For What It's Worth

Saturday, May 16, 2015

ALL my BEA posts and links!

There are so many great BEA posts out there this year, I didn't feel like I had anything better to add for this year but here's a round-up of all my previous BEA posts from 2010-2014 (YIKES! I've been going for a while now!)

Keep in mind that each year BEA is a little different, so this is more to help newbies get a feel for what it looks like, maybe pick up a few tips and see what there is to do/eat around the city while you’re there.

BEA 2014:

Wrap-Up post - Books
Wrap-Up post - Food

BEA 2013:

Wrap-Up post – books
BEA -the food p*rn

BEA 2012:

Wrap-Up - Part One
Wrap-Up - Part Deux
Wrap-Up - NYC & Food

BEA 2011:

Pre-BEA Tips & Advice
Wrap-Up Part 1
Wrap-Up Part 2 - Books & Swag
Wrap-Up Part 3 - The Food
Wrap-Up Part 4 - This & That (bookstores, cupcakes)

BEA 2010:

Wrap-Up Part One – books & swag
Wrap-Up Part Two – pics from inside, author breakfast
Wrap-Up Part 3 – authors & signings
Wrap-Up Part 4 (the city)

Things change but a few basic bits of advice remain the same every year…

~ Wear comfortable shoes!!!!

~ I know it’s hard & believe me – I learned this lesson myself (the hard way) – YOU DO NOT NEED ALL THE BOOKS. You will be overwhelmed when you get home and slip into a reading of slump of epic proportions. Have fun – grab those books – but think about what you are taking first. Don’t grab just to grab!

~ DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE. – That kind of goes with the tip above. Don’t be so greedy that you’re pushing people over (I’ve seen someone get knocked face down into a pile of books just to grab a book). Be patient. If you miss a book drop – connect with the lovely people at the publishers booth about possibly sending it your way later. You will not DIE without that book!

Relax! Relax! Relax! Have fun & make lifelong friends!

For more details check out the Tips & Advice post from 2011


  1. This is a great idea. I can't wait to see you and Kevin! : ) And yeah...there have been so many books that I was anxious to get and guess what? Still haven't read most of them. The best times I have at BEA anyway is spending time with my friends.

    1. Oh god! I actually have books form BEA 2011!! I did really well last year with the reading. I'm learning.

  2. Don't be an asshole period.

    Gosh this is my ultimate dream, to attend BEA!

  3. I'll have to check out some of these. I've been once, but not for very long...and it was a few years ago, so yeah, I'm essentially a newbie. haha I don't have a cool phone with internet so I don't know if I'll be able to tweet to you at the event, but hey, maybe we'll randomly bump into each other! :)


    1. Can you text?

      I can never hear my phone ring in there and wifi is always spotty anyway for Twitter.

    2. Yes, I can! Just email here (lauren51990 AT aol DOT com) and I'll get you my number.

  4. I always feel a little envious come this time of year as it would be a dream come true to attend this event. Still, happy to share others thoughts on the event, thanks for the links.

    1. These events are so exhausting but so much fun too.

  5. LOL! Love this "DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE." So obvious but so necessary!

    1. You would think it was obvious right?? It has gotten better IMO (we'll ignore the hideous Book Con day lol)

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    1. Yes!

      I think that this is my last BEA but ALA is in Orlando next year. Hint...hint lol

  7. I started perusing these the other day but haven't made it quite far! Thanks for sharing your expertise and thoughts over the previous years. I can't wait to go in 2016 :)