Indy & Beau
This weeks post will be a little different - I'm going to wrap up the week with what I learned about BEA to be prepared next year!
*But first - I'm getting a blog redesign by Parajunkee Design! I've seen it and I'm so in love with my new header and design. Can't wait for the big reveal!!
OK BEA stuff.......
My tips for smoother BEA next year:
*Ship your boxes from the USPS. It's down the street from Javits (less than $5 by taxi) and you can ship it either priority flat rate - $14.95 up to 70 lbs & have your books when you get home like I did or cheaper by media mail - it will just take a little longer. Bring a roll of packing tape. DO NOT use Fed Ex at the Javits center.
*Bring a rolling luggage bag - one big one or two small ones. Check it for $3 a day and dump your books in there throughout the day!
*Wear comfortable shoes!! I know everyone said this and I did but it can not be overstated. BEA is not the time to buy new cute shoes to break in. No on is looking at your feet!
*For the ticketed authors - they open at 6:45am but get there at around 5:30 to be up front. Too much later than 6 and the line is too long. bonus - they opened early Wednesday and I was out of there by 6am!
*Have text messaging and exchange numbers before you go to BEA. You can't hear on the phone and despite any plans you may have had at meeting up with someone - there is no time!
*Bring a snack and some bottled water. It's expensive to eat at Javits and again....there's no time.
*Write down author name/booth number AND publisher because there are no freaking booth numbers in the isles!! I had to play "Where in the world is Simone Elkeles" three times in two days!!
*Team up with other bloggers and bypass that whole Harlequin chaos! As a super team you are invincible - able to get three signed books in a single 2 minute bound! (Thank you Heather & Tori!)
Things I MUST to do before BEA next year:
*Invent cloning technology.....but not share it. If you have it too then I need even more copies of myself and you can see how that just won't work for me!
*Train for a triathlon. That should get me in good enough shape. Seriously. You have NO idea what lugging all those books around while walking several miles for two days will do to you.
But know this - no matter how well you plan you can't plan enough! It's chaos but it was a blast and I can't wait to go back! I will stay longer and see more people (I hope).
Here's a quick wrap up for the week:
Blog Hop post with all my BEA links: HERE. The books, the swag, NYC....
Music: I posted a video by Weezer of a cover they did of MGMY & Lady GaGa HERE
Have a great Sunday everyone!!