many bloggers. It was incredible to spend 4 days with people who like to read as much as I do! 

BEA in Pictures 

It could have been a big mistake to include all of these pictures in one post! I hope they load. Also, I got a lot of pictures of the venue, but very few of all the amazing bloggers and publishing professionals that I met. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books did a great post with more words and pictures of authors and bloggers, if you want to see some faces and find out more about BEA and the events surrounding it.

If you're like me before this year, and have never been to BEA before, these pictures will give you a glimpse as to what it's all about. 

And YES, I got a LOT of free books. More than 50 of them. 

At South Station in Boston about to head to NYC
BEA isn't actually scary! 
The Javits center where the expo was held. It was beautiful and HOT during the event. 
Registration in the beautiful glass enclosure

Outer section with registration and large book ad posters   
Inside the event: each publisher's booth and giveaway schedule was different. 
I did a lot of planning and organizing book schedules before BEA, and it helped me so much!

Long lines for author autographing
Lots of sitting around for author signatures
Fake Steph, me and Jen waiting in line for Find Me
This was the last day so we all had smaller bags to carry

You never know who you might meet. Above L-R, top to bottom. Diana Peterfreund, Laurie Boyle Crompton, Jim Carrey and Diana Gabaldon (sorry some of these pics are terrible!)

Little, Brown (Hatchette) giveaway for Roomies. Sometimes giveaways got to be insane!
Lots of fun in the madness! (Yes, I came across that book and glove randomly lying on the ground somewhere - creepers!)

Penguin bus! 
Baggage check - to store heavy books during the day.
The enormous post office, open all the time.

 Mailing books home (I sent 3 boxes and carried favorites with me, but some had 4 or more!)
This photo was a settings oops, but it pretty much describes the heat outside the Javits center. 
I'll be back for sure!

A few highlights

1) Meeting Emma McLaughlin who's written a new book with Nicola Kraus called The First Affair and asking her if she's written anything else. PS. They also wrote The Nanny Diaries. 

2) Putting a face and voice to all the bloggers I'd previously only 'met' online, and getting to know a few new ones. Now I'm reading Mandee's reviews to myself with an Australian accent. I also loved finding out about bloggers' other lives - I met a former NASA employee who used to train astronauts and another blogger who's a doctor of anthropology

3) Stalking Tahereh Mafi with Asheley, and her telling us "I know you!" (What she really meant was, you girls are CRAZY, stop harassing me about Adam!).

4) Discussing trends with other bloggers and industry professionals. Dystopian is going out, but duologies are in (as opposed to trilogies). 

5) Surprisingly, I learned a lot about co-writing books, as a lot of authors are doing that right now as well. I may post on it, because I found it to be interesting. But sometimes co-writers plot, and sometimes they don't, but usually books are written by splitting chapters. 

6) Spending WAY too much to ride through NYC on the back of a pedicab, because I couldn't grab a taxi during rush-hour - but it was fun!


  1. Aahh it looks like so much fun! I'm glad you had a great time and got so many books! I can't wait to see them all and great re-cap post!(:

  2. Yay!! Love that you got so many pictures of actual BEA. haha Most of my pics are of people or authors. or you know... food... or tattoos on muscled arms waiting in line. hahahha Mr. Betty was like... so what did Javits look like inside? haha But see.... you saved my butt by posting these pics!!

  3. HAHA to #3! Still a PERFECT moment, for sure. Great, great pictures! It was so awesome to meet you. :) xo

  4. That's it. I am going with you next year! And seriously-Jim Carey??? Did he actually WRITE a book???

    1. ALSO: Remember how you did the fashion show before leaving? Now I can't wait for the BOOK show! I want to see every.single.last.one!! Let's plan it!!

  5. Looks like you had a fantastic time at BEA! I would love to go to BEA one day, it looks like such a magical haven of everything books <3

    Btw, that's cool to know re: #4 with duologies becoming popular and dystopian on its way out. It's always interesting to know what's going on in the industry :)

    - Lianne @ caffeinatedlife.net

  6. The building is HUGE *__* oh, girl!!! I wish I'd been there. I'm so glad you shared it with us. It's definitely an event I want to go to someday. Once I'm rich, I'll purhcase a plane ticket from Europe to the states and will visit the heck out of BEA. Eeek! So glad you went and shared the experience, hon :)

  7. That looks so awesome! I didn't realize how big the place was! That Penguin bus is super awesome too. Glad to hear you had such a great time. I hope I get to go someday. :)

  8. It looks so much fun, I'm jealous! ;-)
    Which books did you get?

  9. This is such a great post. Last year I did a post with a ton of photos, but this year I hardly took any.
    SO much fun to hang out with you. I miss you already :) Next year we are kidnapping Heather and bringing her...

  10. Yes! Kidnap me, PLEASE!!! :)

    I love this post! I love all your pix. My fave being you and the mustache and you in the rickshaw:)) I'm going to get there one day, I promise!! And when I do, me, you, Jen and hopefully Asheley, are going dancing! :)

  11. Loving the pictures, Lauren! It looks like you had a FABULOUS time. I'm so glad you organized beforehand because it looks crazy. (P.S. I totally would've stalked Tahereh Mafi with you!)

  12. Oh, I love it! I love being able to put an image with things - I never really understood the layout of BEA before. Thanks for sharing! So glad you got to go and had an awesome time. :)

  13. Enough! No more! That looked absolutely amazing. And more than 50 books? Oh geeze!!

  14. Ooh, I hope you do post about co-writing books actually, I have thoughts on this and would love to see the discussion (personally, I can TELL when they don't plot, and tend to dislike 90% of co-authored books). I'm so glad you had a good time, Lauren! And it was so great to meet you. I'm totally reading Asheley's Tweets in her voice/accent now as well. :P

  15. Aw, Lauren! It looks like you had an amazing time. :) I can't wait to hear all about the books you're excited about reading, and I just know more BEA stories are going to leak into your reviews, too.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  16. Holy wow, what a blast! I liked that you had more pictures of just anything and everything, I'm always curious about that. I love the BEA posts since I have to live vicariously through everyone else.

  17. Can I say how sad I am that BEA is over already? And how nice it was to meet you! I think you may have gotten one of the only pictures of me this year! :)

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  20. Super exciting that you traveled from Boston to head to NYC. I am doing that same for BEA 2014.


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